Virtual Screening Room: Jazz on a Summer’s Day



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1959 • dir Bert Stern w/Louis Armstrong, Mahalia Jackson, Chuck Berry, Gerry Mulligan, Dinah Washington, Anita O’Day, Thelonious Monk, Max Roach • 85 min

Filmed at the 1958 Newport Jazz Festival in Rhode Island 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, Thelonious 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.

The 1959 classic is considered one of the most extraordinary, and possibly one of the first, concert films ever made. A Brattle repertory staple since 1961, we are excited to feature this sparkling new 4K restoration by IndieCollect – with color correction by Oskar Miarka – in our Virtual Cinema this August. The film 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.

If you enjoy the film and want to contribute to the future vibrancy of the Newport Jazz Festival, please consider a donation to The Newport Festivals Foundation, which helps support not only the annual Jazz and Folk festivals but also ongoing funding of music education programs across the U.S.

“Gorgeous. Probably the best feature-length jazz concert movie ever made.”
– Jonathan Rosenbaum, Chicago Reader

“Filmed with a rare artistry, a rare attention to making images of music that are themselves musical.”
– Richard Brody, The New Yorker

“An exquisite historical document. The film is where the American concert documentary genre begins.”
– Philip Eil, VICE