Sixty years on from one of the most iconic festivals in the jazz canon, the landmark film 'Jazz on a Summer's Day' graces our festival screen with an especially restored and re-mastered edition.
Jazz On A Summer's Day is the first full-colour Jazz concert film made and is rightly acclaimed as being one of the most exciting concerts ever recorded. The setting was the 1958 Newport Jazz Festival in Rhode Island and it's director was commercial and fashion photographer to the stars Bert Stern. At that stage, Stern's reputation and growing fame was for his black and white photographs of Marilyn Monroe and the beautiful people of New York. The veteran Columbia Records jazz producer, George Avakian, was the musical director of the film.
Stern brought the look and style of his renowned photographs to this, his first motion picture, documenting some of the most stunning images of live jazz ever brought to the silver screen. With the look of an impressionist painting, Stern lets the artists and the people who attended Newport 1958 do the talking with minimal additional voice-over
Featured performances are from Thelonious Monk, Dinah Washington, Louis Armstrong, Anita O'Day, The Jimmy Guiffre Trio and finishes with an astonishing performance by Mahalia Jackson
In 1999, the film was selected for preservation in the United States National Film and by the Library of Congress as being "culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant".
We're delighted to present this rare opportunity to see an all-time classic on the big screen with the sound quality it deserves.
Admission ticket includes a croissant and a cup of coffee! Caifé agus croissant le do thicéid!
Presented in association with Pálás, Galway Bay FM and Galway City of Film