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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, with color correction by Oskar Miarka, recently premiered at the 57th New York Film Festival with sold out shows. 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.

Filmed at the 1958 Newport Jazz Festival in Rhode Island 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.

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6:15 PM: Venue & Food Vendors Open
7:40 PM: Venue Closes to Vehicle Traffic
7:55 PM (sunset): Film Starts
Food Vendors: A Mano Pizza + Gelato (pre-order pizza at 401-450-6984) and Mooseman's Kettle Corn
Run time: 85 mins
Director: Bert Stern
Jazz On A Summer’s Day
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