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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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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 
 
Writing credits
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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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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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10 out of 11 people found the following review useful.
Newport Jazz Festival Of 1958, 23 August 2009
Author: Lechuguilla from Dallas, Texas

Partly a jazz concert and partly a time capsule to a long ago era, "Jazz On A Summer's Day" records highlights of the four-day, 1958 festival held in Newport, Rhode Island. The film gets off to a slow start, with interviews of arriving audience, shots of Newport, and cutaways to the America's Cup yacht race, taking place concurrently.

About nine minutes into the film, the real program begins. The brilliant Thelonious Monk plays "Blue Monk" on the keys. From here on, most of the audio and visuals focus on the festival itself, except for brief visual cuts to the sailing event and impromptu shots of people enjoying themselves in presumably nearby locales. Although the film title says "day", about two-thirds of the film is shot at night.

Different styles of jazz provide ample variety, and run the gamut from an apparently unrelated boarding house jam session to the rockin', soul-stirring gospel music of Mahalia Jackson, who forcefully belts out three numbers at the end. Louis Armstrong and rarely filmed trombone legend Jack Teagarden perform a casual, seemingly improv vocal of "Old Rocking Chair". Dinah Washington singing "All Of Me", and the unusual percussion sounds of the Chico Hamilton Quintet are also quite good. But my personal favorite was Chuck Berry and band with a slowed down, beat thumpin' rendition of "Sweet Little Sixteen".

My only serious complaint is the film's editing, which includes the sailing event and quite a few extraneous visuals, and a too-brief overall runtime. A three-hour total jazz event would have been ideal.

The overall mood of the concert is upbeat, almost carnivalesque. The camera jumps back and forth between on-stage performers and audience reaction. Everyone seems to be having a good time. Glad to see this film recognized by the National Film Registry, to preserve an account of a unique event, held at a crucial moment in American history.

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