Jazz on a Summer's Day (1960) - Rotten Tomatoes

Jazz on a Summer's Day (1960)

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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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Critic Reviews for Jazz on a Summer's Day

All Critics (13) | Top Critics (7)

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.

October 27, 2016 | Full Review…
New Yorker
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The sense of well-being is immense.

August 2, 2013 | Full Review…
New York Daily News
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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.

July 18, 2008 | Full Review…
Variety
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This documentary record of the 1958 Newport Jazz Festival is often hailed as one of the first and most influential live concert films.

June 24, 2006 | Full Review…
Time Out
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As generous a dish of top jazz music as any cat could take in one gulp.

May 21, 2005 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…
New York Times
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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.

October 30, 2001
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There is some amazing stuff here. Dinah Washington, Louis Armstrong, Anita O'Day and Mahalia Jackson stand out.

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