Jazz on a Summer’s Day
Director: Aram Avakian, Bert Stern Run Time: 82 min. Release Year: 1960
Starring: Chico Hamilton, Dinah Washington, Gerry Mulligan, Louis Armstrong, Mahalia Jackson
Set at the Newport jazz festival in 1958, this documentary mixes images of water and the town with performers and audience. The film progresses from day to night and from improvisational music to Gospel. It’s a concert film that suggests peace and leisure, jazz at a particular time and place. Stunningly restored for a new generation to discover!