Blue Note Records: Beyond the Notes | Osher Marin Jewish Community Center

Blue Note Records: Beyond the Notes

Wed, January 16, 2019 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Best of the San Francisco Jewish Film Festival, Season 38
Blue Note
Sophie Huber | Switzerland, USA | Documentary | 85 min


In the 1950s and ’60s Blue Note Records boasted a roster that included Miles Davis, John Coltrane, Thelonious Monk, Bud Powell, Art Blakey, Horace Silver, Lee Morgan, now all larger-than-life figures in the world of jazz. And while many of them recorded for other labels as well, it was with Blue Note that they did their most innovative, most memorable work. Even the cool album covers are considered classics of modern graphic design. Sophie Huber’s documentary explores what was behind the making of Blue Note. As you might expect, the founders were a couple of infatuated music lovers who insisted that the artists play what was inside them. Not trying to make “hits,” although a few hits did come. Arthur Lion and Frank Wolff, Jewish refugees from Nazi Germany who came to America in the 1930s and discovered jazz, were so taken with the music that they began to record it, just for themselves, before creating the label in 1939. Interviewees like Herbie Hancock, Wayne Shorter and Lou Donaldson tell anecdotes about Lion and Wolff, reflecting their deep admiration. This is a story of how sincere devotion to the music resulted in a legacy of African American art that is still an influence on young musicians. A complete delight from beginning to end.



Get a front row seat to one of the highlights from the newest season of SF Jewish Film Festival—the first and largest Jewish film festival in the world!

If you missed it in the city, now’s your chance to catch it closer to home in Marin! We are pleased to present three films that represent the best from Season 38 of the San Francisco Jewish Film Festival.

Jan 16: Blue Note Records: Beyond the Notes

Jan 30: The Sign for Love

Feb 13: Satan & Adam (Q&A with the filmmaker!) 

*Concessions sold at each film screening


Film Bundle (Advance Purchase): $27

Individual Tickets
Advance Price (until the day before the film screening)

  • $10 Members & Kids under 17
  • $12 Public
  • Day-of Price: $15


The San Francisco Jewish Film Festival is the first and largest Jewish film festival in the world. Presenting innovative film each summer in the Bay Area, the festival promotes awareness, appreciation and pride in the diversity of the Jewish people. Festival programs are meant to create community and strengthen consciousness of Jewish identity, history and culture; provide a dynamic and inclusive forum for exploration of and dialogue about the Jewish experience; and encourage independent filmmakers working with Jewish themes.

Location: Hoytt Theater

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