Jean Bachs passion for jazz has reaped an unexpected benefit for all jazz lovers. As a young woman she followed the Ellington band and became an expert on his music. Her first husband added his love of Basie and together they became amateur jazz historians. Jean gained media experience as producer of The Arlene Francis Radio Show and later with her involvement in The Sound of Jazz Television series. The famous Esquire jazz photo of 1959 gave her further opportunity to use her extensive knowledge and connections in the jazz world. She produced the documentary A Great Day in Harlem, which has been nominated for an Oscar, and brought about a renewed interest in the jazz personalities from that era. Life Magazine has re-staged the photo with the eleven remaining members and created a new montage of current jazz stars.
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Video is available on loan in DVD format from the Hamilton College Library, via Interlibrary Loan. Please contact your local library's Interlibrary Loan department to have them request specific items via WorldCat Resource Sharing or ALA Form. Interested scholars and jazz enthusiasts are welcome to visit the Hamilton campus and the archive room for consultation with the director. URL: http://www.hamilton.edu/jazzarchive/