It's a concert film that suggests peace and leisure, jazz at a particular time and place. Although not released untilthis feature-length documentary captures all the highlights of the Newport Jazz Festival -- opening with scenes of workers putting finishing touches on the stage shell and a jalopy carrying a Dixieland band through town.
The musical numbers are intercut with Newport Harbor, Narragansett Bay and white-sailed yachts over the bay during the America's Cup Trials. Later generations of jazz lovers have been perplexed by the film, not because of Chuck Berry, but because of the filmmaker's focus on everything but the jazz. At one point Thelonious Monk is Didnt It Rain - Various - Jazz On A Summers Day playing "Blue Monk" when the film suddenly cuts to the America's Cup sailboat race and the jarring voice of a radio announcer describing the scene.
Just as painful, in retrospect, are the omissions. Stern was one of the greatest advertising and fashion photographers of his generation.
He was a year-old still photographer when he went to Newport and basically invented the music performance Texas Hop - Various - Roots Of Rock N Roll genre.
While Stern's Time Has Changed - Tiga - DJ-Kicks work tends to be carefully controlled, Jazz on a Summer's Day exhibits the photographer's considerable gift for observing people in their natural setting.
There are many documents of the way people looked in the late s, but few are this vivid. Or this visually eloquent. We're hoping to rely on our loyal readers rather than erratic ads. To support Open Culture's continued operation, please consider making a donation. We thank you! Doubtful: they shot before securing any rights, then sought them afterwards; some no doubt said no. Like this: Like Loading June 24, at pm. Thanks very much for your lovely comment. August 15, at am. This is a wonderful film with so many absorbing details and glimpses of another era.
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