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Jazz on a Summer's Day
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Albert D'Annibale (writer)
Arnold Perl (writer)
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Release Date:
11 November 1960 (Finland) See more »
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Their Songs and Music Set the Musical Mood
Plot:
Set at the Newport jazz festival in 1958, this documentary mixes images of water and the town with performers and audience... See more » | Add synopsis »
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Cast

  (in credits order)

Louis Armstrong ... Himself

Mahalia Jackson ... Herself
Gerry Mulligan ... Himself
Dinah Washington ... Herself
Chico Hamilton ... Himself
Anita O'Day ... Herself

George Shearing ... Himself
Jimmy Giuffre ... Himself

Chuck Berry ... Himself
Jack Teagarden ... Himself
Thelonious Monk ... Himself
Big Maybelle ... Herself
Sonny Stitt ... Himself
Eli's Chosen Six ... Themselves
David Baily ... Himself
Danny Barcelona ... Himself
Bob Brookmeyer ... Himself
Buck Clayton ... Himself
Bill Crow ... Himself
Eric Dolphy ... Himself
Art Farmer ... Himself
Harold Gaylor ... Himself
Nathan Gershman ... Himself
Terry Gibbs ... Himself
Urbie Green ... Himself
Henry Grimes ... Himself
Jim Hall ... Himself
Peanuts Hucko ... Himself
Jo Jones ... Himself
Ray Mosca ... Himself
Armando Peraza ... Himself
Max Roach ... Himself
Rudy Rutherford ... Himself
Sal Salvador ... Himself
Willis Conover ... Interviewer
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Patricia Bosworth ... Disgruntled redhead in audience (uncredited)
Martin Williams ... Jazz Critic in Audience (uncredited)

Directed by
Bert Stern 
 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Albert D'Annibale  writer
Arnold Perl  writer

Produced by
Harvey Kahn .... associate producer
George Wein .... creative music producer (uncredited)
 
Cinematography by
Courtney Hesfela  (as Courtney Hafela)
Raymond Phelan  (as Ray Phealan)
Bert Stern 
 
Film Editing by
Aram Avakian 
 
Production Management
Allan Green .... executive in charge of production
 
Sound Department
Elliot Gruskin .... sound
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Mike Cuesta .... assistant camera
Jack Schatz .... assistant camera
Pierre Streit .... assistant camera
 
Editorial Department
Bill Grossman .... assistant editor
John Welsh Jr. .... assistant editor (as John B. Welsh)
 
Music Department
George Avakian .... musical director
 
Other crew
Albert D'Annibale .... continuity
Lilly Fenichel .... script girl (as Lily Fenichel)
Arnold Perl .... continuity
Judi Schoenback .... script girl
 

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85 min
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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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3 out of 3 people found the following review useful.
As cool as cool can be, 3 February 2011
Author: jlongstreth-1 from United States

Not quite a concert film, not quite a travelogue, this "day and night in the life" of the Newport Jazz Festival is a delight. Some standout performances, including an unforgettable rendition of Sweet Georgia Brown by Anita O'Day and a gorgeous set by a beatific Mahalia Jackson would make this film worth watching all on their own. But, there's more. A very young Chuck Berry makes an appearance, and the earliest Rock and Roll seems boring by comparison to the many styles of jazz displayed in this film. Despite the repetitive groove, the folks in the audience can't help moving their feet to it and the future is foretold. Bert Stern deliberately moves the focus away from Berry's stage pyrotechnics and keeps it on the audience and the amused if bored jazz musicians. Did he know this was what the future held? Maybe. Bits and pieces of the lives of affluent Newport residents, a yacht race (America's Cup qualifying), jazz musicians practicing, a break into Bach by a cellist, dancing on the rooftops, all the small parts that make this film greater than their sum, this is one worth watching, and perhaps, like me, you'll find it one worth adding to your permanent library of musical film.

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