'Harlem 1958'

Photographer Art Kane assembled 57 of the greatest jazz artists of the era on 126th Street in Harlem for this image - his first assignment as a professional photographer. The photo was to accompany an Esquire magazine article, "The Golden Age of Jazz," which was published in January 1959. Today, the photo is legendary. The mere fact that someone could gather so many talents and temperaments so early on a summer morning amazes many.

Artists pictured include Dizzy Gillespie, Marian McPartland, Thelonious Monk, Charles Mingus, Sonny Rollins, Mary Lou Williams, Gene Krupa, Roy Eldridge, and Count Basie. (Basie is the one sitting on the curb with neighborhood children.)

The photograph launched Art Kane's career. He went on to take many more iconic photographs of musicians, in addition to his work in fashion and magazine photography.

For complete identifications, go to: www.artkane.com/thumbnails/harlem.html and click on the image.

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