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article imageMr. Media Radio: ‘Anita O’Day: The Life of a Jazz Singer’ docu Special

By Bob Andelman     Jul 21, 2009 in Entertainment
What makes a documentary film appealing to you?
For me, it’s either a subject in which I’m already invested, of course, or one in which I’m just curious enough to give it a try.
Well, I didn’t know much about Anita O’Day, the jazz singer whom Robbie Cavolina and Ian McCrudden have immortalized in their new film, Anita O’Day: The Life of a Jazz Singer. It would have been just as easy to take a pass on this, but I’m glad I didn’t. (It was released this week on DVD.)
O’Day, whose voice could be both lilting and rusty - and I mean that in a good way - was gifted with a phenomenal instrument. And she lived a crazy life, falling into serious heroin abuse for nearly 15 years. Hers is a story natural to documentary film-making and I encourage you to check it out.
O’Day was one of the greatest of American jazzsingers and this is her astonishing story—a journey of survival, and above all the endurance of her talent, told in a number of frank interviews with her and with those who knew her.
Her career was long and eventful, spanning seven decades, her last album recorded when she was 84. This documentary of a legend was co-directed by Robbie Cavolina and Ian McCrudden who produced with Melissa Davis. The film shows Anita on tour in Europe well into her eighties and her making that final recording, shortly before her death, the death of an icon.
You can LISTEN to this Mr. Media interview with ROBBIE CAVOLINA and IAN McCRUDDEN by clicking the audio player above!
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