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Directors:
Robbie Cavolina (co-director)
Ian McCrudden (co-director)
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A tribute to jazz diva Anita O'Day, completed just weeks before her death in November 2006. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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DVD Playhouse--July 2009
 (From The Hollywood Interview. 14 July 2009, 12:00 PM, PDT)

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The life of a Jazz Singer ...best jazz documentary See more (10 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order)
Anita O'Day ... Herself
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Louis Armstrong ... Himself (archive footage)

Buddy Bregman ... Himself

Dick Cavett ... Himself (archive footage)
Leonard Feather ... Himself
Will Friedwald ... Himself
Johnny Mandel ... Himself

John Cameron Mitchell ... Himself
John Poole ... Himself (archive footage)

Annie Ross ... Herself
George Wein ... Himself

Margaret Whiting ... Herself
Gerald Wilson ... Himself

Directed by
Robbie Cavolina (co-director)
Ian McCrudden (co-director)
 
Writing credits
Robbie Cavolina  and
Ian McCrudden 

Produced by
Robbie Cavolina .... producer
Melissa Davis .... producer
Ian McCrudden .... producer
Nancy Fields O'Connor .... executive producer
 
Film Editing by
Robbie Cavolina 
Ian McCrudden 
 
Art Direction by
Robbie Cavolina 
 
Editorial Department
Jason Fabbro .... digital intermediate colorist
Marc Jozefowicz .... assistant editor
Gene Mendoza .... color timer
 
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Alan Eichler .... film footage
Sara Monacelli .... sales promotion manager
 

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The film depicts Anita O'Day's emergence as a solo artist and her signing with Bob Thiele's Signature label by showing a cardboard cut-out of her with the slogan, "Hey, ops! I'm on Signature now!" "Ops" meant jukebox operators, who were crucial to the success of a record in the 1930's and 1940's. Not only did they buy a lot of records themselves, they also promoted it by putting it on their jukeboxes.See more »
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Factual errors: In one of the interview clips, Anita O'Day says that composer-arranger Gary McFarland died soon after the release of the album they made together, "All the Sad Young Men." McFarland actually lived another 10 years after the 1961 release of his record with O'Day, and died on November 2, 1971.See more »
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Features Jazz on a Summer's Day (1959)See more »

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1 out of 1 people found the following review useful.
The life of a Jazz Singer ...best jazz documentary, 27 June 2014
Author: doughk5

What a great forgotten talent ...the honesty of her life she presents should be a guide post to young talent and celebrities today. Her wit and wisdom...does not take the edge off what she did and how she did .A true breath of fresh air from truly one of the greats. To be truthful in regards to addiction ... Both hers and many of the Jazz greats that were her contemporaries, was insightful and sincere...with her brand of brashness that i am sure was her trademark. To have that long of a career , to play with most of the greatest in Jazz and to survive..is truly indicative of her stamina and stick to it-ness, that keeps her alive in the hearts of those that knew her and discovered her courtesy of this documentary. Anita's look and rebel attitude strikes familiar ....Mylie Cyrus.

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