Monday, November 7, 2016

Orgill, Roxane. Jazz day: The Making of a Famous Photograph.

Orgill, Roxane.  Jazz day: The Making of a Famous Photograph.     Candlewick Press  2016  np  $18.99  ISBN 978-0-7636-6954-6        elem/ms  Nonfiction  E-BN  

Art Kane, a graphic designer, was behind the creation of a photograph of jazz greats that is known as “Harlem 1958”. Through a series of poems that are beautifully illustrated, the author recreates the events and participants in the day. Kane decided to have the picture taken in front of a brownstone in Harlem, and the photo shoot, including 58 musicians, lasted four to five hours. The final photograph featured the internationally famous -- Dizzy Gillespie and Count Basie -- as well as those who were only known within jazz circles. Biographies of the more famous participants and a list of additional resources are included. This book is highly recommended for poetry and music collections.

Summary: Poetry and beautiful illustrations capture a day in Harlem in 1958 when jazz greats were photographed together.

Jazz, Photography, Poetry                                   --Stephanie Pennucci

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