Jazz on a Summer's Day (1960)
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Critic Reviews for Jazz on a Summer's Day
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.
This documentary record of the 1958 Newport Jazz Festival is often hailed as one of the first and most influential live concert films.
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.
Audience Reviews for Jazz on a Summer's Day
There is some amazing stuff here. Dinah Washington, Louis Armstrong, Anita O'Day and Mahalia Jackson stand out.
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.
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.
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