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Jazz Journalist Zan Stewart Retiring After 35 Years

// July 12th, 2010 // Comments Off on Jazz Journalist Zan Stewart Retiring After 35 Years // History, News

Zan Stewart and Herbie Hancock at the 1981 Playboy Jazz Festival at the Hollywood Bowl in Hollywood, Calif.     PHOTO CREDIT: Tom Copi/NJ.com

Zan Stewart and Herbie Hancock at the 1981 Playboy Jazz Festival PHOTO CREDIT: Tom Copi/NJ.com

Just a quick post before we head out to the String Of Pearls show in Morristown tonight…

Zan Stewart has been a jazz journalist – or as he prefers to call it, “jazz advocate” – for the past 35 years. He announced earlier this month that he’s finally putting down his pen and paper and will be retiring.

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“A Great Day In Harlem” Revisited In Montclair

// June 7th, 2010 // Comments Off on “A Great Day In Harlem” Revisited In Montclair // Commentary, History, News

“A Great Day In Harlem” by Art Kane, 1958

In the 2004 Tom Hanks film, The Terminal, Hanks’┬ácharacter comes to the US in the hopes of acquiring saxophonist Benny Golson’s autograph, thereby completing a quest started by his late father. Golson’s signature would be the final one in a collection comprising the 57 jazz musicians who appeared in the iconic photograph “A Great Day In Harlem” taken by photographer Art Kane in the summer of 1958.

Fast forward 52 years: present-day Montclair, NJ.

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