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Jazz on a Summer's Day

Bert Stern / US, 1958 / 85 min.

The classic jazz concert film: a report on the four-day Newport, Rhode Island jazz festival in 1958. Featuring performances by Louis Armstrong, Thelonious Monk, Mahalia Jackson and Chuck Berry, this film also provides a captivating snapshot of the American 1950s.

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1958: Newport, Rhode Island constitutes the summery backdrop for the annual jazz festival in this small town on the east coast of the United States. Director and renowned photographer Bert Stern not only intimately recorded the artists and their music, but also filmed the visitors, the surroundings and accidental passers by with the same passion.

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Bert Stern

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Jazz on a Summer's Day


85 min.





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All That Jazz

All That Jazz: a scintillating programme on jazz and film featuring classics, live performances and a focus on exceptional avant-garde and activist filmmakers with a passion for jazz. From Miles Davis to Vincent de Boer, from Sun Ra to Ornette Coleman.

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