A Great Day in Harlem

A Great Day in Harlem

The Story and Sounds Behind the Most Famous Photo in the History of Jazz!

DVD - 2005
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A great day in Harlem tells the story of Art Kane's famous 1958 group photograph of the jazz greats of the period. Includes home movie footage of that day of the musicians arriving and greeting each other the morning of the shoot. Also includes conversations with musicians and archival performance footage.
Publisher: Chatsworth, Calif. : Image Entertainment, 2005
Edition: Special ed
Branch Call Number: DVD 781.650922 G786
Characteristics: 2 videodiscs (60 min.) : Dolby digital mono. sd., col. with b&w sequences ; 12 cm

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kpelish
Apr 16, 2019

Interviews with still-living legends and the photographer enrich this exploration of the famous jazz artists, snap-shotted in time forever (1958) in front of a Harlem brownstone. If you like history or music, this will be an interesting meander—including musical snippets of the artist's style and how the day inspired similar photo shoots in other cities. Disc 2 also offers additional quick bios.

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byoneoka
Mar 05, 2019

What nostalgia!

A beautiful reflection of many of the top jazz musicians in the center of jazz in Harlem.

A treasure.

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garycornell
Aug 04, 2014

Do you enjoy Jazz and remember all the great jazz stars? A picture of them all is on the DVD cover of the DVD box. It was taken when so many of the jazz all stars were still with us. I believe the photo was taken for "Life Magazine". It was a "Great Day in Harlem" because although they were jazz giants, many had never met each other. Others hadn't seen each other in years. It was a beautiful homecoming for a group of musicians who usually work the worst hours, late at night. After you watch the film, you now can listen to their music and feel "I saw and heard his or hers voice." The film is a masterpiece and we are fortunate that one copy exists in the KCLS. It is checked out now, but don't let this be a buried treasure any longer. Music fans, get your hands on this DVD. You will laugh, hopefully not cry, and be inspired by both the photographer that arranged the meeting and the jazz all stars. This may be the most historic video that KCLS has in it's catalog. Thanks for reading the above. As always, I would love to hear from you. As of today, August 4, 2014, I am the first and only review of this wonderful DVD. Won't you give it a try, you will be pleasantly surprised at its beauty.

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