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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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2 wins & 1 nomination See more »
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DVD Playhouse--July 2009
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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
Russell Garcia ... Himself (as Russ Garcia)
Willis Holman ... Himself (as Bill Holman)
Eddie Locke ... Himself
Johnny Mandel ... Himself

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

Annie Ross ... Herself
Billy Taylor ... Himself
George Wein ... Himself

Margaret Whiting ... Herself
Joe Wilder ... Himself
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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USA:90 min
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The clips of Anita O'Day performing as a band singer for Gene Krupa and Stan Kenton come from "Soundies", three-minute music videos filmed during the 1940's for playback on a "Panoram", a video jukebox that projected the film onto a window-like screen. Many top musicians of the period, including Duke Ellington, Louis Armstrong and Liberace (who made his film debut on one) made "Soundies".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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Leonard Feather's comment... comment... comment, 8 December 2013
Author: brenthosier from United States

I've not seen the documentary in full, but I've seen a lot of the footage that I know to be on it. My comment is mainly about mgconlan's '09 comment about Leonard Feather's comment about Anita being the only white female Jazz singer to equal what we think of as "the big 3" female Jazz singers. I agree with Feather. mgconlan points out other white femmes of note. I'm not that familiar with the Boswells or Bailey. Christy is too cool, too icy. I don't mean that in a bad way, I just find her style limited. In the mid-Seventies I became a fan of Chris Connor. "Lonely Woman" was the first song I heard by her, which is about as "outside" as she got on record. But I collected Bethlehem for her early stuff ( what she was doing in the early Fifties was pretty advanced) and Atlantic, of which I've owned almost all of her releases. I love her, but she is no Anita O'Day. Color being the theme - listening to Ella, she very often sounds white, yet still has the Jazz feel. Anita may sound "blacker" in a sense, but it is more her sense of feeling - this woman could throw some curve balls melodically while fooling around with the time and deconstruct a tune like nobody else. She could really read 'em. I put her up there with the big 3.

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