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  • Actors: Anita O'Day
  • Directors: Various
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Black & White, Color, Dolby, NTSC
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 1.0), English (Mono)
  • Region: All Regions
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Jazz Icons
  • DVD Release Date: October 27, 2009
  • Run Time: 60 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B002N5KDZM
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #217,095 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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Jazz Icons: Anita O'Day- Live In '63 & '70
Jazz Icons: Anita O'Day boasts two wonderful concerts from 1963 and 1970 that present the 'jazz singer supreme' in impeccable form. O'Day's horn-based approach to singing is in full effect throughout both shows including stand-out renditions in each show of audience favorites 'Tea For Two' and 'Sweet Georgia Brown' (both reprised from her triumphant appearance at the 1958 Newport Jazz Festival.) This DVD is a fitting testimony to one of jazz music's true originals and shows unequivocally why she is ranked in the top tier of vocalists along with Ella Fitzgerald, Sarah Vaughan and Billie Holiday.


The release of the fourth installment of the Jazz Icons series now brings it up to 30 separate DVDs and over 40 hours of vintage jazz performances, making this the most comprehensive music DVD series of any genre. Reelin' In The Years who produced the Jazz Icons series are also responsible for the Grammy-nominated American Folk Blues Festival series, the multi-platinum selling Definitive Motown series (Temptations, Marvin Gaye, Smokey Robinson & The Miracles) and the British Invasion series (Small Faces, Gerry & The Pacemakers, Dusty Springfield, and Herman's Hermits.) As in all of their projects, each DVD is produced with the full support and cooperation of the artists or their estates.

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The packaging and mastering are excellent.
Len Gardner
This is filmed brilliantly, showcasing her superlative musicians as well as Anita herself.
Cynthia Wilson
A glorious presentation of a wonderful artist!
Richard Hill

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24 of 27 people found the following review helpful By Tym S. on December 18, 2009
Format: DVD
Anita O'Day deserves a lot more love. As fluid as Ella, as daring as Billie, and sassy as Sarah, she deserves a cult of young followers who may've found inspiration in new virtuosos like Bjork, Erykah Badu, and Cat Power. So heads-up, it's time to learn from a maestro.

In this fantastic DVD O'Day is virtually a one-woman band with her precision timing, saxophonic phrasing, crowd charming, and fiesty asides. She's backed by solid bands but she's clearly the engine driving this express. We're lucky to see two concerts here bookending the 60's which act as a master class in first class vocalese. Anita had the complex rhythmic sense of Gene Krupa and the liquid instincts of John Coltrane, all while she was singing a melodic tune. In a male field, she held her own with her whipsmart musicianship and earned deep respect from her legendary peers. Watch how she turns "Sweet Georgia Brown" into a bop opera. Or "Tea For Two" into a gatling gun of fireworks. Astounding. If you want to learn from the best, here's where you start...
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Len Gardner on November 28, 2009
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I recently purchased and viewed the Anita O'Day DVD in the Jazz Icons series. I've collected O'Day's CDs for years, but what a revelation this DVD is! How marvelous her artistry is!

Too often, I buy a CD or DVD and am disappointed. Not this time. This DVD exceeded my expectations, which were already high. The packaging and mastering are excellent. This is really a must have item for fans of jazz singing. For those who haven't yet seen it, be prepared to fall in love.

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12 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Robert Barker on November 14, 2009
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I believe this is the 4th series in the Jazz Icons collections from Reelin' In the Years Productions. They have no peer. And now they have done their magic with Anita O'Day. In this sad economy it would have been understandable if the company had pulled back a little as the DVD home market has bottomed out. I salute their courage, but moreso I salute their results. There was an O'Day concert from Japan in the early 60s put out a couple years ago. (From a competing video group.) The video and audio were poor. This high quality production from Reelin' In The Years more than makes up for it.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Patrick O. Moore on November 4, 2009
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It is so fine to find Anita O'Day represented in this series of jazz performances. For people who buy the box set, this disk may be their first encounter with Anita O'Day. If so, they will want to get the two-disk bio pic "Anita O'Day - The Life Of A Jazz Singer" Anita O'Day - The Life Of A Jazz Singer.

The performances of course are excellent: she was clearly a master of jazz vocals. O'Day was always inventive. Her command of pitch and timing was impeccable, and her phrasing always made you hear new things in lyrics.

The glossy color insert is a generous 20 pages and - fans take note - includes photos I have not seen elsewhere.

Apparently mastered from two Scandanavian TV shows of 40 years ago, the sound and video are excellent. My only regret is that the DVD lasts only an hour.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Mike Tarrani HALL OF FAMETOP 50 REVIEWER on April 29, 2012
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The two concerts on this hour-long DVD are separated by seven years, but Anita's stage presence and singing are superb on both. And despite the seven years of abuse she heaped upon herself with drugs and fast-paced lifestyle, she was still full of energy and turned in an amazing performance on the second half of this DVD that was filmed in Norway.

About the concerts:
The first part of the DVD was filmed in Stockholm, Sweden on June 25, 1963, She is accompanied by Swedish pianist Göran Engdahl (who also took the photo that graces the cover of the DVD case), Polish bassist Roman Dylag, and her partner-in-crime and favorite drummer, John Poole.

Her performance is dazzling. She takes total charge of the stage, musicians and audience and blasts through her setlist without missing a beat or a false note. As a drummer I greatly appreciated seeing shots of John Poole, who is one of my drum idols. The songs were: Sweet Georgia Brown, Let's Fall In Love, A Nightingale Sang In Berkeley Square, Fly Me To The Moon, Honeysuckle Rose, On Green Dolphin Street and Tea For Two.

Anita's rendition of "A Nightingale Sang In Berkeley Square" is ample evidence that she was as adept at singing a ballad as she was on the fast tempo pieces for which she is well known.

On the second part of the DVD, filmed in Oslo, Norway on October 21, 1970, she was accompanied by George Arvanitas on piano, Jacky Samson on bass and Charles Saudrais on drums.

Her setlist was shorter for this performance, consisting of Let's Fall In Love, Yesterday/Yesterdays, Four Brothers, I Can't Get Started, and, of course, Sweet Georgia Brown and Tea For Two that were staples of her act.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By D.R.L. TOP 1000 REVIEWER on March 3, 2012
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~ If you are familiar with Anita O'Day's audio recordings, but have not seen her perform there are a few options: Anita O'Day - Live at Ronnie Scott's from 1986, Live in Tokyo '63, this DVD, her stupendous performance on Jazz on a Summer's Day from 1958, and the second DVD in the biographical Anita O'Day - The Life Of A Jazz Singer, which collects selected performances from these DVDs and other TV shows and movies. Perhaps the place to start is with Bert Stern's Jazz on a Summer's Day because the stellar performance by Anita is so perfectly matched by her band, and because her stunning visual appearance is so well captured by Stern's artistic eye.
~ The 53 minute DVD currently under review originates from to TV shows in which Anita fronts a piano-bass-trio and performs in front a small intimate audience. During the mid-1960's through the mid-1970's, when American audiences and concert promoters shunned jazz, especially jazz singers, many jazz artists made their living in Japan and Europe where audiences appreciated the art form known as jazz. For the two shows recorded for this DVD, Anita used pick-up bands, as she did on most gigs during this period. The only familiar face in the band was on the 1963 show: her long-time drummer, road manager, and drug procurer John Poole.
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