Chicago-born Anita O'Day was a tough broad, in the most respected sense, and one of the greatest jazz vocalists of our time. She performed with some of the biggest bands of her dayâ€”Gene Krupa, Woody Herman and Stan Kenton. And her distinct voice and perfect rhythm launched her into the spotlight, time and time again. The documentary, Anita O'Day: The Life of a Jazz Singer
, captures her presence and legacy. Its recent release on DVD made us want to revisit a 2008 interview with the filmmaker, Robbie Cavolina.