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.
Not as well known as Sarah Vaughn or Billie Holiday, or Ella, but she’s one of the great jazz singers, male or female. Her autobiography is entertaining, and interesting, although not enough about her music, most of it concerns her life, and her addictions, and problems. I guess that sold more books.
Here she schools a big band in Japan, in a good natured way. She’s a brilliant jazz singer. I’m sure the guys in the band were intimidated.