Jazz On A Summer's Day
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The Joy of Sax
Presented by New England Public Radio, UMass Fine Arts Center, and Amherst Cinema, each film in the series will enjoy a live music intro and extensive commentary from WFCR Jazz à la Mode host Tom Reney.
Bert Stern's film of the 1958 Newport Jazz Festival features Thelonious Monk, Louis Armstrong, Eric Dolphy, Chuck Berry, Dinah Washington, Mahalia Jackson, Anita O'Day, Gerry Mulligan, Chico Hamilton, and many others. Shot in gorgeous color, it's probably the best feature-length jazz concert movie ever made. Despite some distracting cutaways to boats in the opening sections, it eventually buckles down to an intense concentration on the music and the audience's rapport with it as afternoon turns into evening. Jackson's rendition of “The Lord's Prayer” is a particularly luminous highlight.
Director Bert Stern. 85 mins, NR