12/09/2018 - 5:00pm


Sunday December 9th at 5:00 pm
Join us for a special talk and presentation by Jonathan Kane
to celebrate Art Kane. Harlem 1958.
Jonathan will be in conversation with Nate Chinen of WBGO.

Art Kane. Harlem 1958 marks the 60th anniversary of one of the most celebrated images in American history. Now commonly known as A Great Day in Harlem, the famous shot of 57 jazz musicians gathered outside a brownstone in New York is one of the most imitated images in popular culture, by one of the world's greatest photographers.

This book is a visual history of an iconic image including, for the first time, virtually every single frame from the historic shoot. With original text by Art Kane, forewords by Quincy Jones, the legendary Benny Golson, who appears in the photo, and an introduction by Kane's son, musician and photographer Jonathan Kane, the 168-page hardback volume is the story behind the shot.
To read a review of Art Kane. Harlem 1958 in The New York Times, please click here.
About the author: Jonathan Kane began his career as the 15 year old drummer of the Kane Bros. Blues Band, touring the US opening for blues legends Muddy Waters, James Cotton, Willie Dixon and others. After studying at Berklee College of Music, he entered the NYC Downtown Music scene. He co-founded the experimental rock band Swans in 1981, and has toured internationally and recorded over 60 records with La Monte Young’s Forever Bad Blues Band, Rhys Chatham’s 100 Electric Guitar Orchestra, Transmission, Dave Soldier, The  Kropotkins, Soldier Kane, Tony Hymas, Elliott Sharp, Gary Lucas, Jean-François Pauvros, and as leader of his own maximalist blues drone band Jonathan Kane’s February. He is also a photographer and photo editor. 

About Nate Chinen: Nate Chinen joined WBGO as the Director of Editorial Content at the start of 2017.  In addition to overseeing a range of coverage at, he works closely with programs including Jazz Night in America and The Checkout, and contributes to a range of programming on NPR. Before joining the WBGO team. Chinen spent nearly a dozen years as a jazz and pop critic for the New York Times. He also wrote a long-running monthly column and assorted features for JazzTimes. 


"I cannot envision a more beautiful parallel for jazz and art in general; in the moment, you may not realize the impact that you have through your creations, but as this photo demonstrates, the effect and significance will outlast any lifetime. Not only is this photo important to the people in it, but it should be a reminder of where we need to be: together."  Quincy Jones


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