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Jazz on a Summer’s Day

19591h 25m Documentary, Music/Musical, Performance


Originally debuted at 1959 Venice Film Festival, this freewheeling documentary was filmed at the famous Newport Jazz Festival in Rhode Island. Featuring the immaculate performances of such jazz heavyweights as Duke Ellington, Thelonious Monk, and Eric Dolphy, as well as many other musicians and characters who populate the culture, it remains one of the best snapshots of a time and place in 20th century America put to film.


Directors: Bert Stern and Aram Avakian
Cinematographer: Bert Stern
Editied by: Aram Avakian


Jimmy Giuffre; Thelonious Monk; Sonny Stitt; Anita O'Day; Dinah Washington; Gerry Mulligan; Chuck Berry; Chico Hamilton, with Eric Dolphy; and Louis Armstrong, with Jack Teagarden

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