Tuesday, January 25, 2011

"Jazz on a Summer's Day"

This 1958 documentary is a must see for music fans. Perhaps, dear reader, you already know that. It reminded me of my first visit to the New Orleans Jazzfest in 1978 when the crowds were not crowds, just loose groups of people congregating into an audience of music lovers. The Chuck Berry and Mahalia Jackson performances are unrepeatable film, Louis Armstrong is exceptional, Thelomious Monk starts things off, this preppy celebration is superb, beatniks with money from the Ivys having their good time.

Forget that editorial comment. This is great music. People who appreciate great music are my kind of people.


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