Documentary about the legendary jazz label “Blue Note Records” today on 3sat

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The New York label Blue Note is more than 80 years old and a living legend. 3sat portrays the label this Saturday evening.

In Sophie Huber’s documentary “Blue Note Records – Beyond the Notes” (Switzerland 2018), influential figures in jazz history such as Herbie Hancock and Wayne Shorter remember the great times of jazz today at 9:55 pm on 3sat. Even today’s pioneers like Robert Glasper and Terrace Martin talk about the important jazz label, which is currently run by star producer Don Was.

Documentary celebrated its premiere on the occasion of the 80th anniversary of the label

In January 1939, the Berlin emigrants Alfred Lion and Francis Wolff founded the legendary label in New York after they had escaped from Hitler in the USA. Driven by their love of jazz, they gave their musicians a free hand. They took jazz as seriously as they did classical music. As the first label bosses, they paid their musicians trial periods. Their photographs of the recording sessions on the album covers made their artists icons of coolness and jazz.

“Blue Note Records – Beyond the Notes” was awarded the Opus GmbH Music Prize at the German Documentary Film Prize 2019 and will be broadcast for the first time in Germany on 3sat this Saturday evening. The documentary is also until January 30th in the 3sat media library retrievable.


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