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Jazz on a Summer's Day

Jazz on a Summer's Day

USA | 1959 | 85 min. | Bert Stern, Aram Avakian

August 14 - September 17, 2020

Virtual SIFF Cinema

New 4k restoration! Filmed at the 1958 Newport Jazz Festival, this classic is considered one of the most extraordinary and possibly the first concert film ever made. With performances by an all-star line-up of musical legends including Louis Armstrong, Thelonius Monk, Gerry Mulligan, Anita O'Day, Chuck Berry, Dinah Washington, closing with a beautiful rendition of "The Lord's Prayer" by Mahalia Jackson at midnight to usher in Sunday morning. 

Co-presented with KNKX.

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.

  • Director: Bert Stern, Aram Avakian
  • Country: USA
  • Year: 1959
  • Running Time: 85 min.
  • Cinematographers: Bert Stern, Courtney Hafela, Ray Phealan
  • Editors: Aram Avakian