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24 February 1995 (USA) See more »
Art Kane, now deceased, coordinated a group photograph of all the top jazz musicians in NYC in the year 1958... See more » | Add synopsis »
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Quincy Jones ... Himself / Narrator
Dizzy Gillespie ... Himself

Sonny Rollins ... Himself
Buck Clayton ... Himself
Art Blakey ... Himself
Hank Jones ... Himself
Art Farmer ... Himself
Johnny Griffin ... Himself
Milt Hinton ... Himself
Chubby Jackson ... Himself
Scoville Browne ... Himself
Felix Maxwell ... Himself
Paula Morris ... Herself
Taft Jordan Jr. ... Himself
Everard Powell ... Himself
Marian McPartland ... Herself
Bud Freeman ... Himself
Max Kaminsky ... Himself
Eddie Locke ... Himself
Gerry Mulligan ... Himself
Benny Golson ... Himself
Ernie Wilkins ... Himself
Elaine Lorillard ... Herself
Nat Hentoff ... Himself
Mona Hinton ... Herself
Robert Altschuler ... Himself
Mike Lipskin ... Himself
Steve Frankfurt ... Himself
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Horace Silver ... Himself
Henry 'Red' Allen ... Himself (archive footage) (uncredited)

Count Basie ... Himself (archive footage) (uncredited)

Robert Benton ... Himself (uncredited)
Vic Dickenson ... Himself (archive footage) (uncredited)
Roy Eldridge ... Himself (archive footage) (uncredited)
Sonny Greer ... Himself (archive footage) (uncredited)

Coleman Hawkins ... Himself (archive footage) (uncredited)
Jo Jones ... Himself (archive footage) (uncredited)

Gene Krupa ... Himself (archive footage) (uncredited)
Charles Mingus ... Himself (archive footage) (uncredited)
Thelonious Monk ... Himself (archive footage) (uncredited)
Jimmy Rushing ... Himself (archive footage) (uncredited)
Pee Wee Russell ... Himself (archive footage) (uncredited)
Zutty Singleton ... Himself (archive footage) (uncredited)
Stuffy Smith ... Himself (archive footage) (uncredited)
Willie 'The Lion' Smith ... Himself (archive footage) (uncredited)
Rex Stewart ... Himself (archive footage) (uncredited)
Maxine Sullivan ... Herself (archive footage) (uncredited)
George Wettling ... Himself (archive footage) (uncredited)
Lester Young ... Himself (archive footage) (uncredited)

Directed by
Jean Bach 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Jean Bach 
Susan Peehl 
Matthew Seig 

Produced by
Terrell Braly .... executive producer
Stuart Samuels .... associate producer
Matthew Seig .... co-producer
Cinematography by
Steve Petropoulos 
Film Editing by
Susan Peehl 
Sound Department
Judy Benjamin .... sound recordist
Chris Burke .... sound effects
Neal Gettinger .... sound recordist (as Neil Gettinger)
Steven Hertzog .... sound recordist
Jerry Stein .... sound mixer
Roy B. Yokelson .... post-production sound
Camera and Electrical Department
Del Hall .... additional cinematographer
Ralph Pitre .... animation camera operator
Animation Department
Michael Bianchi .... animator: title animation
Editorial Department
Phil Fallo .... on-line editor
Music Department
Rick Eisenstein .... music clearances
Johnny Mandel .... music consultant
Other crew
Mark Cantor .... archival consultant
Andreas Combuchen .... title designer
Milt Hinton .... source: original 8 mm film
Mona Hinton .... source: original 8 mm film

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9 out of 9 people found the following review useful.
A Great Day for Jazz Buffs, 10 April 2005
Author: BerkeleyFarmer from Berkeley, CA

Imagine gathering 57 of the greatest legends, the creme de la creme, the absolute je ne sais quoi elite of the American art form; the people who created, shaped, formed and reformed, coddled and nursed, and were themselves that art form. The men and women of Jazz, capital "jay", in 1958. Imagine gathering not a dozen or so, but 57 of the greatest, most influential musicians of the day. In one place. At the same time. To capture one photograph.

Now try to imagine not only how difficult that feat would be, but consider that the photo shoot was scheduled for daylight hours when jazz musicians are just getting home from their all-night gigs!!

And yet, without having a real sense at the significance of the gathering at the time, one man, Art Kane, was able to accomplish that feat. What remains is not only the still black and white image of that one moment, but the moving pictures recorded before, during and after the photo was taken.

This film is a labor of love. Of love for the craft of jazz. Of love for the craftspeople of jazz. Of love for the art of jazz.

On the ode scale, which rates movies based on the total cost of seeing it versus the quality of the film itself: Definitely worth the cost of a full-price admission, plus large popcorn and large drink. Worth seeing even if you have to pay a baby sitter and a cab fare. Seeing it on the big screen is the only way to get the full impact, the full resonance of what this day represented then and what it represents to jazz lovers today.

Plus, it is pure joy to watch the Giants at play!

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