Anita O'Day: The Life of A Jazz Singer

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This career-spanning portrait, directed by her former manager Robbie Cavolina and Ian McCrudden, is of a woman who always lived by her own rules. One of the greatest jazz singers of all time, O’Day was highly esteemed by musicians as well as the public, with a style epitomized by her album entitled, Cool Heat.  She is widely recognized as the only white jazz singer on a par with Billie Holiday, Ella Fitzgerald and Sarah Vaughan.  Her total disregard for convention applied as much to singing as to a spectacularly messy life that included several marriages, drug arrests and a heroin addiction. O'Day brings a survivor's grit and grace to the telling of these and other episodes of her tumultuous career, all of which is recounted with a no-regrets sense of triumph.

Directors Robbie Cavolina and Ian McCrudden. 92 mins, NR.  Digital presentation.

"How was this careless, self-destructive human rhythm machine able to outlast almost all her peers? Maybe the vitality of the jazz she made kept her alive. She was one tough lady." - Stephen Holden, The New York Times

Experience jazz greats on the big screen with local host of WFCR's legendary Jazz à la mode Program, Tom Reney.  Enjoy 20 minutes of LIVE jazz before each performance, and stick around to discuss the history, the personalities and the music after each show.