Jazz on a Summer’s Day
Special Online Screening
August 14–21, 2020
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$12 (72-hour online streaming media access)
All Ages

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Presented in partnership with Lightbox Film Center at University of the Arts. This digital restoration will be available for viewing online via Kino Lorber.

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Please join Ars Nova Workshop, in conjunction with Lightbox Film Center, as we present a rare screening of Jazz on a Summer’s Day (Aram Avakian & Bert Stern, USA, 1959, 85 min.) online from August 14 through August 21.

Filmed at the 1958 Newport Jazz Festival and directed by world-renowned photographer Bert Stern, Jazz on a Summer’s Day features intimate performances by an all-star line-up of musical legends including Louis Armstrong, Thelonius Monk, Gerry Mulligan, Anita O’Day, Chuck Berry, Dinah Washington, and closes with a beautiful rendition or The Lord’s Prayer by Mahalia Jackson at midnight to usher in Sunday morning.

The 1959 classic is considered one of the most extraordinary and possibly the first concert film ever made. Its sparkling new 4K restoration by IndieCollect, recently premiered at the 57th New York Film Festival. The film was named to the National Film Registry in 1999, and its restoration was funded by the National Film Preservation Board of the Library of Congress in time to celebrate the film’s 60th Anniversary.

Cover: Thelonious Monk performs at the 1958 Newport Jazz Festival, from Jazz on a Summer's Day, 1959, dir. Bert Stern and Aram Avakian