August 12, 1958. 58 years ago, 57 of the most influential jazz musicians ever met in Harlem for a photograph, taken by Art Kane working for Esquire, that has spawned a movie about the event and references in another, The Girls in the Band.
There has never been another like it, before or since. It is a monument to the men — and three ladies: Maxine Sullivan, Marian McPartland and Mary Lou Williams — whose music radiated out from New York to the world.
It will be forever know as A Great Day in Harlem!