This is a so-so film released in a sub-standard DVD. Sound quality is poor, image quality is poor, and the original direction doesn't give you many up-close views of the performers. Count Basie gets four numbers with relatively good sound and okay images, but no one else comes off very well.
The original 53 min. film was apparently produced by Encyclopedia Brittanica. The DVD is black-and-white (not color as listed) -- but I suspect the original film may have been in color. David Meeker's JAZZ IN THE MOVIES sheds no light on this question. Meeker does note that the film does not focus on the music as much as it could or should.
The source material for this DVD seems to be a 16mm film print (the early sequences are scratchy and spliced), although some sequences have such poor contrast that I wonder if the source may have been a videotape of the original film. Supertitles are frequently illegible (which is why I suspect the original print may have been in color). There's audible hum in some scenes, and the frequency range is compressed. The DVD chapters are poorly placed, sometimes located after a song has already begun.
I was interested in the Count Basie footage, and as it happens it comes across better than any of the other sequences. The film gives you a montage of fans buying hotdogs, sunning themselves, etc. and doesn't show you much of the band at first, but by the second tune there are some nice close-ups of soloist Thad Jones. The duet sung by Jimmy Rushing and Joe Williams is a treat.
Oscar Peterson Trio w/ Ray Brown & Ed Thigpen: "Six and Four" (Oliver Nelson) [opening sequence]
Lambert, Hendricks & Bavan: "Come on Home," "Moanin'" [seems to have been shot at night, poor contrast, hard to watch]
Roland Kirk performs one tune on multiple horns
Clara Ward Gospel Singers perform two tunes, including "The Saints"
Oscar Peterson plays a fast 32-bar tune
Newport All-Stars (featuring Ruby Braff & Pee Wee Russell): we get an excerpt
Duke Ellington Orchestra: we get the last part of "Rockin' in Rhythm," the last part of "Passion Flower" and "Things Ain't What They Used to Be" (featuring Johnny Hodges)
Count Basie Orchestra: "I Needs to Be Bee'd With" (featuring Quentin Jackson), "Four-Five-Six" (featuring Thad Jones and Eric Dixon), "I'm Coming Virginia" sung by Jimmy Rushing, "Goin' to Chicago" sung by Joe Williams and Jimmy Rushing, and a snippet of "Jumpin' at the Woodside" plays over the end credits.