Hours of New Special Features! "Art Kane" Featurette "Bill Charlap and Kenny Washington" Featurette "Copycat Photos" Featurette "Stories from the Making of A Great Day in Harlem" Featurette PLUS: Bonus 2nd Disc Includes Over Two Hours of New Video Profiles of the 59 Musicians involved in the photograph!
A Great Day in Harlem
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Getting that many jazz musicians together at eleven o'clock in the morning was trickier than you might think - most of the participants were usually sleeping at that hour, as many by trade were working in nightclubs until the wee hours of the morning. Indeed, some of the musicians who were invited failed to show up, either unable to commit themselves to awakening at such unaccustomed hours or misunderstanding the depth of the project completely.
There are wonderful interviews with some of the original musicians, notably Art Blakey and Dizzie Gillespie, but a number of other musicians are heard from as well, including trumpeter Buck Clayton, singer Marian McPartland and the great saxophone player, Gerry Mulligan. The participants in the photo are a veritable who's who of Jazz; some of the musicians include Red Allen, Buster Bailey, Count Basie, Lester Young, Maxine Sullivan, Stuff Smith, Pee Wee Russell, Jimmy Rushing, Sonny Rollins, Theolonious Monk, Charles Mingus, Gene Krupa, Max Kaminsky, Jo Jones, Milt Hinton, Art Farmer, Vic Dickenson, Lawrence Brown, Coleman Hawkins, J. C. Heard and Oscar Pettiford. The surviving musicians interviewed for the film offer fascinating comments on their peers.
The film notes sadly that many of the musicians in the photo are no longer with us.Read more ›
The first disk shows Jean Bach's excellent film; the second contains bios, archival pix and film clips of everybody in the picture. The second disk is quite a bonus--it's over 3 hours long and is very informative!
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Excellent. We will never have such a day again where so many major musicians get together for a photograph.Published 27 days ago by R. Waller
This video is wonderful. I bought it alone with the Poser and the two of them together can at times almost bring tears to the eyes of this old geezer. Read morePublished 2 months ago by grandriver
The extras make this DVD. The profiles of the 59 are particularly enlightening.Published 5 months ago by Stencil
Loved it. I have had a copy of the photo for years and thought what a beautiful story it would be to see how all those GREATS got in that place at the same time. Fantastic :-)Published 7 months ago by cheryl congo
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