The famed Art Kane jazz photograph “A Great Day In Harlem” is being recreated Tuesday with the crème de la crème of modern day urban talent. In the neighborhood of 125 hip-hop music superstars have confirmed their participation in the recreation of the historic picture.
The original photo shoot was for “Esquire” magazine and took place in the summer of 1958 with 57 major jazz performers gathered on the steps of a brownstone on Harlem’s 125th Street. Included in the session were jazz greats ranging from Dizzy Gillespie to Thelonius Monk to Sonny Rollins to Charlie Mingus. The photo itself graced countless gallerys and books for the next 40 years. The gathering itself became the subject of an Oscar-nominated documentary in 1995.
Tuesday’s session will be shot by photo journalist Gordon Parks.
A partial list of artists expected to attend the recreation include (in alphabetical order): A Tribe Called Quest, AZ, Audio Two- Milk D, Big Punisher, Black Moon, Chubb
Rock, C.L. Smooth, Def Squad, De La Soul, Digital Underground, DJ Red Alert, D-Nice, Doug E. Fresh, Ed Lover, Eightball & MJG, EPMD, Fat Joe, Foxy Brown, Gil Scott Heron, Grandmaster Flash, Jermaine Dupri, Kurupt, Jungle Brothers, Kid Capri, Kool G. Rap, Kool Herc, Last Poets, Lil’ Kim, Lord Tariq & Peter Gunz, Lost Boyz, The Lox, Marley Marl, MC Ren, Mase, Mobb Deep, Nas, Noreaga, Onyx, Pete Rock, Poor Righteous Teachers, Rakim, The Roots, Run DMC & Jam Master Jay, Russell Simmons, Salt-n-Pepa, Scarface, Shaquille O’Neal, Showbiz & A.G., Slick Rick, Special K & Teddy Ted, Third Bass, Too Short, Treacherous Three, U.T.F.O, Warren G, and the Wu-Tang Clan.