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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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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Rob Gonsalves

It's a deeply pleasurable experience.

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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.

TV Guide

A fascinating, electrifying, and invaluable social document.

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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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Jonathan Rosenbaum
Chicago Reader

Shot in gorgeous color, it's probably the best feature-length jazz concert movie ever made.

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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.