Ann Hampton Callaway Celebrates Jazz Legend on New CD, Released Today | Playbill

News Ann Hampton Callaway Celebrates Jazz Legend on New CD, Released Today Tony-nominated singing actress Ann Hampton Callaway pays tribute to the late jazz singer Sarah Vaughan on her latest solo recording, which is released Sept. 16.

Ann Hampton Callaway
Ann Hampton Callaway

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 is now available from Shanachie Entertainment.

In a previous 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.

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