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Ann Hampton Callaway at Birdland

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Ann Hampton Callaway Birdland New York, NY November 1, 2017 In her iconic theme song for The Nanny, Ann Hampton Callaway quips: “She's the lady in red when everybody else in wearing tan." And while Callaway wasn't dressed in red when she graced Birdland on 1 November 2017, she did stand out with equal vividness at a whitewashed historical moment. Backed by Ted Rosenthal on piano, Martin Wind on bass, Tim Horner on drums, and ...

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MCG Jazz does Christmas: New Holiday Releases From Ann Hampton Callaway and the Pittsburgh Jazz Orchestra

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The inevitability of new Christmas albums often fills jazz journalists with dread. And while some may assume it's because we're a cynical breed with unreasonable standards and upturned noses, that couldn't be further from the truth (in most cases). The reason jazz journalists approach new Christmas albums with caution is simple: the number of slipshod, hastily-produced, derivative holiday albums produced in a given year always seems to significantly outweigh the number of quality Christmas projects that appear in the same ...

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Ann Hampton Callaway at Dizzy's Club Coca-Cola

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Ann Hampton Callaway Dizzy's Club Coca-Cola October 23, 2014 New York, NY On the CD release event for her album Sarah Vaughan Project (Shanachie, 2014)--captured live at this very venue--Ann Hampton Callaway kicked off the set with a very up-tempo take on “I'm Gonna Live Till I Die" that swung hard, setting the tone for the evening. She then talked a little about what the show and album were about--honoring “the divine" ...

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Callaway at The Colony

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There are so many perspectives from which to view Ann Hampton Callaway's vocal arsenal that I decided that I would take advantage of a Florida book tour stop I was making and catch her appearance at the Royal room of the Colony Hotel in Palm Beach. By skipping her CD launch party at Dizzy's (from where I would normally write this review) and attend one in entirely different demographic, I thought I might get some new angles that might be ...

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Ann Hampton Callaway: At Last

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It takes a certain degree of nerve to take on “At Last," Mack Gordon and Harry Warren's classic ballad. Etta James' definitive recording is the standard by which most--if not all--renderings are judged. Singer Ann Hampton Callaway has that nerve, and then some. Callaway, a performer in the Broadway musical Swing!, composed and sang the theme to the hit television series The Nanny. Her associations include Wynton Marsalis and the Lincoln Center Jazz Orchestra, and Keith Lockhart ...

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Ann Hampton Callaway: Blues In the Night

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Ann Hampton Callaway shows off her persuasive pipes on this memorable program of familiar songs and originals. Backed by pianist Ted Rosenthal, bassist Christian McBride and drummer Lewis Nash, she explores the kind of songs that drive Broadway wild. Sherrie Maricle's Diva big band appears on four tracks, while band members Anat Cohen (tenor saxophone) and Jami Dauber (trumpet) fill in on three additional selections with a moving spirit.

With a blues theme running through her album, Callaway ...

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Ann Hampton Callaway Swings Blues Alley

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Ann Hampton Callaway Blues Alley Washington, DC September 14, 2006

Showmanship is a rare commodity in the jazz world today. Too many performers believe it contradicts true artistry. In some cases they may be right. But add a healthy dose of real talent and the two can offer a winning combination. Throw in a bigger than life personality, a biting sense of humor, and a powerful set of lungs and you have Ann Hampton ...

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Ann Hampton Callaway: Signature

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The gap between Barbra Streisand and Ella Fitzgerald is wide, a fact that Ann Hampton Callaway has no doubt discovered. Ms. Callaway began her career in the early 1980s as a rich-voiced, highly musical cabaret singer with a preference for intensely dramatic ballads. In the mid-90s, she changed directions and embraced vocal jazz. Although some of her early jazz efforts were problematic, in recent years Ms. Callaway’s substance has begun to keep pace with her form, and she has emerged ...

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Ann Hampton Callaway: Signature

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With each release, cabaret singer, Broadway performer and apparently soon to become TV star with her own show on PPBS, Ann Hampton Callaway amazes with her versatility. Becoming even more adventurous than ever on this latest release with a play list that brims with interesting and varied material, from the Vocalese gem, “Twisted", made famous by Annie Ross, to the Louis Armstrong favorite “A Kiss to Build a Dream on" with lots of good stuff in between. On top of ...


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