And he was born to play Sportin' Life in Porgy and Bess. Here's a late-career performance of one of his showstopping numbers. Art Kane, a freelance photographer working for Esquire, took the shot below of 57 jazz musicians in 1958. (It had to be New York City to round up this many, especially at 10 a.m.!) The photo is known as "A Great Day in Harlem," and there's even a documentary about it. Of the people depicted in my previous two posts, you can discern Count Basie, Thelonious Monk, Mary Lou Williams, Lester Young, Dizzy Gillespie, and Mary Lou Williams (the other women are singer Maxine Sullivan and pianist Marian McPartland).
|Left to right: Marian McPartland, Sonny Rollins (back), Lawrence Brown, Mary Lou Williams, Emmett Berry, Thelonious Monk, Count Basie (seated), Vic Dickenson, Milt Hinton|
|Lester Young, Rex Stewart, J.C. Heard, Gerry Mulligan, Roy Eldridge, Dizzy Gillespie|