Ann Hampton Callaway Sings the Sarah Vaughan Project.

Jazz Singer and Broadway veteran, Ann Hampton Callaway, channels the great Sarah Vaughan as no other living vocalist can.

Irvine Barclay Theatre
4242 Campus Drive, Irvine CA | 949.854.4646


Ann Hampton Callaway - From Sassy to Divine: The Sarah Vaughan Project
Thursday, September 29, 2016 @ 8PM
Tickets: $100;$55;$45;$38

Ann Hampton Callaway's loving tribute to the great Sarah Vaughan channels the spirit of The Divine One as no other living vocalist can.

The concert includes Ann's inspired interpretation of Sarah Vaughan's signature songs, the Erroll Garner classic, Misty and Stephen Sondheim's classic Send In The Clowns and many other favorites long associated with Sarah such as the brilliant Someone To Watch Over Me, A Night In Tunisia, Poor Butterfly and much more!

Ann Hampton Callaway is one of the leading champions of the Great American Songbook, having made her mark as a singer, pianist, composer, lyricist, actress, TV host and producer. A born entertainer, her unique singing style blends jazz and traditional pop, making her a mainstay in concert halls, theaters and jazz clubs as well as in the recording studio, on television, and in film.


She is best known for the Tony-nominated performance in the hit Broadway musical, Swing!, and for writing and singing the theme song to the hit TV series, The Nanny. Callaway is a Platinum Award-winning writer whose songs are featured on seven of Barbra Streisand's recent CD's. The only composer to have collaborated with Cole Porter, she has also written songs with Carole King, Rolf Løvland and Barbara Carroll, to name a few.


In June, Ann Hampton Callaway was part of a charitable initiative, Broadway for Orlando − an all-star roster of theater artists recorded the new benefit single "What the World Needs Now is Love." Created to honor the victims and those wounded in the Orlando shooting massacre at Pulse nightclub and aid the surrounding community, 100% of the proceeds from the sale of the Burt Bacharach and Hal David song will benefit the GLBT Community Center of Central Florida.  The single, recorded at Avatar Studios in New York, debuted as number one on iTunes on June 22.

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"Every night Ann Hampton Callaway's performance of Sarah Vaughan's classic songs brought the sold out crowds at Dizzy's to their feet. Her dynamic, powerful and nuanced voice is matched with a clear devotion to Sarah's music to create a memorable evening of delight. When Ms. Callaway takes the stage, excitement enters the room."  Wynton Marsalis


“For sheer vocal beauty, no contemporary singer matches Ms. Callaway.”  The New York Times.

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Callaway's live performances showcase her warmth, spontaneous wit and passionate delivery of standards, jazz classics and originals. She is one of America's most gifted improvisers, taking words and phrases from her audiences and creating songs on the spot, whether alone at a piano or with a symphony orchestra. Ann has been a special guest performer with Wynton Marsalis and the Lincoln Center Jazz Orchestra, with Keith Lockhart and the Boston Pops at Symphony Hall and Tanglewood and is featured in many Carnegie Hall tributes. She has sung with more than 30 of the world's top orchestras and big bands, and has performed for President Clinton in Washington, D.C. and at President Gorbachev's Youth Peace Summit in Moscow. Callaway performed with her sister, Broadway star Liz Callaway, in their award-winning show, Sibling Revelry, at London's Donmar Warehouse. Their act Boom!, a critically acclaimed celebration of the baby-boomer hits of the 60's and 70's, was recorded on PS Classics, which debuted in the top 25 on Billboard Jazz. Ann was featured in the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade telecast watched by 6 million people, singing the Emmy Award-winning song "Yes, Virginia." She took the symphony world by storm with her show, The Streisand Songbook, which she premiered with the Boston Pops and continues to tour with top orchestras across the country. After performing the show at 54 Below, she garnered two awards and the 2013 MAC Award for Show of the Year.

Ann's latest recordings have garnered great critical acclaim: Ann Hampton Callaway – from Sassy to Devine: The Sarah Vaughan Project in 2014 and The Hope of Christmas in 2015. She is featured on her sister Liz Callaway's holiday EP Merry and Bright as well as on the CD Johnny Mandel: the Man and His Music (Arbors Records). Her other solo CD's, At Last, Blues in the Night, Slow and Signature, have received rave reviews as well. She has recorded popular holiday CD's − Holiday Pops! with Peter Nero and the Philly Pops, and her solo CD, This Christmas. Ann's other recordings include Easy Living, To Ella with Love, After Ours, Bring Back Romance, Ann Hampton Callaway, and the award-winning live recording, Sibling Revelry. Callaway has also been a guest performer on more than 40 CD's including Kenny Barron's CD, The Traveler.

Ann's dream of working in film, TV and radio has been realized in several 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 Wayne Wong's Last Holiday, starring Queen Latifah. Ann wrote songs for the upcoming movie musical State of Affairs, to be directed by Philip McKinley. And, as a part of her mission to keep the American Songbook thriving, she has produced and hosted two TV specials called Singer's Spotlight with Ann Hampton Callaway with guests Liza Minnelli and Christine Ebersole for WTTW National. This year, Ann launched
a new four-part radio series called This Is Cabaret. Ann celebrates intimate performances and emotionally engaging songs from jazz, the blues, Broadway and the Great American Songbook. Special guests perform and share personal insights with Ann, live from the stage of the legendary Birdland Jazz Club in the heart of New York City. Throughout the series, Ann holds court and engages some of the most interesting singers and songwriters, including Steve Tyrell, Christine Ebersole, Curtis Stigers, and Kurt Elling.

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 September 2005, Ann performed her original composition "Let the Saints Come Marching," written to honor Hurricane Katrina victims, on a national TV broadcast on the Fox News Channel. Her song "Who Can See the Blue the Same Again?" was released in 2005 as a single, paying tribute to the tsunami survivors and raising much needed money for The Tsunami Fund of The PRASAD Project. 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 Rigveda 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 was released on CD and DVD and its proceeds continue to benefit Save the Children and The PRASAD Project.

Ann's father was Chicago's legendary TV and radio journalist, John Callaway. Her mother, Shirley Callaway, a superb singer, pianist and one of New York's most in-demand vocal coaches, was recently featured at New York's Town Hall, singing with Ann and her sister, Liz.