Welcome to greatday in harlem!
In August of 1958 Art Kane, a young photographer from Esquire magazine, had an idea to bring together the most important people in jazz for a group photograph. To his colleagues' surprise 57 jazz greats showed up in Harlem at 10am.
In 1994 Jean Bach brought the photograph to life with a documentary that featured many of the living legends in the photo reminscing where they were in their lives when the photo was taken. Bach's film "A Great Day in Harlem," is one of the best films ever made about jazz music. The film gives a living history of some of the greatest figures in jazz. Want to buy the video? Click here to buy it through Amazon.com. If you are looking for a poster featuring the Art Kane photo, go here for a movie poster.
Clicking on an area of the main photo gives you sections of musicians and their names. Select an individual by clicking their name. Using the buttons, you are able to return to the main photo or the group photos, or this page at any time. Select the below for a more specific search:
This web site contains information on nearly every member in the photo. There are still a handful of people that I haven't got info on. You can help change this. In the confreres sections, the artists are listed by name. Names that are not hot are the missing people.
Please contact me about helping round up information and audio/video sources. Feedback about anything is welcome. Enjoy.