Members’ Movie Night: Jazz on a Summer’s Day
On Tuesday July 9, 2013 at 8:00 pm in Dryden Theatre
Members are invited to a free movie once a month, chosen by our curatorial staff. This month, it's Jazz on a Summer's Day (Aram Avakian and Bert Stern, US 1959, 85 min., 35mm).
Jazz comes out of dark clubs and into the sun in this compelling documentary on the 1958 Newport Jazz Festival. Billed as “embarrassingly intimate,” the film captures the thriving spirit of this truly American art form. Featuring extended performances by jazz giants Thelonious Monk, Sonny Stitt, Dinah Washington, Louis Armstrong, and more, Aram Avakian and Bert Stern’s document belongs next to Woodstock, Monterey Pop, and The Last Waltz as one of the great concert films. (Stop by again on August 1, when we’ll be screening the new documentary Bert Stern: Original Madman with Stern and the director in person!)