Anita O’Day gives the boys a music lesson

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.

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.

33 responses to “Anita O’Day gives the boys a music lesson

  1. forgot the category, tried “more” did not work.

  2. there; i fixed it a li’l bit. looks great, and i’ll be back after i paste in my new post at my.fdl to explain what i…er…may have done. suggest other changes, and we’ll try to make them so. dunno why when i pasted in the video url again it took; these are wordpress mysteries to me…

  3. realitychecker1

    FWIW, i am getting the video without sound, and cannot find any volume control on the video.

  4. no control if you hover your mouse over the speaker icon? i can hear it, and access the volume control. odd bodkins; try hovering your mouse over the YouTube thingie on the lower right, and then click ‘watch on youtube, see if it’s the same…

  5. works fine for me.

    • realitychecker1

      Had the same problem with the Nate Jackson vid. Nothing works, not even the YouTube button. Might just be my computer-I have been having an issue with McAfee trying to sneak anit-virus to me under the guise of a needed Adobe download, might be the cause soemhow. who knows? Ignore me if it works for you guys. BTW, welcome to this alternate universe, mafr, so nice to see an FDLer migrating over here.

  6. At the end of the tune, she sings five notes of a whole tone scale, which is quite difficult, and if she hadn’t already, she leaves the guys completely behind. Which was not unusual. She was basically a highly accomplished jazz musician whose instrument was her voice.

    Tea for Two. Not much to that song, unless it’s sung by someone like Anita O’Day. Wow.

    In her youth, in the thirties, Anita entered “dance marathons” to get by. Those were brutal competitions, where people would literally dance till they dropped. The last person or couple standing won something.

  7. Yes, nice place they have here. Nice to see you as well.

  8. maybe mafr’ll hum a few bars for ya, toby…
    and ain’t it great he’s here?

  9. It’s also remarkable that in 1963, not really that long after the war, there were Japanese jazz musicians, of this high calibre. Not anything near the level of the top American and Canadian players, but still very good.

    But there was and is a big following for jazz music in Japan. High profile jazz players from the USA tour Japan, and local level players from Canada and the USA are often hired to play jazz in clubs and bars.

    Did I mention that Anita O’Day is brilliant?

  10. any tips on how I can stop the rss feeds? I don’t want every post and reply coming to email. thanks if you can help.

  11. Yes, you mentioned that, lol. and when things slow down a bit, i look forward to actually watching as i listen. remember ‘they shoot horses, don’t they?’ about dance marathons?

    did you sign up to Follow this blog? I know you can Unfollow up at the left end of the header bar. I don’t even know what an RSS feed is, but I left the widget in just in case anyone wanted to use it for…whatever it’s for. the help menu in the dropdown when you hover your mouse under your name on the right side of the bar is good. i found these that might help,, and you can check your dashboard to change notifications.

    second one is Greek to me, but might mean something to you. let me know if they help.

  12. realitychecker1

    Yes, it’s great that an old FDL hand like mafr is here, and would also be great if we could get more of those FDL thinking people over here. Have you considered showing a bit o’ leg, Wendy lol?

  13. have you seen my *leg*, rc? ;~)

  14. realitychecker1

    Only in my dreams, miistress lol.

  15. just think of chicken legs, lol. a few folks over yonder said they’d peeked in, so, patience… and michael cavlan was looking for you on my ‘i did not speak out’ thread. ;~)

  16. were those hints helpful in stopping your emails, mafr? i don’t remember how to find my personal dashboard (the most available one is the site’s), but as i remember it, there was a way to shut them off. oddly, i got three notifications this morning that you were Following the site, not Unfollowing, so…i’m a bit confused. it did just occur to me that i might look into the RSS widget, and see what’s actually there.

  17. Hi, have not figured it out yet, but not a big deal.

  18. you will probably get more following messages. I “hover” over “unfollow” but after displaying “unfollow” it reverts to “follow”

    sorry for this. don’t worry about it.

  19. ah, i only got 27 more, lol. but: at the botttom of each one there was a link to clink to change my discussion settings. the link took me to a wordpress sign-in page. you might try that. as i said, i can’t remember where my personal dashboard is hiding, but i can check on mr. wd’s laptop later this evening to look at his.

    also, on the rss button under ‘meta’, when i clicked it, at the top was a field withe choices *how* to sign up for feeds. perhaps if you look there, and are already signed up to receive them, there will be an option to unsubscribe.

    have you seen your dashboard yet? on a dropdown under your name on the left header bar?

  20. when i see the Following button, there is a checkmark on the left indicating i’m ‘following the site’. when i click it, a + in a circle appears, meaning that i have Unfollowed the site.

  21. ok. thanks for being good humoured, feel like an idiot. Not getting a ton of emails yet, so, I will do again later.

  22. good griefers, mon; i need to learn this stuff, so…like helping j format poetry, i’ll learn, too. gadzukes, you figured out to post all by yourself, so…

    but aside from the follow, unfollow thing, i got this advice from the wordpress Hug Team (or whatever) guy:

    If one of your subscribers would like to change if they’re getting email notifications, they can actually change that right here:!/read/edit/

    Or if they are not users and are just getting messages via email, they can unsubscribe by going back to your page and clicking the same “Follow” button that they had clicked in the first place to unfollow your site.

  23. got it done. lucky old number 27.

  24. atta boy; you rock! ;-)

    but it’s a good thing i’ve been schooled to be such a life-long of irony; i’m not getting email notifications now, and cannae figure out why. maybe it’s *The Silence* teaching me a lesson.

  25. one thing that is very odd, is that wordpress thinks whistlestop cafe is my blog. I think I can do anything that the proprietor of the blog can. Not sure how or why that happened.

  26. who did you pay off, dude? seriously, what makes you think that they think that? or did they demote me cuz i iz zo clueless about how things work?

    just checked, and i’m listed as the sole administrator (you’re an author), but…if you have Da Power, please use it wisely. ;-)

  27. I just looked again, and you are correct. sorry.

    Got a mother deer and day old faun living in our yard.

  28. you have a fawn already? holy crow! ours usually come in…what…july? ah, i forget. some of them are here:

    looks like i haven’t kept up very well; rats.

    so the wordpress guy just emailed and ask if you’re still getting email notifications; i told him i thought that the problem was solved. was i right? i need to find a way to put instructions for all that in a widget or whatever on the sidebar. also that everyone can go into their Profile menu and create a personal Avatar (gravatar, i guess) if they’d like.

    but fawns; wee wonders they are, with their gently beauty and their early abilities to stand, suckle, and learn to recognize their mama’s bleats.

  29. I don’t think I’m getting email notifications now.

    Yes the fauns, and their mothers are remarkable.

    The fathers just bugger off.

  30. I wasn’t logged in when I made the above comment, and got an email notification of it. Now logged in, so I will see if that makes a difference.

  31. confusing. i wish i knew more about this stuff, mafr. my partial guess is that you’d clicked the ‘notify me of follow-up comments by email’ box for this thread. that may be hard to change, even with the wordpress link i gave you. i think there’s a link to that at the bottom of each email you receive, iirc.

    have you stopped getting emails of new posts and comments on other threads, or were you before? as in: is this the only thread for which you get emails?

    also: if you’d like, please do post other resistance videos and such that will inspire us, or even…cause us to think. i’m a wee bit anxious that i’d said i couldn’t watch the one you’d link to, but after processing some of my angst on my post, it’s even possible i could watch it now; dunno.

  32. “it’s even possible i could watch it now; dunno.”

    I definitely wouldn’t bother;

    I will post some others, or something that’s easier.

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