Anita O'Day: The Life of a Jazz Singer


1h 30m 2007

Brief Synopsis

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

Film Details

MPAA Rating
NR
Genre
Biography
Documentary
Historical
Music
Release Date
2007

Technical Specs

Duration
1h 30m

Synopsis

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.

Film Details

MPAA Rating
NR
Genre
Biography
Documentary
Historical
Music
Release Date
2007

Technical Specs

Duration
1h 30m

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Trivia

Miscellaneous Notes

Co-winner of the 2008 Satellite Award for Best Doumentary Motion Picture by the International Press Academy (IPA).

Released in United States 2007

Released in United States August 15, 2008

Released in United States August 22, 2008

Released in United States January 2008

Released in United States Summer May 23, 2008

Shown at Palm Springs International Film Festival (True Stories) January 3-14, 2008.

Shown at Vancouver International Film Festival (Nonfiction Features of 2007) September 27-October 12, 2007.

Released in United States 2007 (Shown at Vancouver International Film Festival (Nonfiction Features of 2007) September 27-October 12, 2007.)

Released in United States January 2008 (Shown at Palm Springs International Film Festival (True Stories) January 3-14, 2008.)

Released in United States Summer May 23, 2008

Released in United States August 15, 2008 (New York City)

Released in United States August 22, 2008 (Los Angeles)