Jazz on a Summer's Day
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An incredible collection of classic live performances, Jazz on a Summer''s Day captures Louis Armstrong, Thelonious Monk, Chuck Berry, Mahalia Jackson, and many others performing at the 1958 Newport Jazz Festival.

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 100%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"The sense of well-being is immense."
‑ Dave Kehr, New York Daily News
"As generous a dish of top jazz music as any cat could take in one gulp."
‑ Bosley Crowther, New York Times
"It's a deeply pleasurable experience."
‑ Rob Gonsalves, eFilmCritic.com
"Loaded with jazz greats, documentary chronicles jazz festival, features Satchmo, Chuck Berry, many others."
‑ Steve Crum, Video-Reviewmaster.com
"It's Americana, and a document of its time as well via observation of audiences and the life surrounding the Newport event, not least the neatly-integrated footage concerning the America Cup Yacht Races."
‑ Variety Staff, Variety
"Jazz bounds from strength to strength, stylishly immortalizing transcendently beautiful music on a glorious day, suggesting in the process that film might have no higher purpose."
‑ Keith Phipps, AV Club
"A fascinating, electrifying, and invaluable social document."
‑ , TV Guide's Movie Guide
"Stunning documentary account of the 1958 Newport Jazz festival, featuring an incomparable line-up of musicians and lovingly filmed in the idyllic setting of Rhode Island on a beautiful (yes, you guessed it) summer's day."
‑ , Film4
"This documentary record of the 1958 Newport Jazz Festival is often hailed as one of the first and most influential live concert films."
‑ , Time Out
"Shot in gorgeous color, it's probably the best feature-length jazz concert movie ever made."
‑ Jonathan Rosenbaum, Chicago Reader
"Bert Stern's one film compels in capturing musical spirit before gatherings of the tribe became commercial orchestrated total-package mega-spectacles."
‑ Donald J. Levit, ReelTalk Movie Reviews
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