Jazz on a Summer's Day Reviews

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jjnxn
Super Reviewer
½ February 17, 2011
There is some amazing stuff here. Dinah Washington, Louis Armstrong, Anita O'Day and Mahalia Jackson stand out.
February 25, 2015
Concert film from 1960 showcases several different jazz performances, from unknowns to legends. If you want some smooth jazz, or any kind of jazz you'll find some form of it here, and it is a pretty chill way to spend 90 minutes. It is also a nice time capsule for the Jazz scene at that time.
March 31, 2010
What a marvelous piece of filmmaking. A rich assemblage of jazz, fashion, and the good life of 1959. Love, love, love viewing the fashions, and the close-ups of the performers and of course some unbelievable music recordings. Plus the water and sky shots accompanying the music are brilliant. Unbelievable for being a 50 year old film. Historically important and not to be missed by cinematography students.
March 12, 2015
This is more than just filmed jazz. Instead, Bert Stern has used his photographer's eye and sensibility to create moments of real transcendence and even joy from footage of the 1958 Newport Jazz Festival. Of course, the music itself heightens the ecstatic moments caught on camera, with sounds ranging from the traditional (Louis Armstrong) to something slightly more modern (Chico Hamilton Quintet featuring Eric Dolphy, Thelonius Monk, Gerry Mulligan, Jimmy Giuffre) with Chuck Berry and Mahalia Jackson thrown in for good measure. There is a vibrancy here in the photography (reflections in the water, birds overhead, transfixed or finger-snapping audience members) and in the way the music and the photography come together that makes you want to really look at things in this world and to take out all those old jazz records and put them on. A little bit of social commentary drifts in if you notice the racial dynamics of the event - but things seem so harmonious that suddenly 1958 feels like an idyllic period in history captured perfectly and forever by Stern. Remarkable.
½ May 16, 2010
Delightful as a tall, cool glass of lemonade.
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