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Uncompromising expression: Blue Note at 75

By Jonathan Derbyshire  

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In 1928, a young German-Jewish man named Alfred Lion arrived in New York to look for work. He was also looking for music—specifically, jazz. He had come to the right place. The year before, Duke Ellington’s band began a residency at the Cotton Club in Harlem that would last for almost four years. Other luminaries playing bars and ballrooms the length and breadth of Manhattan during this period included Louis Armstrong, Fletcher Henderson and Coleman Hawkins. Lion saw some of these giants play. And he bought their records in large quantities.

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