Academic journal article Language Arts

Jazz Day: The Making of a Famous Photograph

Academic journal article Language Arts

Jazz Day: The Making of a Famous Photograph

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Jazz Day: The Making of a Famous Photograph Written by Roxane Orgill Illustrated by Francis Vallejo Candlewick, 2016, 66 pp., ISBN 978-0-7636-6954-6

It was 1958 and Art Kane, a graphic designer and devoted jazz lover, pitched a crazy idea to Esquire magazine. He wanted to gather as many jazz musicians as possible and photograph the group one morning in Harlem. He did not own a professional camera, nor did he know who would attend. But Esquire agreed the idea was worthwhile, and they circulated invitations throughout the New York City jazz scene. The poems in this collection are all inspired by Art Kane's ensuing photograph, Harlem 1958 or A Great Day in Harlem. Individually and collectively, the poems' rhythmic verses mirror the melodic and improvisational sound of jazz music. …

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