Synopsis

SYNOPSIS


In 1958, celebrated photographer Bert Stern was inspired by a friend to "take some pictures" of the Newport Jazz Festival. Following a turn of events, Stern decided to produce a full-fledged motion picture. It would become his only film.

By breaking many cinematic taboos, Stern recreated the look of his still photography into motion with a dazzling display of rich human observation and some of the most remarkable scenes of live jazz ever brought to the screen. When it premiered at the Venice Film Festival, rumors of an American "New Wave" swirled.

Although the principle emphasis of Jazz on a Summer's Day is on the performances of such legendary artists as Louis Armstrong, Anita O'Day, Mahalia Jackson and Thelonious Monk, Stern's camera also fills us with illuminating images of America at its best. Whether it's a bird's eye view of the rich in their yachts or young lovers from Brooklyn on a tour of Newport's picturesque streets and beaches, this is more than just a jazz film, it's the film of an era.

USA, 1960
85 min., Unrated
In English
Color


FILMMAKERS

Produced and Directed by
Associate Producer
In Charge of Production
Cameramen


Assistant Cameramen


Musical Director
Sound Editor
Assistant Editors
Script and Continuity

Script Girls
BERT STERN
HARVEY KAHN
ALLAN GREEN
BERT STERN
RAY PHELAN
COURTNEY HAFELA
MIKE CUESTA
JACK SCHATZ
PIERRE STREIT
GEORGE AVAKIAN
COLUMBIA RECORDS
ARAM AVAKIAN
JOHN B. WELSH
BILL GROSSMAN
ARNOLD PEARL
ALBERT D'ANNIABLE
JUDI SCHOENBACK
ANNE TAKAL
LILLY FINCHIEL
FEATURING

LOUIS ARMSTRONG
MAHALIA JACKSON
GERRY MULLIGAN
DINAH WASHINGTON
GEORGE SHEARING
CHICO HAMILTON
JIMMY GIUFFRE
ANITA O'DAY
JACK TEAGARDEN
THELONIOUS MONK
SONNY STITT
CHUCK BERRY
BIG MAYBELLE