In 1958, 57 notable jazz musicians gathered for a legendary photograph entitled A Great Day in Harlem on the steps of an unassuming brownstone at 17 East 126th Street.
The building hasn’t changed much since then, and of the hundreds of correct responses, I was thrilled to see how many went the distance and either took a picture of themselves in front, or photoshopped themselves in. Just a handful of the entries…
The idea behind this was simply to make the location become more than just a forgettable address found via a Google search. Hopefully those who made the trek felt the weight of history when standing on the doorstep, and maybe those that Photoshopped will decide to check it out someday when traveling through Harlem.
As for the $100 gift certificate to New York’s The Jazz Standard?
The prize goes to Jeremy H. of LIC, New York, who actually made the trip to E 126th:
Thank to everyone for entering! Definitely check out the Jazz Standard for some great music AND killer BBQ from the Blue Smoke downstairs.
Finally, be sure to check out The Jazz Session, where Jason Crane hosts a podcast with in-depth interviews of jazz musicians, producers, and others in the field. To date, that’s hundreds of interviews and over one million downloads! Find them all online for free and subscribe via iTunes here!
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