In March 2012, a group of North Texas jazz artists gathered to recreate the famous photograph of 57 legendary jazz musicians “A Great Day in Harlem,” taken on August 12, 1958, by Art Kane. That photo, published by Esquire magazine in its January 1959 issue, included Count Basie, Coleman Hawkins, Gene Krupa, Thelonius Monk, Mary Lou Williams, and many more.
The idea was to create a local version of the photo as a way of promoting D’JAM, or Dallas Jazz Appreciation Month. On March 31, 2012, Dallas photographer Jesse Hornbuckle photographed 49 local jazz artists coordinated by Sammons Center Artistic Director, Arlington Jones, to create “Great Day in Dallas.”
Hornbuckle and Hope N. Jones used the image to design a poster to draw greater public attention to the extraordinary heritage and history of jazz and its importance as an American cultural heritage.