Alfred Lion - Blue Note founder, producer, (1908 - 1987)
BLUE NOTE RECORDS HISTORY
In 1925, 16-year old Alfred Lion noticed a concert poster for Sam Wooding's orchestra near his favorite ice-skating arena in his native Berlin, Germany. He'd heard many of his mother's jazz records and began to take an interest in the music, but that night his life was changed. The impact of what he heard live touched a deep passion within him. His thirst for the music temporarily brought him to New York in 1928 where he worked on the docks and slept in Central Park to get closer to the music.
On December 23, 1938, Lion attended the celebrated Spirituals to Swing concert at Carnegie Hall