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.
Documentary , Musical & Performing Arts
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Critic Reviews for Jazz on a Summer's Day

All Critics (12) | Top Critics (6)

The sense of well-being is immense.

Full Review… | August 2, 2013
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.

Full Review… | July 18, 2008
Top Critic

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

Full Review… | June 23, 2006
Time Out
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As generous a dish of top jazz music as any cat could take in one gulp.

Full Review… | May 21, 2005
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
AV Club
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Shot in gorgeous color, it's probably the best feature-length jazz concert movie ever made.

Full Review… | December 31, 1999
Chicago Reader
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Audience Reviews for Jazz on a Summer's Day

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.

Ken Scheck
Ken Scheck

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

jay nixon
jay nixon

Super Reviewer

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.

m mars
m mars

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