In honor of the Harlem Jazz Shrines Festival, we are streaming the 1994 documentary A Great Day in Harlem that documents the incredible circumstances that went into the timeless 1958 black and white portrait which included jazz legends like Lester Young, Coleman Hawkins, Roy Eldridge, Dizzy Gillespie, Count Basie, Art Blakey, Charles Mingus, Gerry Mulligan, Thelonious Monk, and Sonny Rollins, among numerous others. In total an astonishing 57 musicians showed up just to be in the picture taken by Art Kane at 17 East 126th Street.

A Great Day in Harlem 1958 Art Kane

Full List of Musicians: Hilton Jefferson, Benny Golson, Art Farmer, Wilbur Ware, Art Blakey, Chubby Jackson, Johnny Griffin, Dickie Wells, Buck Clayton, Taft Jordan, Zutty Singleton, Red Allen, Tyree Glenn, Miff Molo, Sonny Greer, Jay C. Higginbotham, Jimmy Jones, Charles Mingus, Jo Jones, Gene Krupa, Max Kaminsky, George Wettling, Bud Freeman, Pee Wee Russell, Ernie Wilkins, Buster Bailey, Osie Johnson, Gigi Gryce, Hank Jones, Eddie Locke, Horace Silver, Luckey Roberts, Maxine Sullivan, Jimmy Rushing, Joe Thomas, Scoville Browne, Stuff Smith, Bill Crump, Coleman Hawkins, Rudy Powell, Oscar Pettiford, Sahib Shihab , Marian McPartland, Sonny Rollins, Lawrence Brown, Mary Lou Williams, Emmett Berry, Thelonius Monk, Vic Dickenson, Milt Hinton, Lester Young, Rex Stewart, J.C. Heard, Gerry Mulligan, Roy Eldgridge, Dizzy Gillespie, Count Basie

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You may also like:
The Infamous Jazz Shrines of Harlem
A Great Day in Harlem: The Piano Virtuosos
A Great Day In Harlem (Part 2): The Distinguished Saxophonists


Harlem Jazz Shrines Festival



2 Replies to "Watch: A Great Day In Harlem (1994)"
May 14, 2013 at 8:29 pm

What a wonderful day that must have been! It really shows how a sense of community can inspire. Its easy to forget that as these were musicians (many of them hard living and wild living) and it meant something extra for them all to have agreed to get up early in the morning to dress up to take a picture together. Even with all the rivalries and egos amongst this rollcall list of the greats, they still managed something so important to history’s memory. Community was and is important to the craft and its perpetuity.

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