December 23, 1988 |
After 80 or so albums and almost 55 years in the music profession, she sometimes is referred to as the "legendary" Anita O'Day. Her nightclub performances continue to draw praise, and now, unexpectedly, there is recognition from another industry. "A lawyer called and said one of my songs was going to be in some movie," she said matter-of-factly the other night before her closing show at Vine St. Bar & Grill.
May 12, 1990 |
"The method doesn't change. You bring out a few tunes, you blow a few choruses, you bring in some of that nostalgia pitch, and you throw in a few songs from the '40s. Then you add a couple of things from today, songs that are like the standards, and that's it." Anita O'Day--who will make rare Orange County appearances Sunday at noon and 3 p.m.
June 26, 1990 |
Jazz singer Anita O'Day gave up city life in Hollywood eight years ago for a mobile home park in Hemet, but she ventures out for dates in jazz clubs. She opens five nights at Elario's in La Jolla on Wednesday night, her first appearance in the San Diego area. Touted by critics as one of the great jazz singers, O'Day, 71, gives a fairly down-to-earth assessment of her own abilities. "My voice is the same as it always was. I have no voice," she said.
November 19, 1992 |
Anita O'Day has never been accused of timidity--at least not when it comes to music. After 50-plus years in the business, virtually all of it as a prominent jazz singer, she does not tolerate musical sloppiness without raising a big-time fuss. "Oh, Anita can be blunt, all right," says saxophonist Gordon Brisker, who will lead the veteran artist's backup group Friday through Sunday at Maxwell's in Huntington Beach. "She definitely doesn't suffer fools too easily."
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July 1, 2013 |
Paul Smith, a jazz pianist, arranger-composer and music director for stars such as Sammy Davis Jr., Anita O'Day, Mel Torme, Ella Fitzgerald, Doris Day, the Andrews Sisters, Sarah Vaughan and Rosemary Clooney, has died. He was 91. Smith died of heart failure Saturday at the Torrance Memorial Medical Center, publicist Alan Eichler said. At 6 feet 5, with hands that easily spanned the piano keyboard well beyond octaves, Smith was an impressive sight on stage. Playing with a versatility comparable to that of Oscar Peterson and a harmonic richness similar to the work of Bill Evans, he was both a brilliant soloist and an accompanist who was highly praised by the many singers with whom he performed.
May 13, 1989
I was appalled by A. James Liska's mean-spirited review of singer Anita O'Day (May 5). As a veteran of 50 years in show business and as one of the truly original jazz stylists of her time, O'Day deserves more consideration, even if there were rough edges on her opening set of opening night. To criticize her repertoire for its age is typical of American culture, which fails to venerate its living national treasures in its pursuit of commercial novelty. Did the reviewer expect to hear hip-hop from one of the few remaining pioneers of be-bop?