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The Great Jazz Day Paperback – July 16, 2002


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  • Paperback: 144 pages
  • Publisher: Da Capo Press (July 16, 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0306811634
  • ISBN-13: 978-0306811630
  • Product Dimensions: 12 x 9 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.9 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,229,644 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Charles Graham is a former editor of Down Beat magazine and lives in New York City. Dan Morgenstern is the director of the Institute of Jazz Studies at Rutgers University, and lives in Newark, New Jersey.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Jeff Lowenthal on April 18, 2013
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I thought the Great Day movie said everything one could say about the making of this fantastic photograph, but The Great Jazz day finds a good deal more, as well as apparently unseen photographs.

Charlie Graham, by the way, was not "The Editor" of Down Beat, but the Hi Fi Editor. Nevertheless contributions by him and the notable critic Dan Morgenstern are excellent.

If you appreciate the photography, buy the movie AND this book.
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This book is actually identical to an earlier one titled The Great Jazz Day: The Story of the Classic Photographs and the Unforgettable Film.

The focus is on Art Kane's iconic photo of August 12, 1958 - (24x35) Art Kane A Great Day in Harlem Jazz Portrait 1958 Photo Poster Print - as well as a lot of background information about some participants and the principals. If you own the photo this book is a great companion.

Befitting a book about a photo this is heavily illustrated, adding even more value because of the information and how it captures the mood and era visually. The book is divided into three sections:

I - The Big Picture. Here is there you are treated to stories as related by both principals and subjects about the morning of the photo, as well as events leading to it - and an aftermath. Art Kane, Mike Lipskin and Robert Benton add a lot of context as they remember their participation, and the personal accounts by Milt Hinton, Horace Silver, Dizzy Gillespie and Sonny Rollins add depth and texture to the story.

II - Trumpet Players in Central Park is a short section about another photo of just the trumpet players. Personally I feel that this part of the book loses some of the focus. On the other hand, it does provide an historical record of an alternate photo so it's not lost in the fog of history.

III - The Golden Age provides more context and historical background. The theme is 52th Street and some of the key musicians who made this the center of the jazz universe during its golden age.
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