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Anita O'Day

Born Anita Belle Colton in Chicago, Illinois on October 18, 1919, O’Day got her start as a teen. She eventually changed her name to O’Day and in the late 1930’s began singing in a jazz club called the Off-Beat, a popular hangout for musicians like band leader and drummer Gene Krupa. In 1941 she joined Krupa’s band, and a few weeks later Krupa hired trumpeter Roy Eldridge. O’Day and Eldridge had great chemistry on stage and their duet Let Me Off Uptown became a million-dollar-seller, boosting the popularity of the Krupa band. Also that year, “Down Beat” magazine named O’Day “New Star of the Year” and, in 1942, she was selected as one of the top five big band singers.

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Lajos Dudas: The Lake and the Music

Read "The Lake and the Music" reviewed by C. Michael Bailey

At 80-years old, clarinetist Lajos Dudas is dropping off the keys to the recording studio while making his way out—Dudas claims this is his last recording and, if true, he ends things on a high note at the intersection of The Great American Songbook and free jazz. Dudas' previous recording, Return to the Future (Jazzsick Records, ...

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Chiara Pancaldi: Alla Ricerca di Sè Stessi

Read "Chiara Pancaldi: Alla Ricerca di Sè Stessi" reviewed by Paolo Marra

Precious è il nuovo disco di Chiara Pancaldi, il terzo registrato per la prestigiosa etichetta olandese Challenge Records. In questo lavoro, composto quasi interamente da brani originali, la cantante affianca per la prima volta il ruolo di interprete di standard a quello di compositrice, mettendo le sue doti ormai affermate al servizio di una musica più ...

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Sinne Eeg: We've Just Begun

Read "We've Just Begun" reviewed by Jack Bowers

Any vocalist who can summon the world-class Danish Radio Big Band to serve as a backup group must have something special to offer. Sinne Eeg, whose lustrous voice uplifts and illuminates her ninth album, We've Just Begun, has all of that and more. Eeg, as it turns out, is a shining star in her native Denmark--and ...

ARTICLE: YEAR IN REVIEW

2019: The Year in Jazz

Read "2019: The Year in Jazz" reviewed by Ken Franckling

The year 2019 was robust in many ways. International Jazz Day brought its biggest stage to Australia. An important but long-shuttered jazz mecca was revived in a coast-to-coast move. ECM Records celebrated a golden year. The music and its makers figured prominently on the big screen. The National Endowment for the Arts welcomed four new NEA ...

ARTICLE: RADIO

October Birthdays Featuring Art Blakey & Anita O'Day Centennial Salutes

Read "October Birthdays Featuring Art Blakey & Anita O'Day Centennial Salutes" reviewed by Marc Cohn

Indeed--October jazz birthdays. This week's show honoring the 90th birthday of Dan Morgenstern, as well as honoring the memory of Lorraine Gordon (who would have been 97 on Oct. 15th). Centennial salutes for Art Blakey, Anita O'Day and Babs Gonzales. Significant others include Zoot Sims, Clifford Brown, Dizzy Gillespie, Thelonious Monk, Illinois Jacquet, Norman Simmons, Roy ...

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Jazz Musician of the Day: Anita O'Day

Jazz Musician of the Day: Anita O'Day

All About Jazz is celebrating Anita O'Day's birthday today! Born Anita Belle Colton in Chicago, Illinois on October 18, 1919, O’Day got her start as a teen. She eventually changed her name to O’Day and in the late 1930’s began singing in a jazz club called the Off-Beat, a popular hangout for musicians like band leader ...

ARTICLE: RADIO

Jill Barber, Django Reinhardt, Kay Starr and more

Read "Jill Barber, Django Reinhardt, Kay Starr and more" reviewed by Joe Dimino

This week we kick off with the timeless voice of Canadian singer Jill Barber. It's been a long time coming that we had the chance to interview Jill and it's fitting to profile her large stature that is always growing. We spend the rest of the show focusing in particular on the female voices throughout the ...

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More Miles/Gallon

Read "More Miles/Gallon" reviewed by Marc Cohn

This week we return with a “Bitches Brew -Day 2" and a “compare and contrast" between two Wayne Shorter tunes (from Super Nova) versus Miles Davis (from Water Babies). But of course, there's more. We moon over Anita O'Day (a centennial warmup) and go to a hotel with Kenny Clarke keeping time on a phone book ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Veronica Swift: Confessions

Read "Confessions" reviewed by Mike Jurkovic

A born be-bopper, it's literally impossible not to love the energy that 25 year old Veronica Swift brings to her game. Soulfully infused with an infectious passion for jazz past and future, she is building a grand foundation for a long and colorful career, guaranteeing plenty of great performances and listenings along the way.


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