Like many others, I was introduced to Anita O'Day (who died in 2006) through her flamboyant appearance at the Newport Jazz Festival in Jazz on a Summer's Day (1960), which she identifies in this routine 2007 documentary as the high point of her career. It's a pity the clip from that film doesn't include her up-tempo “Tea for Two” (featured elsewhere) and that most of the performance footage, including a charming 1942 short with Roy Eldridge, is so technically cruddy. One of the few white vocalists to play the Apollo, O'Day does fabulous things with her hands as well as her voice when she sings. Her talent and will to survive (in the late 60s she kicked a 16-year heroin addiction) are reasons enough to see this film. Robbie Cavolina and Ian McCrudden directed. 90 min.
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