a painting of a man singing into a microphone

Staff from your Monroe County Public library recommend favorites from the collection.

What: “Jazz on a Summer’s Day” (1959)

Why: Celebrate Jazz Appreciation Month with this legendary concert filmed at Rhode Island’s Newport Jazz Festival in 1958. Directed by world-renowned photographer Bert Stern, this isn’t a run-of-the-mill concert film. Stern’s eye for interesting subjects means bold colors, dynamic camera angles and many shots of the attendees on their boats and at the fairgrounds. These cutaways not only keep things visually interesting, but they cement a specific time and place that can no longer be captured. With jazz powerhouses like Louis Armstrong, Chuck Berry, Dinah Washington and Anita O’Day, this is both the perfect introduction to the genre if you’re new or the definitive celebration if you’re already a fan.

Where: This film is available on Kanopy, the library’s streaming app.

How: You can browse and request DVDs online by logging in to your account at To view our collection of streaming movies and TV, go to and set up an account with your library card. If you don’t have a card, you can visit your local branch or register online to get one. Questions?

Recommended By: Kelvin Cedeño, library assistant, Islamorada library