The perfect summer moment

Sometimes — courtesy of the World Wide Web — we come across things that aren’t tied to a new release but are just so great we feel the need to share them.So today we turn your attention to this clip from the classic 1960 film Jazz on a Summer’s Day.

It features an ebullient and zaftig Dinah Washington and her band, which includes the legendary Max Roach (who passed away yesterday), at the 1958 Newport Jazz Festival performing a spectacular rendition of the standard “All of Me.” It’s more than simply a straight-up concert: Washington flirts with vibraphonist Terry Gibbs and plays along with him, and there’s something moving about seeing audience members of all ages and from all different walks of life sharing a special moment of bliss and levity in the summer heat.

The clip will transport you back to a time when jazz actually meant something.

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