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Anita O'Day: The Life of A Jazz Singer

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The world lost the defiantly unpredictable, trend-busting bop vocalist Anita O'Day in November 2006, to dementia and pneumonia. A year or so prior, documentarians Ian McCrudden and Robbie Cavolina perhaps foreseeing this loss set out to create the definitive film portrait of the chanteuse, entitled Anita O'Day: The Life of a Jazz Singer. This biography recounts O'Day's life story by intercutting archival performance footage of the vocalist with fond reminiscences from friends and colleagues and cutaways to ...
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Overview

The world lost the defiantly unpredictable, trend-busting bop vocalist Anita O'Day in November 2006, to dementia and pneumonia. A year or so prior, documentarians Ian McCrudden and Robbie Cavolina perhaps foreseeing this loss set out to create the definitive film portrait of the chanteuse, entitled Anita O'Day: The Life of a Jazz Singer. This biography recounts O'Day's life story by intercutting archival performance footage of the vocalist with fond reminiscences from friends and colleagues and cutaways to O'Day's original reviews and publicity material. Interviewees include Bryant Gumbel, Harry Reasoner, Dick Clark, Annie Ross, and Johnny Mandel.
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Special Features

Uninterrupted performances; Outake interviews
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 7/21/2009
  • UPC: 020286132721
  • Original Release: 2007
  • Source: Megaforce
  • Sound: Dolby Digital Stereo
  • Language: English
  • Format: DVD
  • Sales rank: 37,736

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Anita O'Day Participant
Amy Albany Participant
Buddy Bregman Participant
Charles Britton Participant
David Boska Participant
Ken Druker Participant
Joe Franklin Participant
Will Friedwald Participant
Russel Garcia Participant
Jim Gavin Participant
Freeman Gunther Participant
Willis Holman Participant
Karen Kramer Participant
Eddie Locke Participant
Johnny Mandel Participant
John Cameron Mitchell Participant
Mark Morris Participant
John Pietranowicz Participant
Denny Roche Participant
Annie Ross Participant
Mary "Bunny" Sellers Participant
Dr. Billy Taylor Participant
George Win Participant
Margaret Whiting Participant
Joe Wielding Participant
Gerald Wilson Participant
Technical Credits
Robbie Cavolina Director, Art Director, Editor, Producer
Ian McCrudden Director, Cinematographer, Editor, Producer
Melissa Davis Producer
Caroleen Feeney Executive Producer
Thomas Golubic Musical Direction/Supervision
Nancy Fields O'Connor Executive Producer
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Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Anita O'Day: The Life of a Jazz Singer
1. Opening Sequence [2:40]
2. Anita Who? [1:34]
3. What a Big Baby [2:04]
4. Igpay Atinlay & Walkathons [1:39]
5. Thanks For the Boogie Ride [4:39]
6. #1 Fan [1:14]
7. Stan Kenton [2:11]
8. She Looks Gorgeous, She Don't Move [2:35]
9. It's Called Improvising [4:16]
10. Her Voice as an Instrument [2:45]
11. What Is Jazz? [3:41]
12. My Heart Belongs to Daddy [1:56]
13. The Jazz Life [2:46]
14. Jail [2:33]
15. The Starlight Club [5:35]
16. Travelin' Light [4:12]
17. If You've Got the Feeling [:56]
18. Verve [4:36]
19. I Lost Every Race [:59]
21. Singing With Feeling [2:11]
22. Nightbird [1:53]
23. A Free Soul [1:08]
24. Newport '58 [5:48]
25. Japan [3:03]
26. Knowing When to Stop [2:29]
28. The Way It Went Down [2:18]
29. All I Had Was a Broken Arm [2:12]
30. One More Mile [8:07]
31. Finale [2:36]
32. Credits [3:03]
Disc #2 -- Anita O'Day: The Life of a Jazz Singer
1. The Boogie Blues [2:03]
2. Thanks For the Boogie Ride [5:48]
3. Tabby the Cat [2:33]
4. Body and Soul [4:25]
5. Let's Fall In Love Tokyo '63 [2:19]
6. Let's Fall In Love Art Ford's Jazz Party [2:35]
7. Tea For Two [4:46]
8. Trav'lin' Light [3:33]
9. Honeysuckle Rose [3:08]
10. Four Brothers [2:16]
11. Sweet Georgia Brown [4:39]
12. Love For Sale [3:04]
13. A Nightingale Sang In Berkeley Square [3:43]
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Menu

Disc #1 -- Anita O'Day: The Life of a Jazz Singer
   Play the Film
   Subtitle
      French
      Japanese
      Spanish
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Disc #2 -- Anita O'Day: The Life of a Jazz Singer
   Musical Performances
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   Interview Outakes 1
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