Date & TimeSep 19, 2020 through Sep 20, 2020 (daily)
"Directed by Bert Stern (USA 1959; 86 mins. in English)
Considered one of the most extraordinary, and possibly the first concert film ever made Jazz on a Summer’s Day comes to our virtual cinema in a sparkling new 4K restoration by IndieCollect, with color correction by Oskar Miarka, that recently premiered at the 57th New York Film Festival with sold out shows.
Filmed at the 1958 Newport Jazz Festival in Rhode Island and directed by Brooklyn-born fashion photographer Bert Stern, Jazz on a Summer's Day features extremely intimate (even “embarrassingly intimate” as the Saturday Review called it in its original review) 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.
Richard Brody of The New Yorker says that 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.” Jazz on a Summer’s Day was named to the National Film Registry in 1999, and its restoration was funded by the National Film Preservation Board of the Library of Congress in time to celebrate the film's 60th Anniversary."
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