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Set at the Newport jazz festival in 1958, this documentary mixes images of water and the town with performers and audience. The film progresses from day to night and from improvisational ... See full summary »

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Set at the Newport jazz festival in 1958, this documentary mixes images of water and the town with performers and audience. The film progresses from day to night and from improvisational music to Gospel. It's a concert film that suggests peace and leisure, jazz at a particular time and place. Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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Their Songs and Music Set the Musical Mood

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11 November 1960 (Finland)  »

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Features one of the rare film appearances of two of the greatest jazz artists of all times: New Orleans-born trumpeter Louis Armstrong and Texas-born trombonist Jack Teagarden. When Armstrong formed his six-piece All Stars in 1946 Jack, who was white, was asked to join. The obvious affection these two great performers felt for each other's singing, clowning and playing is particularly evident in their classic performance of "Old Rocking Chair." After Armstrong was invited to return his home town after many years away, he insisted Teagarden join him on the stage. The city refused to let a white man and a Negro play together. Armstrong eventually returned to his native New Orleans, and performed at the very first New Orleans Jazz Festival. Coincidentally, along with Mahalia Jackson- his costar in this film. See more »

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as a film, interesting, as a music documentary, not the best
15 January 2011 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Okay, if you love music and expecting to see great performances you'd better look elsewhere. Not that the performers aren't great on here, but the film maker was far more concerned with filming audience reaction, boats and musician's faces while playing than actually capturing the performance. The photography is interesting, but it is painfully obvious Bert Stern was not very interested in showing the talents that the musicians possessed but rather wanted to make a personal artistic statement. This would be fine if the statement he was making was more interesting than the music, but it's not.

You'll find yourself wanting to see more performance and less people looking like they have headaches on Sailboats. Still what IS there, is pretty great. Film quality is excellent in terms of color and photography.


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