Jazz On A Summer’s Day (Blu-Ray)
Shipping Class 2 = 60 SEK
Shipping Class 3 = 90 SEK EUROPE SHIPPING Shipping Class 1 = 100 SEK (approx 10 EUR)
Shipping Class 2 = 150 SEK (approx 15 EUR)
Shipping Class 3 = 200 SEK (approx 20 EUR) OUTSIDE EUROPE SHIPPING Shipping Class 1 = 150 SEK (approx 15 USD)
Shipping Class 2 = 200 SEK (approx 20 USD)
Shipping Class 3 = 300 SEK (approx 30 USD)
NOTE: You can buy as many items you want within the same shipping class. Read more » ×
The Newport Jazz Festival was created in 1954 by Rhode Island socialites Elaine and Louis Lorillard, and it couldn’t have come at a better time in history. With a few exceptions, the big band jazz scene had waned in the early 1950s and, in its place, smaller groups and solo performers took centre stage, which suited the nature of a festival perfectly, and Newport achieved immediate success. By its fifth edition, the talent lineup reflected Newport’s status as one of the pre-eminent music festivals in the US.
Photographer Bert Stern and director-editor Aram Avakian’s film of the 1958 iteration of the festival captures many of the key performances across its four-day affair. Performers included Dinah Washington, Gerry Mulligan and Art Farmer, Chico Hamilton and Eric Dolphy, Anita O’Day, Thelonious Monk, Louis Armstrong and the extraordinary Mahalia Jackson, who would go on to give one of the most moving performances at the 1969 Harlem Cultural Festival, featured in the documentary of that event, Summer of Soul.
A key element of Jazz on a Summer’s Day, which would come to inspire subsequent concert films, was its focus on the audience. Through cutaways interspersed throughout the performances, the filmmakers present a time capsule of the US as it edged towards the New Frontier of the Kennedy era. It was this moment – the hope of change – that so many jazz artists had been pushing towards. The resulting combination of performance and observation makes Jazz on a Summer’s Day one of the greatest concert documentaries ever made.
– Audio commentary by music journalist Natalie Weiner
– Archival interviews with director Bert Stern
Documentaries - Music
Blue Note Records: Beyond The Notes
Blue Note Records: Beyond The Notes is a revelatory, thrilling and emotional journey behind the scenes of Blue Note Records, the pioneering label that gave voice to some of the finest jazz artists of the 20th and 21st centuries. When the German Jewish refugees Alfred Lion and Francis Wolff started Blue Note in 1939 in […]219 SEK
As Serious As Your Life: Black Music and the Free Jazz Revolution, 1957–1977
In this classic account of the new black music of the 1960s and 70s, celebrated photographer and jazz historian Val Wilmer tells the story of how a generation of revolutionary musicians established black music as the true vanguard of American culture. Placing the achievements of African-American artists such as Albert Ayler, Ornette Coleman, John Coltrane […]179 SEK
Classics - Drama
Breathless – 60th Anniversary Edition
In celebration of the film’s 60th anniversary, Breathless has been stunningly restored in 4K. Based on a story by François Truffaut and photographed by New Wave legend Raoul Coutard, Jean-Luc Godard’s jazzy riff on Film Noir features iconic performances from Jean-Paul Belmondo as an on-the-run criminal modelling himself on Bogart, and Jean Seberg as his […]219 SEK
Biography - Music
Kind Of Blue: Miles Davis and the Making of a Masterpiece
In the early spring of 1959, six musicians went into the 30th Street Studio in New York. Nine hours later, they had recorded one of the finest albums of the twentieth century. Kind of Blue traces Miles Davis’s developmet into an artist capable of mak- ing such a masterpiece, and explores the careers and struggles […]139 SEK