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Video: Blue Note Records: Beyond the Notes Coming to U.S. Theaters

The award-winning documentary plays in New York and Santa Monica in June before nationwide release

The highly-acclaimed documentary Blue Note Records: Beyond the Notes directed by Sophie Huber is coming to select theaters in the United States this summer.

The feature film premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival in 2018 and has since been shown at more than 50 international film festivals. It will screen in New York at the Metrograph and in Santa Monica at the Laemmle Monica Film Center on June 14 and June 28, respectively.

The film will then roll out to cinemas across the nation this summer followed by television broadcasts and a DVD release later in the year.

Founded in New York in 1939 by German Jewish refugees Alfred Lion and Francis Wolff,  Blue Note Records goes beyond the landmark recordings, encompassing the pursuit of musical freedom, the conflict between art and commerce and the idea of music as a transformative force. Through rare archival footage, current day recording sessions, and conversations with jazz icons and future legends, Blue Note Records: Beyond The Notes reveals a powerful mission and illuminates the vital connections between jazz and hip hop.

“It is important that this film comes out now, as it touches on topics that continue to be vital in this political climate,” said Director Sophie Huber. “The film celebrates the vision and quest of these powerful artists from the past, the present and indeed the future. It is an honor to be a part of the project and to now release this film in America, the origin of this music.”


JazzTimes reviewed the film when it was released last year. Colin Fleming wrote that it’s: “a film of quiet asides, conversational moments when someone says plenty without conscious awareness that they’re saying much of anything… That’s what you want your jazz to be. And this is what you want your jazz doc about that jazz to be.” 

Read the full review of Blue Note Records: Beyond the Notes here.

Visit the film’s official website For screening and theatre details, visit the official website for Blue Note Records: Beyond the Notes.