Jazz on a Summer's Day
Jazz on a Summer's Day (1960)

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.

Rated: Unrated
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Release Date: November 11, 1960
DVD Release Date: March 14, 2000
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Richard Brody
New Yorker

Several of the performances are among the treasures of filmed music; all of them, whatever their musical merit, are filmed with a rare artistry, a rare attention to making images of music that are themselves musical.

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Time Out

This documentary record of the 1958 Newport Jazz Festival is often hailed as one of the first and most influential live concert films.

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Rob Gonsalves

It's a deeply pleasurable experience.

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Dave Kehr
New York Daily News

The sense of well-being is immense.

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Bosley Crowther
New York Times

As generous a dish of top jazz music as any cat could take in one gulp.

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TV Guide

A fascinating, electrifying, and invaluable social document.

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Variety Staff

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.

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Keith Phipps
AV Club

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.

Donald J. Levit
ReelTalk Movie Reviews

Bert Stern's one film compels in capturing musical spirit before gatherings of the tribe became commercial orchestrated total-package mega-spectacles.

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jay nixon
There is some amazing stuff here. Dinah Washington, Louis Armstrong, Anita O'Day and Mahalia Jackson stand out.