On a summer morning in 1958, Esquire magazine art director Art Kane assembled a remarkable array of the day’s leading jazz musicians—Dizzy Gillespie, Sonny Rollins, Art Blakey, Hank Jones, Milt Hinton, and others—in Harlem for a group photograph that would go down in history. Packed with lively interviews with the subjects, performances, and never-before-seen footage, this acclaimed, Oscar-nominated documentary explores the story behind the iconic image and provides a lively and fascinating window into an unprecedented era in music history.
PRECEDED BY: The Greatest Album Covers of Jazz
What does modern jazz look like? For a lot of music fans, the visual identity of jazz has become synonymous with a single record label that defined the sound and feeling of the musical style during its transformation from the complicated melodies of bebop to the soulful hooks of hard bop during the 1950s and ’60s. That record label is Blue Note, and their album covers are so iconic, they’ve been the point of inspiration for graphic designers and musicians for the past 60 years.
Estelle Caswell. VOX. 2018. 7 m. NR. US. English.
RECEPTION Don’t miss the dessert and wine reception upstairs in the Jane Peck Gallery!