Until we meet again in the Belcourt lobby, let’s keep the film talk going! Join the Belcourt Theatre and Nashville Scene for the Living Room Film Club, where we gather from our homes to discuss a films with special guest speakers. Living Room Film Club focuses on films from a variety of sources, including the Criterion Channel, other streaming platforms and new releases found on the Belcourt website. Watch the film on your own and join our guest speakers for a 45-minute discussion. For best results, enjoy the film just before the 8pm meeting time.
Tue, Aug 25 at 8:00pm: Join us to discuss Bert Stern’s JAZZ ON A SUMMER’S DAY with pianist Beegie Adair and Nashville Scene contributing writer Ron Wynn. JAZZ ON A SUMMER’S DAY is available to watch through Belcourt’s virtual cinema starting Fri, Aug 14. We recommend that you join the event at 7:50pm.
JAZZ ON A SUMMER'S DAY Dir. Bert Stern | USA | 1959 | 85 min. | NR
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 lineup of musical legends including Louis Armstrong, Thelonius Monk, Gerry Mulligan, Anita O'Day, Chuck Berry and Dinah Washington — and closes with a beautiful rendition of “The Lord's Prayer” by Mahalia Jackson at midnight to usher in Sunday morning.
The 1959 classic is considered one of the most extraordinary and possibly the first concert film ever made. Its sparkling new restoration by IndieCollect recently premiered at the 57th New York Film Festival. JAZZ ON A SUMMER’S DAY 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.
About the speakers: Beegie Adair is a prolific, award-winning jazz pianist and arranger known for her interpretations of jazz and popular standards and show tunes. She has sold over three million recordings globally. Her melodic, fleet-fingered style reflects the sounds of her major influences, including George Shearing, Bill Evans, Oscar Peterson and Erroll Garner.
Ron Wynn is a veteran journalist, writer, editor and broadcaster. He’s currently a contributing writer for the Nashville Scene, columnist for the Tennessee Jazz & Blues Society, sports and entertainment editor for the Tennessee Tribune and editor-in-chief of Indianapolis media company Everything Underground. He also hosts the weekly talk show Freestyle on Fisk University’s WFSK-FM.