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A Great Day in Harlem


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A Great Day in Harlem

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!

Tickets: $20 (members), $25 (nonmembers)


Live Performance by Emmet Cohen
Live Performance by Emmet Cohen
Wednesday, May. 29 2019, 7:15
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Not yet 30, pianist and composer Emmet Cohen is one of his generation’s pivotal artistic figures. Downbeat praised the “nimble touch, measured stride, and warm harmonic vocabulary” he employs to communicate with other musicians and audiences. Leader of the Emmet Cohen Trio, Cohen has performed recently at the Village Vanguard (with legendary bassist Ron Carter), the Blue Note, Dizzy’s Club Coca-Cola, Birdland, Jazz Standard, Lincoln Center’s Rose Hall, and the Kennedy Center. He is currently Hammond B-3 organist-in-residence at Harlem’s Smoke jazz club. He lectures on jazz performance through the YoungArts Foundation and Lincoln Center’s Jazz for Young People program. He has appeared in the Monterey, Newport, North Sea, Bern, and Edinburgh jazz festivals, among others.

A brilliant, funny, moving, altogether miraculous documentary
-Whitney Balliett, New York Times
It is not only a wonderful film, but also a wonderful idea; starting with an old photograph, a day, and an age are brought back to life
-Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times

This film is part of the Jazz Sessions: Beyond the Notes series.

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