Over a 50-year career in music, Hank ONeal founded two record companies, produced more than 200 jazz albums, published numerous books, and photographed most of the giants of 20th Century jazz. The Ghosts of Harlem chronicles a 22-year stretch between 1985 and 2007 when he interviewed and photographed 42 legendary artists including Dizzy Gillespie, Cab Calloway, Earl Hines, Milt Hinton, Joe Williams, Buddy Tate, and Thelma Carpenter. For each of the sessions with a jazz legend, Hank has supplemented the interview and portraits with many of his other photographs, historical images and memorabilia.
And from the archives of Chiaroscuro Records, Hank produced a special CD that accompanies the book, which features the music of 16 of the ghosts playing between 1972 and 1996. The book/CD set is a superb visual, verbal and audio history that revives the spirit and soul of the fabled Harlem jazz scene – a great gift and must-have for any jazz or roots music fan.
As a Founding Board Member of the Jazz Foundation of America, Hank has graciously provided us with a special quantity of this limited-edition book and has signed each copy. All profits we receive from its sale will be given directly to the JFA's Musicians' Emergency Fund. 496 pages.