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A GREAT DAY IN HARLEM

The new publication ART KANE—HARLEM 1958 celebrates the 60th anniversary of the publication in Esquire of the iconic photograph A Great Day in Harlem.

Count Basie, Dizzy Gillespie, Mary Lou Williams, Sonny Rollins, Benny Golson, Coleman Hawkins, Maxine Sullivan, Jimmy Rushing, Marian McPartland, Oscar Pettiford, Charles Mingus, Gene KrupaThelonious Monk, Lester Young, Bud Freeman, Pee Wee Russell, Red Allen, Art Farmer, and Gerry Mulligan were among the fifty-seven jazz giants captured in front of 17 East 126th Street on August 12, 1958.

 

ART KANE—HARLEM 1958 (Alba, Italy: Wall of Sound, 2018).

Above book cover credit: Wall of Sound.

Below: Art Kane, A Great Day in Harlem, 1958. Count Basie standing in black suit, front center-right. Marian McPartland and Mary Lou Williams, second and third to Basie’s left.

MIRIAM MAKEBA DOCUMENTARY

Miriam Makeba—the South African singer and anti-apartheid activist—was “the voice and the hope of Africa. Her music influenced artists across the globe, and remained anchored in her traditional South African roots, conveying strong messages against racism and poverty.

“Forced into exile in 1959… she performed with Harry Belafonte, Nina Simone, and Dizzy Gillespie, and was married to Hugh Masekela and Stokely Carmichael.”*

A public advocate and entertainer to the end, Makeba died at 76 immediately after leaving a concert stage in Castel Volturno, Italy, in 2008. The documentary MAMA AFRICA—MIRIAM MAKEBA, directed by Finnish filmmaker Mika Kaurismäki, is now playing at the Downtown Independent.

 

MAMA AFRICA—MIRIAM MAKEBA, through Wednesday, February 21.

DOWNTOWN INDEPENDENT, 251 South Main Street, Los Angeles.

mamaafrica.brownpapertickets.com

downtownindependent.com/events

Miriam Makeba with (top) Marlon Brando, and Nina Simone. Image credit: Miriam Makeba Foundation.

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