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Art Kane, now deceased, coordinated a group photograph of all the top jazz musicians in NYC in the year 1958, for a piece in Esquire magazine. Just about every jazz musician at the time showed up for the photo shoot which took place in front of a brownstone near the 125th street station. The documentary compiles interviews of many of the musicians in the photograph to talk about the day of the photograph, and it shows film footage taken that day by Milt Hinton and his wife. Written by Daren Gill

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engaging documentary
27 September 1999 | by (Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania) – See all my reviews

A one hour documentary on how a famous picture of some 30 jazzmen in 1958 was prepared one morning in 125th Street and Lenox Avenue. Thirty-five years later, those that were still alive were interviewed reminiscing of how the event took place. Even the small kid sitting on the curb, now a grown adult, was interviewed. There is also footage of a small portable movie camera that one had at the time. Funny too listening on the stories of these jazz giants.


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