Jazz on a Summer's Day

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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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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.

    Oct 27, 2016 | Full Review…
  • The sense of well-being is immense.

    Aug 2, 2013 | Full Review…
  • 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.

    Jul 18, 2008 | Full Review…

    Variety Staff

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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.

    Jun 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…
  • 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.

    Oct 30, 2001

    Keith Phipps

    AV Club
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Audience Reviews for Jazz on a Summer's Day

  • Feb 17, 2011
    There is some amazing stuff here. Dinah Washington, Louis Armstrong, Anita O'Day and Mahalia Jackson stand out.
    jay n Super Reviewer

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