About the categories musician and singer again:
“Anita was not a singer, in my estimation. She was a musician who used her voice as an instrument.”That’s the trumpeter Denny Roche speaking, in the documentary Anita O’Day: The Life of a Jazz Singer (dir. Robbie Cavolina and Ian McCrudden, 2007), a great documentary about a great singer and musician. O’Day’s sense of time and her phrasing: where did they come from? She was a wonder.
If you’ve never seen the great clip of Anita O’Day at the 1958 Newport Jazz Festival: here you go.