Chauncey -Theater 2 Thu, Feb 2, 2023 7:00 PM
Series Info
Series:Bijou Partnerships
Film Info
Rating:Not Rated
Runtime:87 minutes
Director:Bert Stern & Aram Avakian
Year Released:1959
Production Country:USA


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Presented by the Bijou Film Board, and as part of Bijou's Partnerships program.
FREE for UI students (present student ID at box office) and $8.00 for the general public!

Presented in partnership with SCOPE Productions

“This is one of the most pleasurable of all concert films.” - Pauline Kael, The New Yorker

Jazz on a Summer's Day is as quietly vital a political document as it is a gloriously entertaining sprint through a long weekend that changed the music industry forever.” - Richard Whittaker, Austin Chronicle

This documentary concert film captures the sounds and performances of some of the major jazz artists at the 1958 Newport Jazz Festival. Unlike earlier jazz movies that had been filmed in smoky black and white, this is shot in vibrant color. While musicians such as Louis Armstrong, Thelonious Monk, Anita O'Day and Mahalia Jackson perform, images of beaches, sailboats on water, dancing couples and the faces of joyful audience members are intercut into the proceedings.

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