Jazz On A Summer’s Day

Jazz On A Summer’s Day

Bert Stern, Aram Avakian

  • Director: Bert Stern, Aram Avakian
    Starring: Louis Armstrong, Mahalia Jackson, Chuck Berry
    Release Date: Mon 28 Mar 1960
  • UC
  • 85


Sixty years on from one of the most iconic festivals in the jazz canon, the landmark film 'Jazz on a Summer's Day' graces our festival screen with an especially restored and re-mastered edition.

Jazz On A Summer's Day is the first full-colour Jazz concert film made and is acclaimed as being one of the most exciting concerts ever recorded. The setting was the 1958 Newport Jazz Festival in Rhode Island and it's director was commercial and fashion photographer Bert Stern. At that stage, Stern's reputation and growing fame was for his black and white photographs of Marilyn Monroe. The Columbia Records jazz producer, George Avakian, was the musical director of the film.

Stern brought the look and style of his renowned photographs to this, his first motion picture, documenting some of the most stunning images of live jazz ever brought to the silver screen. With the look of an impressionist painting, Stern lets the artists and the people who attended Newport 1958 do the talking.

Featured performances are from Thelonious Monk, Dinah Washington, Louis Armstrong, Anita O'Day, The Jimmy Guiffre Trio and finishes with an astonishing performance by Mahalia Jackson

In 1999, the film was selected for preservation in the United States National Film Registry by the Library of Congress as being "culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant".