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Ann Hampton Callaway: “The Ella Century”


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Ann Hampton Callaway is one of the leading champions of the great American Songbook, having made her mark as a singer, pianist, composer, lyricist, arranger, actress, educator, television host, and producer. A born entertainer, Callaway blends jazz and traditional pop with her unique singing style, making her a mainstay in concert halls, theaters, and jazz clubs as well as in the recording studio, on television, and in film. She is best known for her Tony-nominated performance in the hit Broadway musical Swing! and for writing and singing the theme song to the hit TV series The Nanny. Callaway is a platinum award-winning writer whose songs are featured on seven of Barbra Streisand’s recent albums. The only composer to have collaborated with Cole Porter, she has also written songs with Carole King, Rolf Lovland, and Barbara Carroll, to name a few.

Callaway’s live performances showcase her warmth, spontaneous wit, and passionate delivery of standards, jazz classics, and originals. She is one of America’s most gifted improvisers, taking words and phrases from her audiences and creating songs on the spot, whether alone at a piano or with a symphony orchestra. Callaway has been a special guest performer with Wynton Marsalis and the Lincoln Center Jazz Orchestra in New York and with Keith Lockhart and the Boston Pops Orchestra at Symphony Hall and Tanglewood Music Center in Massachusetts. She has been featured at many of New York City’s Carnegie Hall tributes and has sung with more than thirty of the world’s top orchestras and big bands. She has also performed for President Bill Clinton in Washington, D.C., and at President Mihail Gorbachev’s Youth Peace Summit in Moscow. Callaway performed with her sister, Broadway star Liz Callaway, in their award-winning show Sibling Revelry at London’s Donmar Warehouse. Their newest act, Boom!, a critically acclaimed celebration of the baby boomer hits of the 1960s and 1970s, was recorded on PS Classics and debuted in the top 25 on Billboard Jazz. Ann was featured in the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade telecast watched by six million people singing the Emmy Award–winning song “Yes, Virginia.” Recently, Ann debuted her latest symphony show, The Streisand Songbook, with the Boston Pops and continues to tour the show with top orchestras across the country.

Callaway is an impressively fluid musician. . . . She captures [Sarah Vaughan] wisely and well.

JazzTimes Magazine

The incredibly gifted, multi-talented Callaway slays it. She sounds absolutely magnificent.


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