Jazz on A Summer's Day

Jazz on A Summer's Day

DVD - 2000
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Takes a look at the music, musicians, and spectators at the Newport Jazz Festival, 1958. Recreates the look of Stern's still photography into motion, with a display of human observation and scenes of live jazz (84 min.).

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Rockinbiff
Mar 31, 2018

I wish I could leave a good comment for this amazing concert, but I can't. The performers are truly amazing! Everybody from Louis Armstrong, Chuck Berry, Anita O'Day, Thelonious Monk, man it doesn't get much better, but it should have. Duke Ellington, Dave Brubeck (with the great Paul Desmond), & all the great jam sessions on stage were completely cut! Even the greatness of Satchmo & Gerry Mulligan were not enough to hold the camera man's attention when he could instead focus on a random drunk making faces or someone eating a popsicle. That's because it was unfortunately directed by former fashion photographer, Bert Stern. It's exasperating to watch the start of Dinah Washington or Big Maybelle's sizzling performances & have the screen suddenly jerk to a random drunk. I guess Mr. Stern was trying to be arty, but when Dinah Washington begins singing & he instead focuses on a brooch pin at her waist, you know this guy is clueless. Duke Ellington & Benny Goodman were completely ignored, never even filmed. Mr. Stern says, "I didn't even know Benny Goodman was playing" if someone is that ignorant & is not a Jazz fan, DON'T DIRECT A JAZZ FILM!!! I am grateful that these historic Jazz performances where recorded, I just wish they had been recorded by someone who knew the music & cared enough about it to put the focus where it belongs. On stage, on the artist. This terrible non-chronicle of an amazing historic festival didn't turn a profit for many years, & the reason why is sure obvious.

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ThomasJWhiting
Nov 15, 2016

VERY GOOD documentary of 1958 Newport Jazz Festival - has lots of footage of both the music acts AND the concert area/concert goers. Interesting mix of acts as festival moves from daytime to nighttime - gets more funky/bluesy...

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