Anita O'Day: The Life of A Jazz Singer
Before her death in November 2006 at age 86, Anita O'Day, one of jazz's most complex and rhythmic vocalists, smiled on the music world for six decades. This film portrait captures all the magic that took this sly Chicago native, a white girl who could hold her own against Billie and Ella, from Gene Krupa's bandstand to solo stardom. Film footage of Anita O'Day's appearance at the 1958 Newport Jazz Festival, immortalized in the 1960 documentary Jazz on a Summer's Day and excerpted here, may be the defining moment of the post-bebop era.
Cast: George Wein, Johnny Mandel, Annie Ross, Anita O'Day, Will Friedwald
Produced by: Nancy Fields O'Connor
Directed by: Ian McCrudden, Robbie Cavolina
Written by: Ian McCrudden, Robbie Cavolina
Running time: 1hr 30min
Opens: Aug 15, 2008 Limited
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