Palm tunes into ‘Anita O’Day’

Film unit buys documentary on jazz icon

Palm Pictures has bought North American rights to “Anita O’Day: The Life of a Music Legend.”

The doc about the Jezebel of Jazz, who attained fame in the 1940s and remains popular in jazz circles today, will bow theatrically in late May and on DVD in the fall.

Co-directors Robbie Cavolina and Ian McCrudden wrapped production just weeks before their subject’s death in 2006 at age 87.

O’Day speaks not just about her seven-decade career and gigs with Louis Armstrong, Roy Eldridge and Stan Kenton, but also of her struggles including alcoholism, drug addiction, rape and jail time. The film also includes some previously unreleased concert footage.

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