How Cool Is Cool?

The whole scene in this clip is so cool I can barely stand it. It’s a performance of “Sweet Georgia Brown” and “Tea for Two” by Anita O’Day at the Newport Jazz Festival in 1958. anita oday photo It’s not only the singer and the songs I love, but the audience, too. The girl eating the hotdog, the one reading “Camille” in paperback, the young priest, all the people in the odd straw hats. Who are they and what became of them all in the last 55 years? The clip is from a documentary, a great one, called “Jazz on a Summer Day.” And if you want to know more about O’Day (and there is a LOT to know, including how out-of-her-mind stoned she was during this performance), you might like the DVD “Anita O’Day: The Life of a Jazz Singer.”

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