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Directors:
Bert Stern
Aram Avakian (co-director with Bert Stern)
Writers:
Albert D'Annibale (writer)
Arnold Perl (writer)
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Release Date:
2 May 1960 (Sweden) 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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as a film, interesting, as a music documentary, not the best See more (14 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
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

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

Directed by
Bert Stern 
Aram Avakian (co-director with Bert Stern)
 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Albert D'Annibale  writer
Arnold Perl  writer

Produced by
Harvey Kahn .... associate producer
Bert Stern .... 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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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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3 out of 8 people found the following review useful.
as a film, interesting, as a music documentary, not the best, 15 January 2011
Author: justinrobertorama from United States

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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