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Jazz on a Summer's Day (1959)

Not Rated | | Documentary, Music | 2 May 1960 (Sweden)
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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Aram Avakian, Bert Stern
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Louis Armstrong ... Himself
Mahalia Jackson ... Herself
Gerry Mulligan 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 Big Maybelle ... Herself
Sonny Stitt Sonny Stitt ... Himself
Eli's Chosen Six Eli's Chosen Six ... Themselves
David Baily David Baily ... Himself
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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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Documentary | Music

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

2 May 1960 (Sweden) See more »

Also Known As:

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

Filming Locations:

New York City, New York, USA See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Trivia

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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Featured in Keith Richards: The Origin of the Species (2016) See more »

Soundtracks

Sweet Georgia Brown
Music by Ben Bernie and Maceo Pinkard
Lyrics by Kenneth Casey
Performed by Anita O'Day
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Great Document of American Music Circa 1958
29 July 2010 | by cummingsrobSee 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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