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30 October 2009 – 07 February 2010
Jewish Museum Berlin | Eric F. Ross Galerie

It must schwing.
Blue Note – Photography by Francis Wolff and Jimmy Katz

Legendary jazz label Blue Note Records was founded 1939 in New York by Jewish emigrants Alfred Lion und Francis Wolff. Both had grown up in Berlin, both had been passionate jazz fans since their early ages and both were proud owners of substantial record collections. Jazz to them was not just music but an entire lifestyle – according to Alfred Lion’s creed: “It must schwing”.

The exhibition shows photographs by Francis Wolff who used to document the recordings, creating a unique photo galery of famous jazz musician’s portraits. Amongst them portraits of John Coltrane, Art Blakey, Miles Davis, Dexter Gordon, Herbie Hancock, Thelonious Monk, Bud Powell, Sonny Rollins, Horace Silver and Jimmy Smith.
Additionally, the newer history of Blue Note is documented through photographs of Jimmy Katz, the label’s photographer since 1993.

A special exhibition of the Jewish Museum Berlin
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