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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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Bert Stern's Jazz on a Summer's Day  »

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In 1958, Bert Stern was inspired by a friend to take some pictures of the Newport Jazz Festival. Following a turn of events, Stern decided to produce a full length motion picture. See more »

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Great Document of American Music Circa 1958
29 July 2010 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Great easygoing film of the Newport Jazz festival in 1958. Remarkable performances by Monk, Baker, Jackson and Armstrong.

Also notable as a benchmark of race relations in this country on the eve of the Civil Rights Movement. Although, we learned from the IMDb that most of the audience shots were staged by the filmmaker in NYC after the concert, the shots of Louis Armstrong and Jack Teagarten performing together presaged the better world Rev. King spoke about a few years later.

It's also good to know that pianist George Wein, who produced the first Newport Jazz Festival in 1954, is back at the helm of the 2010 festival. Talk about perennial hipsters -- check out this year's lineup: http://newportjazzfest.net/index.php


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