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Jazz on A Summers Day: Pacific East Coventry/Cinemathequ­­e

Celebrated commercial photographer Bert Stern shot this classic record of the 1958 Newport (Rhode Island) Jazz Festival. The movie, “a must for jazz aficionados” (Leonard Maltin’s Movie Guide), features thrilling performances by Thelonious Monk, Louis Armstrong, Sonny Stitt, Anita O'Day, Gerry Mulligan, Chuck Berry, Jack Teagarden, and Mahalia Jackson, among many others. “Often hailed as one of the first and most influential of live concert films…A dazzling array of jazz and rock ‘n’ roll giants.” –Time Out Film Guide.

7:30PM DINNER at Pacific East

It's a late film, so we'll be having dinner first.  If you'd like to join us at the restaurant ask to sit at the "Movie Group" table.

9:20PM Movie at the Cinematheque

We'll be right before the ticket table near the chairs that line the wall. If you arent joining us for dinner try to arrive around 9:05


Jazz on a Summer's Day (1960) is a documentary film set at the 1958 Newport Jazz Festival in Rhode Island, co-filmed and co-directed by commercial and fashion photographer Bert Stern and director Aram Avakian, who also edited the movie. It was written by Albert D'Annibale and Arnold Perl. The Columbia Records jazz producer, George Avakian, was the musical director of the film.

The film mixes images of water and the city with the performers and audience at the festival. It also features scenes of the 1958 America's Cup yacht races. The film is largely without dialog or narration (except for periodic announcements by emcee Willis Conover).

The film features performances by Jimmy Giuffre, Thelonious Monk, Sonny Stitt, Anita O'Day, Dinah Washington, Gerry Mulligan, Chuck Berry, Louis Armstrong, and Jack Teagarden. Also appearing are Buck Clayton, Jo Jones, Armando Peraza, and Eli's Chosen Six, the Yale College student ensemble that included trombonist Roswell Rudd, shown driving around Newport in a convertible jalopy, playing Dixieland.

Many performances ran so long that the last act, Mahalia Jackson, did not appear on stage until after midnight, performing The Lord's Prayer.

In 1999, the film was selected for preservation in the United States National Film Registry by the Library of Congress as being "culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant".

It has a 100 rating on Rotten Tomatoes.

Visit the First Time Moviegoers page .

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  • Joe

    A little slice of Jazz History with little commentary.

    June 2, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    Hi everyone! I loved the film, but unfortunately had to duck out at the end so I missed meeting up with anyone. Next time I will plan my schedule better!

    June 1, 2014

  • Renu

    wonderful film and good discussion after! Calvin-thanks for organizing!

    May 31, 2014

  • Calvin R.

    truly beautiful film, both in sound and imagery. Nice dinner before and a solid discussion afterwards.

    May 31, 2014

  • Vijji

    I really wanted to come out tonight but sadly have to change my RSVP. Hope you all gave a good time!

    May 30, 2014

  • George

    Wish I didn't have Eddie Izzard tix that night. Looks amazing!

    April 21, 2014

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  • Calvin R.
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  • Renu
  • Joe
  • A former member
  • A former member
  • A former member
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