Ann Hampton Callaway to Release New Album and Launch Tour

Ann Hampton Callaway to Release New Album and Launch Tour

Award-winning singer-songwriter Ann Hampton Callaway announces a new album Jazz Goes to the Movies, set for release on October 19, 2018 from Shanachie Entertainment. Having dedicated much her career to keeping the American Songbook alive and vital through critically-acclaimed tributes to the likes of Barbra Streisand and Ella Fitzgerald, writing hits for Streisand, and releasing albums of original songs, Callaway decided for her 16th album to fulfill a longtime dream-a recording of great songs from classic motion pictures.

"All my life I have been enchanted by the marriage of film and music, whether in movie musicals or in the artful use of song to further a story," said Callaway. "Work by some of the most brilliant songwriters of the 20th Century scored the most memorable moments and charming films from the Golden Age of Hollywood. They were celebrating the endurance of dreams and romance and offering hope during a time when the challenges of the Depression and World War II were dampening spirits. During this time of uncertainty, it seemed fitting to revisit this inspiring music."

Recorded with the same intimate group of superb musicians who have backed her during live performances of these songs at the fabled jazz club, Birdland, Jazz Goes to the Movies features pianist Ted Rosenthal, bassist Martin Wind, drummer Tim Horner, and saxophonist Jimmy Greene. They provide the perfect complement to Callaway's renditions of such songs as "As Time Goes By" from Casablanca, "The Way You Look Tonight" from Swing Time, "'Swonderful" from An American in Paris (and, originally, Funny Face), and "Blue Skies" from The Jazz Singer.

Aside from the inspiration of the songs themselves, Callaway had a more personal motivation in recording them.

"During the creation of this project, I was doing many of the arrangements at the hospital by the side of my mother, Shirley, who was in her last days, battling pancreatic cancer," Callaway confides. "Since she was the reason I sing and had unerring good taste in music, I'd sing my arrangement ideas to her and she'd nod her head in approval or shake her head, as if to say, 'Try again.' It made letting her go sweet and a bit poetic since music had always been our great bond."

Ann Hampton Callaway was born in Chicago. Her father was a journalist and her mother was a singer, pianist, and vocal coach. Her sister, Liz Callaway, is a singer and actress on Broadway. Callaway is a born entertainer who has made her mark as a singer, pianist, composer, lyricist, arranger, actress, educator, TV host, and producer.

In high school, she performed in musicals and after graduation studied acting at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champagne before moving to New York City to pursue her dreams. In New York she appeared in clubs as a cabaret singer, forging her signature blend of jazz and pop by performing classic material from the Great American Songbook. While contributing to an album of Cole Porter songs she was invited by the Porter estate to compose music for the songwriting legend's unfinished piece, "I Gaze in Your Eyes," which was included on her debut album in 1992.

This was the start of a multi-faceted career that has catapulted her to the first rank of interpreters of popular song in America. Aside from recording 16 albums, including critically-acclaimed tributes to Sarah Vaughan, and Ella Fitzgerald, she has written songs with Carole King, Rolf Lovland, and Barbara Carroll. She has written songs recorded or performed by Barbra Streisand (including "At the Same Time" on Streisand's platinum-selling Higher Ground), Barbara Carroll, Blossom Dearie, Carole King, Patti LuPone, and more. She has performed with top orchestras and big bands in major concert halls in more than 30 countries, collaborating with the likes of Wynton Marsalis and the Lincoln Center Jazz Orchestra, The Boston Pops, and more, and has sung for President Bill Clinton in Washington, D.C. and at Mikhail Gorbachev's Youth Peace Summit.

Callaway's performances are marked by warmth, spontaneous wit, and passionate delivery of standards, jazz classics, and originals. As one of America's most gifted improvisers, she frequently takes words and phrases from her audiences and creates songs live on the spot.

Her dream of working in film, TV, and radio has been realized in several recent projects. She made her feature film debut opposite Angelina Jolie and Matt Damon in the Robert De Niro film The Good Shepherd, performing the standard "Come Rain or Come Shine." She recorded "Isn't It Romantic?" and "The Nearness of You" in Wane Wong's Last Holiday, starring Queen Latifah. She recently wrote songs for the upcoming film State of Affairs. She also produced and directed the TV special Singers Spotlight with Ann Hampton Callaway as part of her mission to conserve the tradition of Great American Song. All of which makes her new Jazz Goes to the Movies album a natural progression.

Track Listing

  1. 'S Wonderful
  2. Let's Face the Music and Dance
  3. Blue Skies
  4. The Folks Who Live on the Hill
  5. As Time Goes By
  6. The Way You Look Tonight
  7. This Time the Dream's on Me
  8. The Nearness of You
  9. How Little We Know
  10. This Can't Be Love
  11. Just One of those Things
  12. Taking a Chance on Love
  13. Long Ago and Far Away
  14. From this Moment On

Upcoming Tour Dates

  • 9/19, 21 & 22/2018: New York, NY: 54 Below
  • 9/26 & 9/27/2018: St. Louis, MO: Jazz at the Bistro
  • 9/28/2018: Des Moines, IA: Hoyt Sherman Place
  • 10/6/2018: Philadelphia, PA: Chris' Jazz Café
  • 10/7/2018: Hackettstown, NJ: Rutherford Hall
  • 10/18-10/20/2018: Urbana, IL: Krannert Center
  • 10/26/18: New York, NY: 54 Below
  • 11/2-3/2018: Buffalo, NY: Kleinhans Music Hall (with the Buffalo Symphony)
  • 11/9/2018: Miami, FL: Arsht Center
  • 11/16/2018: Mamaroneck, NY: Emelin Theatre
  • 11/18/2018: Hutchinson, KS: Memorial Hall
  • 11/30/2018: Three Oaks, MI: Acorn Theatre
  • 12/2/2018: St. Charles, IL: Arcada Theatre
  • 12/16/2018: Roslyn , NY: My Father's Place
  • 12/31/2018: Des Moines, IA: Des Moines Civic Center
  • 1/8-12/2019: Naples, FL: Artis-Naples (with the Naples Philharmonic)
  • 1/13/2019: Tuscon, AZ: The Fox Theater
  • 1/19/2019: Palm Springs, CA: Annenberg Theatre
  • 1/22-26/2019: New York, NY: Birdland
  • 2/27/2019: Chicago, IL: City Winery
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