A Great Day in Harlem (1995) - Rotten Tomatoes

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A Great Day in Harlem (1995)



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This Oscar nominated documentary chronicles a single event amongst jazz musicians: the day in 1958 when many of the greatest gathered together for a photo shoot for Esquire magazine. A fair portion of the film is devoted to that which lead up to the photograph. The session itself is also detailed as jazz greats Count Basie, Thelonious Monk, Charlie Mingus, Dizzy Gillespie, Sonny Rollins, Milt Hinton, and more rose at the ungodly hour of 10 am to take the picture in a Harlem brownstone apartment.

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Critic Reviews for A Great Day in Harlem

All Critics (19) | Top Critics (10)

If you wanted to introduce someone to what jazz is all about, this would be an ideal place to start.

October 17, 2007

For non-buffs, pic fails the acid test of exciting interest where there was little or none before; it could easily have covered the same ground in half its length.

October 17, 2007

A wonderful, warm little movie.

February 9, 2006 | Full Review…
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December 29, 2005
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Anyone with the misconception that the spirit of a particular music is not a direct reflection of the souls of the musicians who created it must see A Great Day in Harlem, Jean Bach's small and very moving documentary about the jazz life.

August 30, 2004 | Rating: 4.5/5

If there's such a thing as a magical documentary, A Great Day in Harlem is it.

January 1, 2000 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

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