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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
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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... See more » | Add synopsis »
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A hefty dose of nostalgia for the end of an era of jazz See more (13 total) »

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

Directed by
Bert Stern 
 
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(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
 
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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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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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21 out of 23 people found the following review useful.
A hefty dose of nostalgia for the end of an era of jazz, 26 January 2005
Author: stephen-357 from United States

Bert Stern captures the Newport Jazz festival of 1958 in vivid color and with clarity. While jazz is the primary focus of the film, Stern does meander to the America's Cup race that was being contested off Newport at the time, along with some diversionary local flavor, which gives us a sense of what it was like to actually be there. Continuing along this vein, during the festival itself, Stern spends much of his camera time observing the audience caught unaware reacting to jazz on a summer day; after all, live music does not exist in a vacuum. It's this footage along with the incredible jazz music that makes this documentary really special. As a viewer we get to react to the music, and react to the audience reacting to the music. That girl with the seductively cute smile in the yellow dress, and that gruff man hiding behind the shades with the nervous twitch are people that we can connect to from our own personal experiences at open air summer concerts. The feeling of community one gets as the music breaks down the barriers and the sun begins to set. Stern allows his moving compositions to develop and flesh out the character of his subjects, giving us a nostalgic feeling for a time gone by that may have occurred long before we were even born. It does not matter because we are there! But this particular slice of time has special significance, because jazz would soon be replaced in popularity by Rock & Roll. We watch it happen before our eyes as a young Chuck Berry takes the stage. Backed by some excellent jazz musicians, all looking "amused" but not taking very seriously the music that would knock them off the charts for good within a couple of years. As Berry's classic Rock & Roll riffs project across the audience, young people spontaneously jump to their feet and start moving to the rhythm while their parents watch, perplexed.

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