IMDb > Anita O'Day: The Life of a Jazz Singer (2007)
Anita O'Day: The Life of a Jazz Singer
Quicklinks
Top Links
trailers and videosfull cast and crewtriviaofficial sitesmemorable quotes
Overview
main detailscombined detailsfull cast and crewcompany credits
Awards & Reviews
user reviewsexternal reviewsawardsuser ratingsparents guidemessage board
Plot & Quotes
plot summarysynopsisplot keywordsmemorable quotes
Did You Know?
triviagoofssoundtrack listingcrazy creditsalternate versionsmovie connectionsFAQ
Other Info
box office/businessrelease datesfilming locationstechnical specsliterature listingsNewsDesk
Promotional
taglines trailers and videos posters photo gallery
External Links
showtimesofficial sitesmiscellaneousphotographssound clipsvideo clips

Anita O'Day: The Life of a Jazz Singer (2007) More at IMDbPro »

Videos (see all 4)
Anita O'Day: The Life of a Jazz Singer -- Clip: Travelin' light
Anita O'Day: The Life of a Jazz Singer -- Clip: Let's fall in love
Anita O'Day: The Life of a Jazz Singer -- Clip: Sweet Georgia Brown
Anita O'Day: The Life of a Jazz Singer -- Clip: Let me off uptown

Overview

User Rating:
7.6/10   182 votes »
Your Rating:
Saving vote...
Deleting vote...
/10   (delete | history)
Sorry, there was a problem
MOVIEmeter: ?
Up 27% in popularity this week. See why on IMDbPro.
Directors:
Robbie Cavolina (co-director)
Ian McCrudden (co-director)
Contact:
View company contact information for Anita O'Day: The Life of a Jazz Singer on IMDbPro.
Genre:
Plot:
A tribute to jazz diva Anita O'Day, completed just weeks before her death in November 2006. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
Plot Keywords:
Awards:
2 wins & 1 nomination See more »
NewsDesk:
DVD Playhouse--July 2009
 (From The Hollywood Interview. 14 July 2009, 12:00 PM, PDT)

User Reviews:
A Well Deserved Tribute But Little New Information About An Exceptional Singer 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
 
Other crew
Alan Eichler .... film footage
Sara Monacelli .... sales promotion manager
 

Production Companies

Additional Details

Also Known As:
Runtime:
USA:90 min
Country:
Language:
Color:

Did You Know?

Trivia:
First-ever feature documentary on the life of legendary jazz vocalist Anita O'Day.See more »
Goofs:
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 »
Movie Connections:
Features Jazz on a Summer's Day (1959)See more »

FAQ

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.
16 out of 18 people found the following review useful.
A Well Deserved Tribute But Little New Information About An Exceptional Singer, 30 April 2007
Author: aegriffin from United States

I saw this tonight at the Tribeca Film Festival in New York City.

Anita O'Day's story was well documented in her autobiography "High Times, Hard Times", which is respected for its unflinching candor. The best feature of this documentary is the clips of Anita's performances, many of which have never been seen before. It includes, of course, her landmark performance of 'Sweet Georgia Brown' from the 1958 Newport Jazz Festival, and several other performances that evidence her right to be considered one of jazz's finest vocalists. In addition to these clips there are interviews with jazz luminaries including George Wein (legendary founder of the Newport Jazz Festival), Margaret Whiting, and Dr. Billy Taylor. These experts credibly testify about Anita's genius and her standing relative to other jazz singers who obtained greater celebrity, such as Billie Holiday, Ella Fitzgerald, and Sarah Vaughn.

This documentary does not provide new information about either Anita's private life or career, but it is important as a tribute to a singer whose talent justified greater acclaim than she received.

Was the above review useful to you?
See more (10 total) »

Message Boards

Discuss this movie with other users on IMDb message board for Anita O'Day: The Life of a Jazz Singer (2007)
Recent Posts (updated daily)User
release infomation blewnote
In Providence at the Cable Car Cinema. ItalianGerry
Playing in San Diego This Week hornadw
Playing in New Orleans this week mojoman3061
See more »

Recommendations

If you enjoyed this title, our database also recommends:
- - - - -
Ray Gonzo: The Life and Work of Dr. Hunter S. Thompson Tarnation Empire Falls Hustle & Flow
IMDb User Rating:
IMDb User Rating:
IMDb User Rating:
IMDb User Rating:
IMDb User Rating:
Show more recommendations

Related Links

Full cast and crew Company credits External reviews
News articles IMDb Documentary section IMDb USA section

You may report errors and omissions on this page to the IMDb database managers. They will be examined and if approved will be included in a future update. Clicking the 'Edit page' button will take you through a step-by-step process.