Jazz on a Summer's Day (2020) - Rotten Tomatoes

Jazz on a Summer's Day (2020)



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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, Thelonius Monk, Gerry Mulligan, Anita O'Day, Chuck Berry, Dinah Washington, and closes with a beautiful rendition or The Lord's Prayer by Mahalia Jackson at midnight to usher in Sunday morning.

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Critic Reviews for Jazz on a Summer's Day

All Critics (29) | Top Critics (7)

Several of the performances are among the treasures of filmed music; all of them, whatever their musical merit, are filmed with a rare artistry, a rare attention to making images of music that are themselves musical.

October 27, 2016 | Full Review…

The sense of well-being is immense.

August 2, 2013 | Full Review…

It's Americana, and a document of its time as well via observation of audiences and the life surrounding the Newport event, not least the neatly-integrated footage concerning the America Cup Yacht Races.

July 18, 2008 | Full Review…

This documentary record of the 1958 Newport Jazz Festival is often hailed as one of the first and most influential live concert films.

June 24, 2006 | Full Review…
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As generous a dish of top jazz music as any cat could take in one gulp.

May 21, 2005 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

Jazz bounds from strength to strength, stylishly immortalizing transcendently beautiful music on a glorious day, suggesting in the process that film might have no higher purpose.

October 30, 2001
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There is some amazing stuff here. Dinah Washington, Louis Armstrong, Anita O'Day and Mahalia Jackson stand out.

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