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Ann Hampton Callaway

Ann Hampton Callaway

After Ours, on Denon, is vocalist Ann Hampton Callaway’s first jazz recording. I suspect that if Miles heard her extraordinary version of “All Blues,” he’d probably smile and ask, “Why did you wait so long?” A Chicago native, she came to New York and started singing in cabarets because “there are so few clubs for singers to cut their teeth. But now I’m finally coming home to the music that’s really closest to me.”

En route to jazz, she became one of New York’s finest singer/songwriters, with 9 MAC (Manhattan Association of Cabaret Artists) awards and the theme to the TV show The Nanny to her credit. Not surprisingly, she has chosen her collaborators wisely, with Kenny Barron and Jay Leonhart at the core of this intimate session.

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