Jazz day : the making of a famous photograph

Orgill, Roxane, author

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  • Creator Roxane Orgill ; illustrated by Francis Vallejo
  • Format Books
  • Contributors
  • Publication First edition 2016. [Somerville, Massachusetts] : Candlewick Press, [2016]. ©2016.
  • Physical Details
    • ix, 55 pages, 1 folded leaf : illustrations (some color) ; 29 cm
  • ISBNs 9780763669546, 0763669547
  • OCLC ocn913844760


  • When Esquire magazine planned an issue to salute the American jazz scene in 1958, graphic designer Art Kane pitched a crazy idea: how about gathering a group of beloved jazz musicians and photographing them? He didn't own a good camera, didn't know if any musicians would show up, and insisted on setting up the shoot in front of a Harlem brownstone. Could he pull it off? In a captivating collection of poems, Roxane Orgill steps into the frame of Harlem 1958, bringing to life the musicians' mischief and quirks, their memorable style, and the vivacious atmosphere of a Harlem block full of kids on a hot summer's day. Francis Vallejo's vibrant, detailed, and wonderfully expressive paintings do loving justice to the larger-than-life quality of jazz musicians of the era. Includes bios of several of the fifty-seven musicians, an author's note, sources, a bibliography, and a foldout of Art Kane's famous photograph.


  • Includes bibliographical references (pages 54-55).
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