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Anita O'Day On Screen

Anita O'Day was a cultural hero of the past. A tough broad in the most respected sense, and one of the greatest jazz vocalists of our time. Though she performed with some of the biggest bands of her day—Gene Krupa, Woody Herman and Stan Kenton—she was never one to stand in the shadows. No, her distinct voice and perfect rhythm launched her into the spotlight, time and time again. The new documentary Anita O’Day: The Life of a Jazz Singer captures her presence and legacy. It's the work of Robbie Cavolina, her one-time manager who says O'Day shattered the idea of the typical female band singer.

Anita O'Day: The Life of a Jazz Singer is currently on screens at the Landmark Century Cinema on Clarke St. in Chicago.

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