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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.


Article: Jazz in Long Form

The Lyrics They Are 'A Changing: Lyrical Liberties In "Lover, Come Back To Me" And "Softly, As In A Morning Sunrise"

Read "The Lyrics They Are 'A Changing: Lyrical Liberties In "Lover, Come Back To Me" And "Softly, As In A Morning Sunrise"" reviewed by Alex Segal

Frank Sinatra's greatness is evident in his making the songs he sang his own. And his doing this is connected to his, on occasion, changing the lyric of a song--even a very good lyric. But according to good anecdotal evidence, Cole Porter and Ira Gershwin--suppliers of some of the best lyrics Sinatra sang--did not take kindly ...


Article: Radio & Podcasts

Fats Waller 120 - Marshall Allen 100

Read "Fats Waller 120 - Marshall Allen 100" reviewed by David Brown

In this episode, we celebrate two artists. In the first set, pianist and songwriter Fats Waller who was born 120 years ago this week. In the second set, we celebrate Philadelphia's ambassador to the cosmos, Marshall Allen leader of the Sun Ra Arkestra, who turned 100 on May 25. These two men's lives span the entire ...

News: Video / DVD

12 YouTube Clips of Anita O'Day

12 YouTube Clips of Anita O'Day

Anita O'Day was one of jazz's first “slick chicks." Born Anita Colton in 1919, O'Day was raised in Chicago. She left home during the Depression at age 14 to become a walk-a-thon contestant—the last person standing after sleepless hours won a cash prize. Dance-a-thons would soon follow. In 1936, O'Day began singing professionally and fronted her ...


Article: Live Review

Mary Ellen Desmond: Comfort and Joy 2023

Read "Mary Ellen Desmond: Comfort and Joy 2023" reviewed by Victor L. Schermer

Mary Ellen Desmond and Friends Church of St. Luke and the Epiphany Philadelphia, PA December 10, 2023 This was the twentieth consecutive year that Mary Ellen Desmond has led her “Comfort and Joy" holiday concert in the sanctuary of Philadelphia's Church of St. Luke and the Epiphany. The ...


Article: Radio & Podcasts

New Releases by Estrella Acosta, Eddie Henderson, Vanessa Perea, Antoine Drye, Caroline Davis, Allison Au, Birthday Shoutouts & More

Read "New Releases by Estrella Acosta, Eddie Henderson, Vanessa Perea, Antoine Drye, Caroline Davis, Allison Au, Birthday Shoutouts & More" reviewed by Mary Foster Conklin

This broadcast includes new releases by Estrella Acosta, Eddie Henderson, Vanessa Perea, Antoine Drye, Caroline Davis and Allison Au}, with birthday shoutouts to {{m: Dizzy Gillespie, Bobby Troup, Jane Bunnett, Anita O'Day, Barbara Fasano, Lakecia Benjamin, Laura Nyro, Esperanza Spalding, Brenda Earle Stokes and Jodi Proznick, among others. Thanks for listening and please support the artists ...


Article: Radio & Podcasts

Carla Bley Tribute, Bartók Jazz, Hot Sax LPs

Read "Carla Bley Tribute, Bartók Jazz, Hot Sax LPs" reviewed by David Brown

This week includes jazz takes on Bela Bartók, a Set of Hot Sax and a look at Philly arranger Lee Lovett. The second half of the show will be dedicated to the compositions of Carla Bley who passed this week. Welcome friends and neighbors to The Jazz Continuum. Old, new, in, out... wherever the music takes ...


Article: Album Review

Hannah Gill: Everybody Loves a Lover

Read "Everybody Loves a Lover" reviewed by Pierre Giroux

Hannah Gill has a passion for jazz and draws her inspiration from the likes of Blossom Dearie, Anita O'Day and Ella Fitzgerald. On this debut release Everybody Loves a Lover, Gill takes on eleven swing-era standards, and while staying true to the original music, she infuses them with her style, which is inflected with blues and ...


Article: Radio & Podcasts

Interview With Legendary Jazz Pianist Neil Bridge

Read "Interview With Legendary Jazz Pianist Neil Bridge" reviewed by Steven Roby

This episode of Backstage Jazz features an interview with legendary jazz pianist and former Denver Public Schools Music Educator, Neil Bridge. Joining him is his wife and Muse, Vocalist/Collaborator Karen Lee Bridge. Neil Bridge is a legendary Jazz Pianist, composer, arranger, band leader, musical director, and former DPS music educator. Throughout his illustrious career, ...


Article: Profile

Tierney Sutton: An Instrumentalist’s Singer

Read "Tierney Sutton: An Instrumentalist’s Singer" reviewed by Mathew Bahl

"Jazz demands something of you," says Tierney Sutton. The Los Angeles based singer is discussing the challenge of selling complicated, improvised music in a culture addicted to simple, pre-packaged formulas. “Being barraged in the media teaches people not to engage, not to seek great art, not to listen with their own ears, not to ...


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