Jazz on a Summer's Day

Bert Stern, Aram Avakian (directors)
Louis Armstrong, Mahalia Jackson, Gerry Mulligan, Dianah Washinton, George Shearing, Chico Hamilton, Anita O'Day, Jack Teagarden, Thelonious Monk, Sonny Stitt (starring)

N.p. Galaxy Productions, 1959. Original art for an unused poster design for the 1959 film.

A graphite, black pencil, ink, and white paint on paper mock-up for an unused design for Bert Stern's classic 1959 jazz documentary, created by an unidentified artist, likely for the film's production company, Galaxy Productions. A handsome, minimal abstract design, befitting jazz-oriented design of the late 1950s and early 1960s.

The legendary 1959 jazz documentary, set at the 1958 Newport Jazz Festival in Rhode Island, shot in high style by commercial and fashion photographer Stern, and featuring performances by Louis Armstrong, Thelonious Monk, Dinah Washington,and Eric Dolphy, among others. Stern's naturalistic approach to shooting a festival event, the first of its kind to be attempted on such a scale, influenced and predicted by several years many similar documentaries, such as Monterey Pop" (1968), "Woodstock" (1970), and "The Concert for Bangladesh" (1972).

16x 18.25 inches, archivally framed to 17.75 x 20 inches. Very Good plus, with light toning overall and staples and staple holes at the corners.

National Film Registry.

[Book #158540]