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Spotlight on Jazz-Anita O’Day…Style Personified…

September 29, 2011

Anita O’Day (October 18, 1919 – November 23, 2006) was an American jazz singer.

Born Anita Belle Colton, O’Day was admired for her sense of rhythm and dynamics, and her early big band appearances shattered the traditional image of the “girl singer”. Refusing to pander to any female stereotype, O’Day presented herself as a “hip” jazz musician, wearing a band jacket and skirt as opposed to an evening gown. She changed her surname from Colton to O’Day, pig Latin for “dough,” slang for money. While maintaining a central core of hard swing, O’Day’s skills in improvisation of rhythm and melody put her squarely among the pioneers of bebop.

Watch her give you Sweet Georgia Brown like you’ve never heard it before or since…

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