Jazz on a Summer's Day

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This documentary record of the 1958 Newport Jazz Festival is often hailed as one of the first and most influential live concert films, paving the way for later classics like Monterey Pop and Woodstock. A dazzling array of jazz and rock'n'roll giants are captured on celluloid, including Chuck Berry duck-walking his way through 'Sweet Little Sixteen'. Unquestionable highlight, however, is the extraordinary Mahalia Jackson, whose soulful renditions of 'Didn't It Rain', 'Shout All Over' and 'The Lord's Prayer' send a shiver down the spine.

Release details

Rated: U
Duration: 86 mins

Cast and crew

Director: Bert Stern
Screenwriter: Arnold Pearl, Albert D'Anniable
Cast: Louis Armstrong
Big Maybelle
Chuck Berry
Dinah Washington
Gerry Mulligan
Thelonious Monk
Anita O'Day
Mahalia Jackson
Sonny Stitt
Jack Teagarden
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