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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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Jean Bach
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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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Stereo
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An utterly charming documentary
29 January 2017 | by runamokprodsSee all my reviews

This fun, informative documentary covers the taking of a classic photo in 1958 for Esquire, that had almost every great Jazz star of the era, from Dizzy Gillespie, to Count Basie to Thelonius Monk, etc etc.

While the film is too short (just under and hour) to go into any great detail, and maybe a little too much time is spent on various greats 25 years later saying how great everyone else was, there's a sweetness and infectious enthusiasm that director Bach (no spring chicken herself) brings to this collection of memories of a time and place.

If you have any interest in photography or jazz this is a must.

BTW - the two disc DVD has literally hours of interesting extras that balance the feature's short running time.


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