The Historic Harlem Parks Film Festival Present: Jazz On A Summer's Day

Thursday, July 25th, 7:30pm

Maysles Cinema's Summer of Music, The African Film Festival's Cinema Under The Stars, The Marcus Garvey Park Alliance and Reel Harlem: The Historic Harlem Parks Film Festival Present:

Jazz On A Summer's Day

@ The Jackie Robinson Park Bandshell

(148th St. & Bradhurst Avenue) Lawnchairs Permitted.

Rain Location: Jackie Robinson Park Recreation Center 85 Bradhurst Avenue at 146th Street

100% Free


DJ Blade With Live Drumming

(Jazz, Fusion, Soul)


Shape of a Broken Heart

Andrew Dosunmu, Cuba, 2012, 16min.

Hauntingly beautifully, this video-film was shot for singer Imany’s debut album, “Shape Of A Broken Heart”. Directed by Andrew Dosunmu (Restless City), with photography by Bradford Young (Pariah), this film leaves audiences enchanted and embraced by timeless music, style, and grace.

Jazz On A Summer's Day

Bert Stern, 1960, 85 min.

In 1958, celebrated photographer Bert Stern was inspired by a friend to "take some pictures" of the Newport Jazz Festival. Following a turn of events, Stern decided to produce a full-fledged motion picture. It would become his only film. By breaking many cinematic taboos, Stern recreated the look of his still photography into motion with a dazzling display of rich human observation and some of the most remarkable scenes of live jazz ever brought to the screen.  Although the principle emphasis is on the performances of such legendary artists as Louis Armstrong, Anita O'Day, Dinah Washington, Chuck Berry, Mahalia Jackson and Thelonious Monk, Stern's camera also fills us with illuminating images of America at its best. Whether it's a bird’s eye view of the rich in their yachts or young lovers from Brooklyn on a tour of Newport's picturesque streets and beaches, this is more than just a jazz film, it's the film of an era.