Jazz on a Summer's Day

Jazz on a Summer's Day

Inducted into the National Film Registry in 1999, Jazz on a Summer’s Day is widely considered the best jazz concert film ever made. Premiering at the Venice Film Festival in 1959, fashion photographer Bert Stern’s document of the 1958 Newport Jazz Festival ushered in a wave of concert films in the late 1960s and into the ’70s, setting their tone of intimacy and establishing a sense of place vital to the immersive experience of any filmed musical event. With electric performances by Thelonious Monk, Dinah Washington, Chuck Berry, and Louis Armstrong, the summer’s day concludes with a moving set by Mahalia Jackson.

DIRECTED BY: Bert Stern. WITH: Louis Armstrong, Mahalia Jackson, Gerry Mulligan, Dinah Washington. 1959. 85 min. USA. Color. English. 4K DCP.

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