About “Harlem 1958”
During the Summer of 1958, photographer Art Kane
gathered 57 of the greatest Jazz Musicians in
New York City to be a part of a photograph to be
published in the January 1959 “Jazz” edition of
Although all jazz musicians were invited, Kane had
no idea who, how many or if any musicians at all
would show up as the shoot was going to be done
around 10 a.m., not exactly a time most jazz musicians
would typically be out of bed. To his surprise, they
began to show up, one by one… by bus, cab
and subway, fifty seven of the worlds greatest jazz musicians including Dizzy Gillespie,
Thelonius Monk, Charles Mingus, Count Basie, Gerry Mulligan, Sonny Rollins and
the great Lester Young.
Through the years, this photograph and story have taken on a life of their own. It was also
the basis of the recent Steven Speilberg/Tom Hanks movie “The Terminal”. Known as
“Harlem 1958” it is one of the most well known/most talked about photographs ever made
of a group of jazz musicians.
More about “Harlem 1958” and the amazing story/dvd/book entitled “A Great Day In Harlem”
can be found here.