Jazz On A Summer's Day
is widely regarded as being one of the greatest jazz movies ever made. It was filmed over the four days of the 1958 Newport Jazz Festival. The movie not only captured inspired performances from the biggest names in jazz at the time, but also the style and fashions of late Fifties America. As such, it remains a priceless document of times gone by.
It was the only film made by leading stills photographer Bert Sterns, his photographer’s ttable images of the performers, the audience and the picturesque setting of Rhode Island.
Here are truly memorable performances from some of the greatest jazz players and singers of the time, including Thelonious Monk, Louis Armstrong, Dinah Washington and Gerry Mulligan. By way of contrast, it also features the then controversial appearance of rock ‘n’ roller Chuck Berry, performing his big hit from that year, "Sweet Little Sixteen”. The film concludes with the peerless gospel singer Mahalia Jackson.
Extras include– interview with Bert Stern, An Introduction to Jazz On A summers day, Artist biographies, Photo Gallery, Background information about its making, along with biographies and film stills of the performers.
In 1958 fashion photographer Bert Stern set out to make a film about the annual Jazz festival in Newport, Rhode Island. An attempt at a fictional film turned out to be an enduring classic music documentary and is widely regarded as the best Jazz film ever made, and the inspiration for festival films.
Stern beautifully captures the essence of the festival with images of people enjoying the summer and intently or casually watching and listening to the performances which include Thelonious Monk, Anita O'Day, Sonny Stitt, Gerry Mulligan, George Shearing, Maybelle Smith, George Shearing, Dinah Washington, Chico Hamilton, Louis Armstrong, Chuck Berry and gospel singer Mahalia Jackson..
Awards and Accreditations:
Elected in 2001 by the Librarian of Congress for the National Film Registry of "culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant" works