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Jazz on a Summer's Day (1959)

Not Rated | | Documentary, Music | 2 May 1960 (Sweden)
The highlights of the 1958 Newport Jazz Festival.

Directors:

Aram Avakian, Bert Stern
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Louis Armstrong ... Self
Mahalia Jackson ... Self
Gerry Mulligan Gerry Mulligan ... Self
Dinah Washington ... Self
Chico Hamilton ... Self
Anita O'Day ... Self
George Shearing ... Self
Jimmy Giuffre ... Self
Chuck Berry ... Self
Jack Teagarden ... Self
Thelonious Monk ... Self
Big Maybelle Big Maybelle ... Self
Sonny Stitt Sonny Stitt ... Self
Eli's Chosen Six Eli's Chosen Six ... Themselves
David Baily David Baily ... Self
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Set at the Newport jazz festival in 1958, this documentary mixes images of water and the town with performers and audience. The film progresses from day to night and from improvisational music to Gospel. It's a concert film that suggests peace and leisure, jazz at a particular time and place. Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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Their Songs and Music Set the Musical Mood

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Features one of the rare film appearances of two of the greatest jazz artists of all times: New Orleans-born trumpeter Louis Armstrong and Texas-born trombonist Jack Teagarden. When Armstrong formed his six-piece All Stars in 1946 Jack, who was white, was asked to join. The obvious affection these two great performers felt for each other's singing, clowning and playing is particularly evident in their classic performance of "Old Rocking Chair." After Armstrong was invited to return his home town after many years away, he insisted Teagarden join him on the stage. The city refused to let a white man and a Negro play together. Armstrong eventually returned to his native New Orleans, and performed at the very first New Orleans Jazz Festival. Coincidentally, along with Mahalia Jackson- his costar in this film. See more »

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Train and the River
Music by Jimmy Giuffre
Performed by Jimmy Giuffre
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Great Document of American Music Circa 1958
29 July 2010 | by cummingsrobSee all my reviews

Great easygoing film of the Newport Jazz festival in 1958. Remarkable performances by Monk, Baker, Jackson and Armstrong.

Also notable as a benchmark of race relations in this country on the eve of the Civil Rights Movement. Although, we learned from the IMDb that most of the audience shots were staged by the filmmaker in NYC after the concert, the shots of Louis Armstrong and Jack Teagarten performing together presaged the better world Rev. King spoke about a few years later.

It's also good to know that pianist George Wein, who produced the first Newport Jazz Festival in 1954, is back at the helm of the 2010 festival. Talk about perennial hipsters -- check out this year's lineup: http://newportjazzfest.net/index.php


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

2 May 1960 (Sweden) See more »

Also Known As:

Bert Stern's Jazz on a Summer's Day See more »

Filming Locations:

New York City, New York, USA See more »

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Mono

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Color

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1.33 : 1
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