A Great Day in Harlem

Directed by 


The Joy of Sax
Film Series

Presented by New England Public Radio, UMass Fine Arts Center, and Amherst Cinema, each film in the series will enjoy a live music intro and extensive commentary from WFCR Jazz à la Mode host
Tom Reney.

A GREAT DAY IN HARLEM celebrates the famous photo of 57 jazz greats taken on 126th Street in Harlem.  Jean Bach produced this 1994 Academy Award-nominated documentary which brought together many of the surviving musicians who had gathered one morning in 1958 for a photograph taken by Art Kane for an Esquire Magazine special on jazz.    Among the musicians and jazz journalists featured in this touching and humorous film are Dizzy Gillespie, Benny Golson, Horace Silver, Marian McPartland, and Nat Hentoff.


Double Bill with JAMMIN' THE BLUES
JAMMIN' THE BLUES is an Academy Award-winning short that features Lester Young and Sweets Edison, Jo Jones and Illinois Jacquet.  It was produced by Norman Granz, who would go on to found Jazz at the Philharmonic and Verve Records, and featured the cinematography ofLife Magazine photographer Gjon Mili.