|Ann Hampton Callaway & The Diva Jazz Orchestra
ANN HAMPTON CALLAWAY is one of the finest singer/songwriters of our generation. The statuesque performer dazzles music lovers as a singer, pianist, composer, lyricist, arranger, actress, and educator. Her talents have made her equally at home in jazz and pop as well as on stage, in the recording studio, on TV and in film. She is best known for starring in the hit Broadway musical "SWING!" and for writing and singing the theme to the internationally successful TV series, "THE NANNY". Ann is a devoted keeper-of-the-flame of the great American songbook. She brings fresh and original interpretations to these timeless classics and works to uphold the canon by writing songs with Cole Porter, Carole King, Barbara Carroll and others. Her spontaneity, intelligence, and soulful charisma have won her a diverse fan-base including notables as Barbra Streisand, Clive Davis, Carly Simon and Wynton Marsalis.
Ann Hampton Callaway, vocals
THE DIVA JAZZ ORCHESTRA:
Sherrie Maricle, leader/drums
Kristy Norter, alto sax
Erica Von Kleist, alto sax
Anat Cohen, tenor sax
Scheila Gonzalez, tenor sax
Lisa Parrott, baritone sax
Tanya Darby, trumpet
Jami Dauber, trumpet
Alicia Rau, trumpet
Nadje Noordhuis, trumpet
Deborah Weisz, trombone
Lisa Albrecht, trombone
Leslie Havens, trombone
Cathy Harley, piano
Noriko Ueda, bass
The New York Times writes, “For sheer vocal beauty, no contemporary singer matches Ms. Callaway.” Ann attributes her voice and love of music to her mother,
After a music teacher discovered her unusually mature soprano voice, Ann was encouraged to study classically, honing the pitch-perfect control and expressive three octave range she is known for. While her voice teachers suggested she could
have a career in opera, Ann eventually realized that she would be happier singing the music she most loved. Inspired by Ella Fitzgerald, Sarah Vaughan, Frank Sinatra, Judy Garland, Joni Mitchell and Stevie Wonder, she was fascinated by the
challenge of drawing these threads together into her own original singing style.
Ann has become a favorite in the jazz and pops concert circuit, appearing as special guest artist with Wynton Marsalis and the Lincoln Center Jazz Orchestra and with Keith Lockhart and the Boston Pops at Symphony Hall and Tanglewood.
She has sung with over twenty five of the nation’s top orchestras and big bands.
Ann recently signed with Telarc Records and is preparing to record her first CD for them due in May of 2006. Ann's last CD, SLOW, (Shanachie Entertainment), garnered high critical acclaim and is her most emotionally revealing and pop inspired album to date. Ann has also been a guest artist on over forty CDs.
She has composed over 250 songs for television, Broadway, off-Broadway and several of today's leading interpreters of songs. Her music and lyrics have been performed and recorded by Barbra Streisand, Liza Minnelli, Patti Lupone, Michael Feinstein, Blossom Dearie, Peter Nero, Karrin Allyson, Donna McKechnie, Harvey Fierstein, Lillias White, Barbara Carroll, Amanda McBroom, Liz Callaway and Carole King herself.
Another milestone was composing "At the Same Time" for Barbra Streisand and having Ms. Streisand record the peace anthem ten years to the date she wrote it. That recording, HIGHER GROUND, debuted nationally at #1.
Ann’s dream of working in film is being realized in several recent projects. She can be seen making her feature film debut opposite Angelina Jolie and Matt Damon in the new Robert DeNiro film “THE GOOD SHEPHERD”, performing the standard "Come Rain or Come Shine". She recorded "Isn't It Romantic?" and "The Nearness of You" in Wayne Wong’s “LAST HOLIDAY”, starring Queen Latifah. Both films will be released internationally in 2006. In 2004. Henson Productions, directed by Tamela D’Amico. Ann is currently writing songs for the upcoming movie musical “STATE OF AFFAIRS”, directed by Philip McKinley.
She has garnered an unsurpassed fourteen awards from The Manhattan Association of Cabarets and Clubs, two Backstage Bistro Awards, The 2005 Nightlife Award, The Johnny Mercer Songwriter Award and The Norman Vincent Peale Award For Positive Thinking. Ann devotes much of her time to philanthropic causes, both as a singer performing in numerous benefits, and as a songwriter composing songs in times of need.
In the aftermath of September 11th, Ann composed the stirring anthem, “I Believe in America”, which she performed on Larry King Live and released as a CD single. Just days after the tragedy, Ann heard an 8,000 year old prayer from the Rig Veda and composed the world renowned “Let Us Be United”. Ann recorded the song with Kenny Werner, The Siddha Yoga International Choir and five-year-old Sonali Beaven, who sang in honor of her father who lost his life on Flight 93. It wa released on CD and DVD and its proceeds continue to benefit Save the Children and The PRASAD Project.
Ann resides in New York. She lives by the creed best expressed in the Andre Gide quote: “Art is the collaboration between God and the artist and the less the artist
does, the better.”