Tomorrow marks the day in 1958 when dozens of jazz greats posed for a photo that became known as "A Great Day in Harlem."
Captured by Art Kane for Esquire magazine, the black-and-white image (original title: "Harlem 1958") shows 57 musicians including Count Basie, Thelonious Monk, and Charles Mingus gathered in front of a Harlem brownstone on E 126th Street.
On August 12, 2021—63 years to the day later—the block will be co-named “Art Kane Harlem 1958 Place.” A ceremony at 2:45pm will include a speech by the photographer's son as well as a jazz performance by Patience Higgins and the Sugar Hill Quartet.
So where exactly is the street? A residential block lined with historic brownstones, E 126th Street is located between Fifth and Madison Avenues in East Harlem.
The iconic photo shows the musicians standing on the stoop of a stately townhouse with the number 17 on it, and the original house still stands today.
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