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Jazz on a Summer's Day

Jazz on a Summer's Day

Jazz on a Summer's Day

  • Directed by Bert Stern
  • Starring Louis Armstrong, Mahalia Jackson, Gerry Mulliagan, Dinah Washington, Chico Hamilton, Anita O'Day
  • USA | 87mins | 1959 | rated (U)

Approx advert and trailer run time: 25 mins


Film runtime: 1h 27m


Filmed at the 1958 Newport Jazz Festival in Rhode Island and directed by world-renowned photographer Bert Stern, Jazz On A Summer's Day features intimate performances by an all-star line-up of musical legends.

While musicians such as Louis Armstrong, Thelonious Monk, Gerry Mulligan, Anita O'Day, Chuck Berry, Dinah Washington and Mahalia Jackson perform, images of beaches, sailboats on water, dancing couples and the faces of joyful audience members are intercut into the proceedings. Families rub shoulders with beatniks, trad jazz quartets in jalopies groove past pioneers of syncopation. A gloriously entertaining sprint through a long weekend that changed the music industry forever.

Unlike earlier jazz movies that had been filmed in smoky black and white, this is shot in vibrant colour, beautifully and extensively restored in 4K.