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Tierney Sutton: Dancing in the Dark

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Popular myth suggests that Eskimo languages include an indeterminate number-ranging anywhere from nine to several hundred-of words for “snow.” Likewise, it’s all but impossible to determine precisely how many variations on “cool” can be applied to jazz and pop-jazz singers. There’s the laid-back cool of Dean Martin; the hipster cool of Mark Murphy; the somnambulistic cool of Julie London; the detached cool of Peggy Lee; the calculated cool of Harry Connick Jr.; the manufactured cool of Michael Buble.

Somewhere in the middle is the warm cool of June Christy, Chris Connor and Nat “King” Cole. At opposite extremes are the volcanic ubercool of Frank Sinatra (who, some 40 years after his prime and nearly six years after his death, remains the barometer of cool for not just singers but all celebrities) and the ice cool of Tierney Sutton.

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