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Jazz on a Summer's Day (1959)

Runtime
1hr 25mins
Directed by
Bert Stern
Featuring
Louis Armstrong, Thelonius Monk, Gerry Mulligan
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Filmed at the 1958 Newport Jazz Festival and directed by world-renowned photographer Bert Stern, Jazz on a Summer's Day features intimate performances by an all-star line-up of musical legends including Louis Armstrong, Thelonious Monk, Gerry Mulligan, Anita O'Day, Chuck Berry, Dinah Washington, and closes with a beautiful rendition of The Lord's Prayer by Mahalia Jackson at midnight to usher in Sunday morning.

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Reviews
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Gorgeous. It's probably the best feature-length jazz concert movie ever made.

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Chicago Reader
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Outstanding. It's Americana and a document of its time. Some unprecedented effects are achieved by cameraman Bert Stern.

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Variety
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A dazzling array of jazz and rock'n'roll giants are captured on celluloid. Unquestionable highlight is the extraordinary Mahalia Jackson, whose soulful renditions send a shiver down the spine.

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Time Out