Dr. Ruth Lion

Oral History Information

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Job Title
Manager
Company Name
Blue Note Records

Dr. Ruth Lion’s late husband, Alfred Lion, was the founder of Blue Note Records. Together they played a colossal role in the documentation of jazz throughout most of the 20th century. The long and impressive list of artists they recorded and promoted reads like a Who’s Who of Jazz including Monk and Gillespie to Rollins and Silver. Her charming personality and warm demeanor resulted in the close friendship with many of the recording artists in jazz. Dr. Lion provided wonderful insight into this era as well as stories behind many of those classic recordings.  Dear Ruth passed away on May 20, 2011, however, the work she did to document jazz music will live forever.