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Jazz on a Summer’s Day


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, Thelonius Monk, Gerry Mulligan, Anita O’Day, Chuck Berry, Dinah Washington, and closes with a beautiful rendition of “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 the first concert film ever made. Its sparkling new 4K restoration by IndieCollect, recently premiered at the 57th New York Film Festival. 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 in time to celebrate the film’s 60th Anniversary.

1959. 85 minutes. Documentary/Music. NR.

The musicians are all in their prime. They are photographed and recorded gorgeously. The viewers are absolutely made to feel that we are actually there, in Newport, on a sunny Saturday afternoon and evening.

Chicago Jazz Magazine

Outstanding. It’s Americana and a document of its time. Some unprecedented effects are achieved by cameraman Bert Stern.


Using innovative techniques like tight shots from very long lenses, Stern effects a stunning intimacy with the performers.

Jazz Times

Gorgeous. It’s probably the best feature-length jazz concert movie ever made.

Chicago Reader

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Rent Online - $10

Available through Kino-Now

After your purchase, you have 5 days to watch.