What We're Reading: The Greatest Photo in Jazz History

By David Schonauer   Thursday March 21, 2019

It was Sept. 13, 1953. The Brooklyn Dodgers had just won the pennant. John F. Kennedy and Jacqueline Bouvier had just married. And at the Open Door, a jazz club on West 3rd Street in Manhattan, four titans of bebop — Charles Mingus, Roy Haynes, Charlie Parker, and Thelonious Monk — had gathered for a jam session. Photographer Bob Parent was also there, thanks to a tip from a friend. And that night, notes The New York Times, he made an iconic image — perhaps the greatest photo in the history of jazz.

Read the whole story at The New Yorker.


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