Jazz on a Summer's Day (1960)

Essential Viewing
Feature Documentary
Director: Bert Stern
Writers: Albert D'Annibale, Arnold Perl
Cinematographers: Mike Cuesta, Courtney Hafela, Ray Phealon, Jack Schatz, Bert Stern
Featuring: Thelonious Monk, Anita O'Day, Dinah Washington, Chuck Berry, Chico Hamilton, Louis Armstrong, Mahalia Jackson

Photographer Bert Stern’s sole directing effort is perhaps the definitive concert film; it chronicles the 1958 Newport Jazz festival, mixing footage of acts as diverse and wonderful as Dinah Washington, Louis Armstrong, Mahalia Jackson, and (bizarrely) Chuck Berry with delightful shots of the appreciative audience and a (presumably) staged house party. Iain.Stott