Since its creation in 1958 “A Great Day in Harlem” has become an icon of jazz photography. It is also recognized, in the broader context of American photography, as a major work. Through appearances on posters, postcards, in books and magazines it is celebrated worldwide. Originally commissioned by Esquire magazine, the underlying concept was simple: to create a group portrait of living legendary jazz musicians on a Harlem street. However the photograph’s compositional brilliance, its historic importance, no less the complex logistics required to organize the shoot, made Art Kane’s achievement a notable event in the history of photography.
1Hilton Jefferson 2Benny Golson 3Art Farmer 4Wilbur Ware 5Art Blakey 6Chubby Jackson 7Johnny Griffin 8Dickie Wells 9Buck Clayton 10Taft Jordan 11Zutty Singleton 12Red Allen 13Tyree Glenn 14Miff Molo 15Sonny Greer 16Jay C. Higginbotham 17Jimmy Jones 18Charles Mingus 19Jo Jones 20Gene Krupa 21Max Kaminsky 22George Wettling 23 Bud Freeman 24Pee Wee Russell 25Ernie Wilkins26Buster Bailey 27Osie Johnson 28Gigi Gryce 29Hank Jones 30Eddie Locke 31Horace Silver 32Luckey Roberts 33Maxine Sullivan 34Jimmy Rushing 35Joe Thomas 36Scoville Browne 37Stuff Smith 38Bill Crump 39Coleman Hawkins 40Rudy Powell 41Oscar Pettiford 42Sahib Shihab 43Marian McPartland 44Sonny Rollins 45Lawrence Brown 46Mary Lou Williams 47Emmett Berry 48Thelonius Monk 49Vic Dickenson 50Milt Hinton 51Lester Young 52Rex Stewart 53J.C. Heard 54Gerry Mulligan 55Roy Eldgridge 56Dizzy Gillespie 57Count Basie