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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 ... See full summary »

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Cast overview, first billed only:
Quincy Jones ... Himself - Narrator
Dizzy Gillespie Dizzy Gillespie ... Himself
Sonny Rollins ... Himself
Buck Clayton ... Himself
Art Blakey ... Himself
Hank Jones Hank Jones ... Himself
Art Farmer Art Farmer ... Himself
Johnny Griffin Johnny Griffin ... Himself
Milt Hinton Milt Hinton ... Himself
Chubby Jackson Chubby Jackson ... Himself
Scoville Browne Scoville Browne ... Himself
Felix Maxwell Felix Maxwell ... Himself
Paula Morris Paula Morris ... Herself
Taft Jordan Jr. Taft Jordan Jr. ... Himself
Everard Powell Everard Powell ... Himself
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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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USA

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English

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24 February 1995 (USA) See more »

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$527,274
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Best documentary about jazz ever
12 March 2006 | by michael-1012See all my reviews

The best documentary about jazz ever. If you want to know what jazz performers are like, you will learn more from this one hour film than all the hours of Ken Burns' documentary put together. It makes Burns' film insignificant by comparison. Jazz performers shine in this work because Jean Bach is such a skillful interviewer. You can tell the musicians all like her, and since they are always shown talking to the camera, not to her, it comes across as if they all like you, too, the viewer. The film makes you feel very privileged. I own this film and I watch it over and over and never get tired of it. Who could get tired of hanging out for an hour with Dizzy Gillespie, Sonny Rollins, Bud Freeman, Art Farmer, etc. and listening to the excellent narration of Quicy Jones?


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