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SATURDAY MATINÉE: A Great Day In Harlem (1994)


A documentary about A Great Day In Harlem, the famous jazz photo taken in 1958, is this week’s Saturday Matinée.

When talk turns to iconic music photos, one of the most famous has to be A Great Day In Harlem, a black and white photo taken back in 1958. Featuring 57 of the biggest names in jazz, A Great Day In Harlem was more than just a photograph. It was a rare glimpse of the masters of the jazz craft in one place – the New York neighbourhood that heralded a Black renaissance in the 1920s. In 1994, a documentary was filmed that told the account of the circumstances that brought the event about. If you’re any kind of music fan – not just jazz – you’ll enjoy this.

Stream it below and check out the full list of attendees underneath.

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

(via The Revivalist)