- Update ~ This event has been cancelled for August 12th due to safety precautions related to the heat index.
As we approach August, and the return of the Charlie Parker Jazz Festival, Summerstage, and Jazzmobile’s Summerfest, ~ Uptown Grand Central and Jazzmobile announced the August 12th commemorative street co-naming of East 126th Street between Fifth and Madison Avenues. Art Kane Harlem 1958 Place will be named on the 63rd anniversary of the gathering of the 57 jazz luminaries in the iconic East Harlem photograph taken by Art Kane ~ A Great Day in Harlem.
The Celebration of this historic street co-naming event will take place on Thursday, August 12th from 2:00 to 4:00pm. The entrance for guests will be at East 126th Street between Madison and Fifth Avenues. Click here to Register. This is a free event.
“Uptown is proud to honor the deep-rooted history of jazz here in Harlem, along with the visionary man who conceived and took this iconic photo more than 60 years ago,” shared Diane Collier, Chair of Uptown Grand Central. “Along with the Harlem/East Harlem residents, we are pleased to memorialize this wonderful event with a street sign on the block where it all happened.”
Read more about the event, including guest speakers like Jonathan Kane, son of Art Kane and author of the book Art Kane: Harlem 1958, and others. Jazzmobile will also present a featured performance by jazz great Patience Higgins and the Sugar Hill Quartet.
Love the poster? Nilu Gift Shop has been selling Art Kane: A Great Day in Harlem posters for years. Located on Lenox Ave between 119/120th Streets.