Diva to Diva: From Ella and Beyond
Naples Philharmonic Pops
Jack Everly, principal pops conductor
Ann Hampton Callaway, vocalist
Programming to be announced
Jazz star and Great American Songbook interpreter Ann Hampton Callaway joins the Naples Philharmonic for an evening of fabulous music!
Saturday night's performance is generously sponsored by Martin and Barbara Czachor. The Naples Philharmonic Pops series is generously endowed by Mike and Anne Armstrong. Jack Everly’s appearance as Principal Pops Conductor has been generously endowed by the John W. and Jeanne M. Rowe Foundation.
Ann Hampton Callaway
Ann Hampton Callaway
Ann Hampton Callaway is one of the leading champions of the Great American Songbook, having made her mark as a singer, pianist, composer, lyricist, arranger, actress, educator, 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 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 Lovland and Barbara Carroll.
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 at many of the Carnegie Hall tributes. She has sung with more than thirty 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 newest 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 Day Thanksgiving Parade telecast watched by 6 million people singing Emmy Award winning song "Yes, Virginia." Recently Ann debuted her latest symphony show The Streisand Songbook with The Boston Pops and continues to tour the show with top orchestras across the country into 2015. Said Randall Fleischer after conducting the show with The San Francisco Symphony, "Ann's tribute to Streisand is a glorious evening of great songs, brilliantly orchestrated and sung magnificently." After performing the show at 54 Below, she garnered two Broadwayworld.com Awards and the 2013 MAC Award for Show of the Year.
Ann's new recording The Sarah Vaughan Project: Live at Dizzy's will be released on September 16th. She is featured on her sister Liz Callaway's holiday EP Merry and Bright as well as Arbor's Records CD Johnny Mandel: The Man and His Music. Her recent solo CD's At Last, Blues in the Night, Slow and Signature have received high critical acclaim. She has recorded two 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 forty-five CD's including Kenny Barron's CD The Traveler.
Ann's dream of working in film, TV and radio has been realized in several recent 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 recently 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 aTV special called Singer's Spotlight with Ann Hampton Callaway with guests Liza Minnelli and Christine Ebersole for WTTW National.
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 earlier 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 Rig Veda 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.
Ann resides in New York. She lives by the creed best expressed in the Andre Gide quote: "Art is the collaboration between God and the artist and the less the artist does, the better."
Jack Everly is the Principal Pops Conductor of the Naples Philharmonic Orchestra, the Indianapolis and Baltimore Symphony Orchestras and the National Arts Centre Orchestra (Ottawa). He has conducted the Los Angeles Philharmonic at the Hollywood Bowl, The New York Pops at Carnegie Hall, the San Francisco Symphony and numerous appearances with The Cleveland Orchestra at Blossom Music Center. Jack will conduct over 90 performances in more than 22 North American cities this season.
As Music Director of the National Memorial Day Concert and A Capitol Fourth on PBS, Jack proudly leads the National Symphony Orchestra in these patriotic celebrations on the National Mall, attracting hundreds of thousands of attendees on the lawn and reaching millions of viewers annually.
Originally appointed by Mikhail Baryshnikov, Jack was conductor of the American Ballet Theatre for 14 years, where he served as Music Director. In addition to his ABT tenure, he teamed with Marvin Hamlisch on Broadway shows that Hamlisch scored. He conducted Carol Channing hundreds of times in two separate Broadway productions of Hello, Dolly!.
A graduate of the Jacobs School of Music at Indiana University, Jack is a recipient of the 2015 Indiana Historical Society Living Legends Award and holds an Honorary Doctor of Arts degree from Franklin College in his home state of Indiana. He is a proud resident of the Indianapolis community and when not on the podium you can find him at home with his family — which includes Max the wonder dog.