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Jazz on a Summer's Day

Watch trailer. Dinah Washington singing in front of a microphone.


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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