March 19, 2007

Vocalist Ann Hampton Callaway

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LEWISBURG, Pa. — "An Intimate Evening with Ann Hampton Callaway," the well-known pop-jazz vocalist, will be presented Wednesday, March 28, at 8 p.m. in the Rooke Recital Hall of the Weis Music Building at Bucknell University.

This last performance on the spring 2007 Janet Weis Cabaret Jazz Series is free to the public, but seating is limited to the capacity of the hall. The Janet Weis Cabaret Jazz Series is made possible by funding from the Weis family with additional support from the Degenstein Foundation.

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

Best known for starring in the hit Broadway musical "Swing!" and for writing and singing the theme song to the internationally popular TV show, "The Nanny," Callaway recently was featured in the movie The Good Shepherd singing "Come Rain or Come Shine."

Her honors include a Tony Award nomination for Best Actress in a Musical for her work in "Swing!" and the Theatre World Award for Outstanding Broadway Debut.

After two years in college as an acting major, Callaway moved to New York, eventually becoming known as 'the singer who stills the room.' Although she more frequently now performs with jazz ensembles and orchestras, her piano playing remains part of her performances, and at this concert she plays and sings alone in the intimate and beautiful recital hall.

Callaway is the only composer officially recognized to have collaborated with Cole Porter, having set her music to his posthumously discovered lyric, "I Gaze in Your Eyes." She has been seen on numerous TV shows and starred in "Midnight Swing" for the PBS special Live from Lincoln Center.

She has appeared with Wynton Marsalis and the Lincoln Center Jazz Orchestra and was the invited guest performer for President Gorbachev's Youth Peace Summit in Moscow. Her most recent CD release in "blues in the night" recorded with Sherrie Maricle and the Diva Jazz Orchestra.

Callaway devotes much of her time to philanthropic causes, both as a singer performing in numerous benefits and as a songwriter composing songs in time of need. In September 2005 she performed her original composition, "Let the Saints Come Marching In," written to honor Hurricane Katrina victims, on a national TV broadcast. Her song, "Who Can See the Blue the Same Again?" was released earlier in 2005 as a single, paying tribute to the tsunami survivors.

She also composed two songs "I Believe in America" and "Let Us Be United" after the September 11 terrorist attacks. Proceeds from the latter continue to benefit Save the Children and The PRASAD Project.

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Posted March 19, 2007