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Susan May: Black Coffee

Here’s a disconcerting realization: Chicagoan Susan May, who’s just released her second platter of standards, never coexisted on this planet with Sarah Vaughan. May wasn’t born until the year after Sassy’s death in 1990. She hadn’t yet reached her fifth birthday when Ella Fitzgerald expired. As you’ve probably already calculated, May isn’t old enough to vote, drink or legally engage in an adult relationship. She is 15. She was 12 when her debut disc, The Rose, earned her priceless praise from mighty Oprah Winfrey, who dubbed her one of “the world’s most talented kids.”

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