“Spring Into Music” series continues Tues., Apr. 12, with “Jazz On a Summer’s Day,” introduced & discussion moderation by Herb Wilson

Best Video Film & Cultural Center continues our April “Spring Into Music” film series with the classic documentary “Jazz On a Summer’s Day” on Tues., Apr. 12. The event will begin at 7 PM with an introduction by New Haven-based jazz saxophonist and educator Herb Wilson, who will also lead a post-film discussion. Admission is $7.

This is an indoor show so attendance is 30 max. Proof of vaccination is required to enter and masks are required. (This will be updated if circumstances allow a loosening of these restrictions.)

Support for this series has been provided to Best Video Film & Cultural Center from CT Humanities (CTH), with funding provided by the Connecticut State Department of Economic and Community Development/Connecticut Office of the Arts (COA) from the Connecticut State Legislature. The series is also sponsored by Greenberg, Rhein & Margolis Insurance Company.

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, Thelonious Monk, Gerry Mulligan, Anita O’Day, Chuck Berry, Dinah Washington, and closes with a beautiful rendition of “The Lord’s Prayer” by Mahalia Jackson at midnight to usher in Sunday morning. The film has been beautifully and extensively restored in 4K from the best surviving vault elements by IndieCollect.

Herb Wilson is a classical saxophone graduate of Hiram College and continued graduate studies in Music Education at Teacher’s College/Columbia University. He was a Guest Lecturer at the Crane School of Music and has taught Jazz Studies at the University of Bridgeport.

Herb performs in concert halls, nightclubs, country clubs, stadiums, theaters, hotels, churches, correctional facilities, synagogues, and private homes. His performances include classical recitals, small group and big band jazz ensembles, top 40, 1950’s, jazz, rhythm and blues styles. He has performed with Eddie and Bobby Buster, Jessie Austin, Bill Baker’s Five Satins, Richard McCrae and many others. He has also shared the stage with Jimmy McGriff, Groove Holmes, and Joe Diorio. Herb appeared in the award winning Jazz Documentary “Unsung Heroes.” The Herb Wilson Quartet was showcased on the Jazz Program “Bourbon Street” and performed the soundtrack for a video production of the Ted Schine play “Herbert III.” In addition to being a Panelist for the Connecticut Commission On The Arts, Herb is an Adjudicator for the Connecticut Music Educators Association. Herb has served on the board of Neighborhood Music School and is presently VP of Jazz Haven.

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