Ann Hampton Callaway Will Celebrate Jazz Legend on Upcoming Solo CD

By Andrew Gans
08 Jul 2014

Ann Hampton Callaway
Ann Hampton Callaway

Tony-nominated singing actress Ann Hampton Callaway pays tribute to the late jazz singer Sarah Vaughan on her latest solo recording, which is due in September.

Entitled "From Sassy to Divine: The Sarah Vaughan Project," which was recorded live at Jazz at Lincoln Center’s Dizzy’s Club Coca-Cola, the CD will be released Sept. 16 by Shanachie Entertainment.

In a statement Callaway said, "Over the years, I have been creating a legacy series about artists who have inspired me and Sarah is a critical missing piece that I’ve wanted to explore. Applying my imagination to her body of work has been challenging and enriching- it’s given me a chance to dig more deeply into the jazz part of my artistry, which she helped to spark when I was a little girl."

Callaway is backed by pianist Ted Rosenthal, bassist Dean Johnson, drummer Tim Horner, saxophonist and flutist Dick Oatts and trumpeter and flugelhornist Randy Sandke. Grammy Award-winning engineer Todd Whitelock mixed the album.

Song titles include “Send in the Clowns,” “A Night in Tunisia/Interlude,” “Chelsea Bridge,” “Mean to Me," and “Poor Butterfly,” among others.

Ann Hampton Callaway has written over 250 songs, including the theme to the hit TV series "The Nanny," and multi-platinum hits for seven of Barbra Streisand's recent CDs. Callaway's starring role in the jazz Broadway musical Swing! earned her a Tony nomination and a Theater World Award.