The Jazz Estate - Sixty-four years ago today, freelance photographer Art Kane called together as man
Sixty-four years ago today, freelance photographer Art Kane called together as many jazz soloists as he could for a photograph which has come to be known as "A Great Day in Harlem."In all, 57 musicians duly assembled in Harlem between Fifth and Madison Avenues. The group included Dizzy Gillespie, Art Blakey, Thelonius Monk, Coleman Hawkins, Lester Young, Charles Mingus, Gerry Mulligan and Count Basie.Another thing that makes this photo so extraordinary is that it was Art Kane’s first photoshoot. He was given the chance and it was Kane’s idea to take the photo in Harlem, a risk on many levels, not least trying to get everyone together in one place at 10 a.m. in the morning. Gerry Mulligan didn’t believe anyone would show up because it was way too early.2- From the left: Benny Golson, Sonny Rollins, Thelonious Monk.3- From the left: Eddie Locke, Jay C Higginbotham, Charles Mingus, Ernie Wilkins, Bill Crump.4- Front row, from the left: Bill Crump, Stuff Smith, Sonny Rollins, Coleman Hawkins.5- Lester Young, Gerry Mulligan, Art Farmer, Gigi Gryce.6- Dizzy Gillespie crossing the street with a camera.7- The full list of musicians in A Great Day In Harlem.
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