Anita O’Day – The Life Of A Jazz Singer

Anita O’Day – The Life Of A Jazz Singer

Anita O’Day was one of the greatest American Jazz singers and this critically acclaimed award-winning documentary tells her astonishing story – a journey of survival, and above all the enduarance of her talent, told in a number of frank interviews with her and with those who knew her. Her career was long and eventful, spanning seven decades; her last album recorded when she was 84.

Anita O’Day only ever wanted to be a singer and the film showcases performances that date back to the 50’s

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  1. 55 of 56 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars
    No stylist quite like Ms O’Day, July 23, 2009
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    Ian Muldoon (Coffs Harbour, NSW Australia) –
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    Ms O’Day preferred the title “stylist” as opposed to “singer” which I find an interesting distinction. I gather she made the distinction in acknowledgement that she had little vocal range, an ordinary tone, and a strange timbre.
    My first significant encounter with her music was post Gene Krupa with the release in 1956 of ANITA by Norman Granz and the best version of HONEYSUCKLE ROSE with its solo bass opening and quartet of trombones closing the final chorus. The whole album though, was and remains, one of her best, and one of the best of any JAZZ singer. And that’s where her reputation so superbly lies – as one of the very best JAZZ vocalists ever, and an individual woman who was a great survivor in a very difficult business – that she was embraced by the jazz community including afro american musicians, she got through the heroin journey, she overcame the “canary” prejudice of “girl” singer by her musical brilliance in being accepted rather as another musical INSTRUMENT instead of the “front” for a band.
    This documentary – one of the best (musical ones) I’ve seen which was featured in the 2008 Sydney Film Festival – also reveals her character. Moral strength, modesty, honesty, understanding and self awareness and I guess, joy of music, of living, are her distinguishing characteristics.
    PLenty of good music in the film as well!!

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  2. 31 of 32 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars
    Under-appreciated jazz vocalist!, June 8, 2009
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    J (Jersey City, USA) –
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    For a film documentary profile, there’s no substitute for substantial footage of the subject him/herself providing their own reflections on his/her life and career. It’s great that this documentary captures so much of Anita’s own charmingly candid recollections of the ups and downs in her under-appreciated career. An interesting look of the life of a great, great jazz singer.

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  3. 20 of 20 people found the following review helpful
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    Won’t find it at Redbox or anywhere save Netflix…, September 7, 2009
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    But it is worth the price. It covers it all no holds barred.
    Story of a great singer/stylist with a dramatic life. Read her book and she for sure was one of a kind and her singing always makes my heart skip and beat faster, love her reditions.
    Saw her at the Rainbow Room in ’99 and she was well past her prime. Another fan, a girl, and myself asked her if she could sing “Am I Blue” and she said she never heard of it. When we both said it was our favorite she told us to go to the bandstand and sing it ourselves. I was blue after this but after watching the movie I realized I had been O’Dayed by the real thing.
    The angels will be hard pressed to keep up with her scat, that is if she made it there but if god loves to swing she is there and doing it her way. Loved her since 1958.

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