Jazz On A Summer's Day details
|Starring:||George Shearing, Gerry Mulligan, Mahalia Jackson, Chico Hamilton, Thelonious Monk, Sonny Stitt, Jack Teagarden, Big Maybelle, Chuck Berry, Sal Salvador, Louis Armstrong, Anita O'Day, Jimmy Giuffre, Henry Grimes, Dinah Washington|
|Directors:||Aram Avakian, Bert Stern|
Jazz On A Summer's Day
|Run time:||1 hour 25 minutes|
|Rental release:||10 Sep 2001|
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Jazz on a Summer's DayBy Tom Goldsmith from London , 11 Feb 2005
[Highly rated reviewer]This atmospheric memento of the 1958 Newport Jazz Festival features a line-up that any proper jazz fan would kill to hear: Louis Armstrong, Gerry Mulligan, Thelonious Monk, Mahalia Jackson, George Shearing and Dinah Washington, amongst others.
Given such a stellar constellation it is perhaps surprising that the star that burns longest in the memory is Anita O'Day: especially as she was (according to her autobiography) so stoned out of her head that she couldn't remember a thing about the gig. Yet O'Day - a hugely underrated and innovative singer - belted her way through Sweet Georgia Brown and Tea for Two with stunning rythmic mastery and improvisational aplomb.
Bert Stern's deceptively leisurely direction is not just about the performers however. The audience also stars, as do their plaid shirts and Jackie O glasses. This was affluent post-war America at play; and thanks to Stern, we can join them.
Jazz on a Summer's Day's legacy was to establish the gig-as-film genre, much imitated in, for example, Woodstock. But here the added bonus is that the musicians concerned were actually worth filming.
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Jazztastic CoolBy Oily_O_Rag (1 review) , 19 Oct 2012Great ... Loved Anita O'Day ..
Wonderful DVD worth giving it a try even if jazz isn't your kind of music ...
What's not to like???By a customer , 30 Jul 2011Total Enjoyment! All those jazz stars on one DVD:.Dinah Washington, Louis Armstrong, Geoorge Shearing, Jack Teagarden, and more. Even the audience and the views from the stadium of holiday makers enjoying themselves were great.
Everyone was enjoying themselves and their pleasure transferred itself to this viewer. Bliss!
Slice of cool...By Whipster (663 reviews) from Shropshire , 07 Jun 2011Sublime isn't a word that normally trips from my tongue, I don't remember ever using it before to describe a movie but in the case of JOASD that's all changed. It's a stunning and incredibly evocative chronicle of the 1958 Newport Jazz Festival. I guess what makes it so 'real' is that it's simply a record of the performers and comments from those around 'in the moment' not some overproduced redubbed concert footage. And the performances are amazing - to see Louis Armstrong at the height of his powers and Mahalia Jackson plus all the others that were there is an absolute treat. A bonus is the quality of the imagery produced by Bert Stern, beautifully interwoven with the musical numbers. It's quite simply the epitome of cool! 5 stars all the way!
Sublime jazz, film and atmosphereBy a customer from Dorset , 04 Dec 2010From the mesmerizing opening shots to the dying chords of Mahalia Jackson's roof-lifting voice this is a sublime film.
I watched it when I was a kid aged 8 and again 50 years later and it was still as good as the first time - fabulous!
Newport in SeasonBy a customer from Doncaster , 22 Oct 2010An exemplary record of the Newport Jazz Festival of 1959. Made by a famous fashion photographer and starring such jazz luminaries as Louis Armstrong, Gerry Mulligan, Dinah Washington, Anita O'Day, Thelonius Monk, Sonny Stitt, George Shearing and Jack Teagarden. Filmed three years after Louis and Bing's fictional foray into the Newport Jazz Festival in 'High Society' the only quibble I have is that too much attention was paid to the trials for the Americas Cup yacht races taking place off shore. Well worth a look from any jazz fan.