Ended on 9/11/2008
ANITA O'DAY: THE LIFE OF A JAZZ SINGER -
2007 - USA - English - 90 minutes - Palm Pictures
Directed by: Robbie Cavolina, Ian McCrudden
Featuring: Anita O'Day, Louis Armstrong, Johnny Mandel, George Wein, Margaret Whiting
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This is the first, definitive documentary on the life of the legendary Jazz vocalist Anita O' Day. In Anita's own words, we hear the tale of a musical genius who broke race barriers and lived her life boldly, unconventionally, without looking back. In candid interviews with the Filmmakers, Anita gives a poignant and often funny account of her jazz oddyssey, that is now well into its seventh decade. With her classic wry wit, Anita speaks with television icons such as Dick Cavett, Bryant Gumble, David Frost and Harry Reasoner to reveal why at 87 she is the last living singer from the Golden Age.
The film showcases rare and never before seen vintage performances and includes interviews from vocalists Annie Ross and Margaret Whiting, Jazz Impresario George Wein, award winning arrangers Bill Holman, Johnny Mandel, Russel Garcia & Buddy Bregman, writer/actor producer John Cameron Mitchell, Joe Franklin and friends from different times in Anita's life.
"A masterpiece of the medium, the documentary relates her extroadinary life story as a musician with no softened edges and plenty of extended musical passages."
"High as a kite and dressed in a chic, white-fringed black hat and matching dress, she's a sight to behold and a supreme pleasure to hear."
--Sura Wood, The Hollywood Reporter
"Wow -- now this is how you make a jazz documentary...The film shows everything, stitching it together in a style that brings the classic aesthetic of jazz-record covers to life."
--Tom Horgen, Minneapolis Star Tribune