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Anita O'Day

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HIDDEN ERROR: Usage of "ethnicity" is not recognized Anita O'Day (October 18, 1919 - November 23, 2006) was an American jazz singer. Born Anita Belle Colton, O'Day was admired for her sense of rhythm and dynamics, and her early big band appearances shattered the traditional image of the "girl singer". Refusing to pander to any female stereotype, O'Day presented herself as a "hip" jazz musician, wearing a band jacket and skirt as opposed to an evening gown. She changed her surname from Colton to O'Day, pig Latin for "dough," slang for money. Style: O'Day, along with Mel Tormé, is often grouped with the West Coast cool school of jazz. Like Tormé, O'Day had some training in jazz drums (courtesy of her first husband Don Carter); her longest musical collaboration was with jazz drummer John Poole. While maintaining a central core of hard swing, O'Day's skills in improvisation of rhythm and melody put her squarely among the pioneers of bebop. She cited Martha Raye as the primary...

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On Apr 25, 2017. 12:01pm
Christopher Lynch said

It's worth noting by the way, that the accompanying photo of the wonderful Ms O'Day is from her excellent performance during the filming of "Jazz On A Summer's Day", a truly delightful film centered on Newport Jazz Festival. Well worth obtaining as it features great music, is visually lovely and therefore recommended viewing.
Christopher Lynch.

On Apr 30, 2017. 6:15pm
Ben Webb said

She certainly looked the goods but if the legend is true she was "high as a kite", which probably makes her stellar performance more noteworthy.

On May 3, 2017. 8:07am
Christopher Lynch said

Hi Ben,
I'm not sure how well Anita was feeling at the time either!
However the music itself was very engaging.
Do watch "Jazz On A Summer's Day" though as there are wonderful performances included. I particularly like the clips featuring Gerry Mulligan and the haunting, almost Zen-like item from Chico Hamilton. Furthermore, there is a delightful interlude featuring a solo cellist performing the opening of Bach's Suite No.1 in G Major BWV 1007. I only wish more of Thelonious Monk's solo playing was shown.
Cheers,
Chris.L

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