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Jazz on a Summers Day

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Genre  Documentary, Music
Country  United States
8/10 IMDb

Language  English
Jazz on a Summers Day movie poster
Director  Bert Stern, Aram Avakian
Release date  1960
Writer  Albert DAnnibale, Arnold Perl
Initial release  March 28, 1960 (New York City)
Screenplay  Arnold Perl, Albert DAnnibale
Cinematography  Bert Stern, Raymond Phelan, Courtney Hesfela
Cast  Anita ODay, Louis Armstrong, Thelonious Monk, Mahalia Jackson, Gerry Mulligan
Similar movies  The Last Witch Hunter, Jupiter Ascending, Frozen, Knock Knock, Pitch Perfect 2, The Wolf of Wall Street

Jazz on a Summer's Day (1960) is a concert film set at the 1958 Newport Jazz Festival in Rhode Island, directed by commercial and fashion photographer Bert Stern. The Columbia Records jazz producer, George Avakian, was the musical director of the film.


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The film mixes images of water and the city with the performers and audience at the festival. It also features scenes of the 1958 America's Cup yacht races. The film is largely without dialog or narration (except for periodic announcements by emcee Willis Conover).

Jazz on a Summers Day movie scenes

The film features performances by Jimmy Giuffre, Thelonious Monk, Sonny Stitt, Anita O'Day, Dinah Washington, Gerry Mulligan, Chuck Berry, Louis Armstrong, and Jack Teagarden. Also appearing are Buck Clayton, Jo Jones, Armando Peraza, and Eli's Chosen Six, the Yale College student ensemble that included trombonist Roswell Rudd, shown driving around Newport in a convertible jalopy, playing Dixieland.

Jazz on a Summers Day movie scenes

Many performances ran so long that the last act, Mahalia Jackson, did not appear on stage until after midnight, performing the Lord's Prayer.

Jazz on a Summers Day movie scenes

In 1999, the film was selected for preservation in the United States National Film Registry by the Library of Congress as being "culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant".

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  • Jimmy Giuffre 3: Jimmy Giuffre, Bob Brookmeyer, Jim Hall
  • Thelonious Monk Trio: Thelonious Monk, Henry Grimes, Roy Haynes
  • Sonny Stitt and Sal Salvador
  • Anita O'Day
  • George Shearing
  • Dinah Washington
  • Gerry Mulligan Quartet with Art Farmer
  • Big Maybelle
  • Chuck Berry
  • Chico Hamilton Quintet
  • Louis Armstrong and his All-Stars: Trummy Young, Danny Barcelona, and Jack Teagarden
  • Mahalia Jackson
  • Ray Charles
  • DVD

    ASIN B00003OSU4

    The film was also re-released in 2001 by Charly Records and sold with an audio CD of the music and some of the commentary. ASIN: B00005NX0L


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