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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: INTERVIEW

Hal Galper: Adventures In The Zone

Read "Hal Galper: Adventures In The Zone" reviewed by Paul Rauch

The career of Hal Galper has earned the pianist acclaim as both a performer and educator. Perhaps most importantly, it has drawn attention to his contributions to the music as a true innovator. While other pianists of his era gained more recognition, Galper sought out a career path where acclaim would be genuine among his peers ...

NEWS: BIRTHDAY

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: ALBUM REVIEW

Susie Meissner: Tea for Two

Read "Tea for Two" reviewed by C. Michael Bailey

Natural but determined evolution makes for well conceived and produced projects. Vocalist Susie Meissner has proved this statement as she progressed from her debut recording I'll Remember April (Lydian Jazz, 2009), through her sophomore effort, I'm Confessin' (Lydian Jazz, 2011) to the present Tea for Two. Using a well-worn repertoire, Meissner, mostly with the support of ...

ARTICLE: RADIO

Arturo O'Farrill, Senri Oe, Chet Baker and More

Read "Arturo O'Farrill, Senri Oe, Chet Baker and More" reviewed by Joe Dimino

As the world continues to change, we start with a song from Arturo O'Farrill off his new CD Four Questions to keep the conversation on Black Lives Matter moving forward. We also focus on new music and conversations from jazz artists during the COVID-19 pandemic world of no live jazz with Senri Oe, Lara Driscoll, Aubrey ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Randy Porter Trio: Porter Plays Frishberg: Unsung

Read "Porter Plays Frishberg: Unsung" reviewed by Paul Rauch

Pianist/composer/lyricist Dave Frishberg may not be a household name in the world of jazz, but those in the know, musicians and listeners alike, appreciate the often whimsical artist. His works are associated with an “A" list of vocalists, including Blossom Dearie, Rosemary Clooney, Anita O'Day, Shirley Horn and Diana Krall. The 87-year old Frishberg now resides ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

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, ...

ARTICLE: INTERVIEW

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 ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

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 ...


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