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‘Musically Speaking’ hosted by DJ Soul Sister presents ‘A Great Day in Harlem,’ April 21

Written by  DJ Soul Sister
MUSICALLY SPEAKING is a series of music-themed movie and documentary screenings, curated/hosted by DJ Soul Sister, co-presented monthly by Soul Sister and Charitable Film Network, and sponsored by WWOZ FM.
 
This month’s film is A Great Day in Harlem Monday, April 21 (7:00pm) at Gasa Gasa (4920 Freret St.).

In A Great Day in Harlem, on a summer day in New York City, 1958, a young photographer paced nervously in front of a Harlem brownstone, spreading word that he hoped to take a picture for a special edition of Esquire magazine commemorating the golden age of jazz. Yet it was ten in the morning, long before most jazz players were up, and a meager turnout was feared. To everyone's surprise, scores of musicians assembled to create what is now a world-famous, "class photograph" of America's jazz legends.
This Academy Award-nominated documentary zooms in and out of the astonishing photograph, interweaving archival performance footage, remarkable never-before-seen home-movie footage of the photograph being taken, and rare interviews with jazz masters present that day such as Sonny Rollins, Horace Silver, Art Farmer, Dizzy Gillespie and Art Blakey. Other interviewees include the photographer, Art Kane, who had never before taken a picture as a professional but who would quickly rise to the top of the field; the Esquire graphics editor, Robert Benton, who speaks of what he learned that day that he would later use as a three-time Academy Award winning filmmaker; and the neighborhood kids who snuck into the frame to be photographed alongside their musical heroes. (1994, 60 minutes)
 
Free admission and light refreshments, plus cash bar at MUSICALLY SPEAKING.
 
More about "MUSICALLY SPEAKING:"

Charitable Film Network co-hosts Soul Sister’s “Musically Speaking” film series. CFN is a diverse community of media-makers, dedicated to connecting and collaborating with non-profits, artists, and activists on programs that benefit the community–at–large. Sponsored by WWOZ FM.
 
Soul Sister, known worldwide as the “queen of rare groove,” has hosted her "Soul Power" show on WWOZ FM and "right on party situations" for nearly two decades in her native New Orleans. As a self-proclaimed “dj artist,” she has opened for everyone from George Clinton & Parliament-Funkadelic and the funky Meters to The Roots and DJ Low Down Loretta Brown (aka Erykah Badu), while being the first DJ to receive a "Best DJ" award in New Orleans (Big Easy Entertainment Award and OffBeat Magazine Best of the Beat Award).  In addition to her party promotions, she is also a recognized authority on funk, soul, disco, hip hop & rare groove music and musicians, and is dedicated to presenting more “soulful” events in the city ranging from DJ culture events and live music concerts to film screenings and panel discussions.
 
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