Documentary Films Series Continues In Cranford

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CRANFORD—As part of their ongoing documentary film series, the Friends of the Cranford Public Library will present “A Great Day in Harlem” on Monday, Dec. 5, at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. in the Cranford Community Center, 220 Walnut Avenue. Admission is free and all are welcome.

Released in 1994, “A Great Day in Harlem” documents the events and personalities surrounding the taking of a single photograph in 1958. The photograph is a black and white group portrait of 57 great jazz musicians of the day, among them Count Basie, Art Blakey, Dizzy Gillispie, Gene Krupa, Charlie Mingus, Thelonious Monk, Gerry Mulligan, and Sonny Rollins. The photo was taken in front of a Harlem brownstone on 126th Street between Fifth and Madison Avenues. The photographer, Art Kane, was working as a freelancer for Esquire magazine, and the photo eventually appeared in the January 1959 issue of Esquire.

Directed by Jean Bach, “A Great Day in Harlem” was nominated in 1995 for an Academy Award for Documentary Feature. The film’s running length is 60 minutes.

For more information about programs sponsored by both the Cranford Public Library and the Friends of the Library, visit the library events page at

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