Jazz On A Summer's Day

Director: Aram Avakian Bert Stern
Starring: Louis Armstrong, Anita O'Day, Mahalia Jackson
Duration: 88 min


A documentary record of the 1958 Newport Jazz Festival, JAZZ ON A SUMMER’S DAY is popularly hailed as one of the first and most influential live concert films. A who’s who of legendary jazz and rock ’n’ roll performers make up the impressive line-up, with director Stern’s deft, economical style capturing them in all their glory. In terms of stand-out turns it’s too close to call, but Chuck Berry’s rendition of ‘Sweet Little Sixteen’ nestles pretty near the top of the pile, with Mahalia Jackson’s spine-tingling performance of ‘The Lord’s Prayer’ closely jostling. The film set the template for the genre; WOODSTOCK and MONTEREY POP swiftly followed. JAZZ ON A SUMMER’S DAY is unquestionably essential viewing for music, archival and documentary fans alike.




Club and Group screenings

Sun 9th Jun 17.30 Headline Acts: A summer of music films Vintage Sundays: Classic films back on the big screen where they belong.



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