Internationally renowned singer to perform Great American Songbook
Arguably the most accomplished artist to step foot in Vail this summer, Ann Hampton Callaway calls herself an “American Diva,” but the rest of the world recognizes her as one of the Great American Songbook’s most striking luminaries.

“The word ‘diva’ has always been funny to me. I mean it tongue in cheek when I call myself that,” Callaway says. “It allows me to have a larger-than-life persona so I have more possibilities of reaching my audiences. I can have fun with them and sort of be a character.”

Hypnotizing audiences with her rich vocal delivery of the classics, Callaway also happens to be a Tony Award-winning Broadway star, pianist, producer and songwriter, having composed hundreds of songs for everyone from Barbara Streisand to the hit TV series “The Nanny.”

In the Vail area, Callaway most recently leaps to memory for her stage-rattling tribute to Ella Fitzgerald at the Vilar Performing Arts Center in winter 2012.

This Thursday she is back in town, performing The Great American Songbook from 6 to 8 p.m. for Jazz @ Vail Square.

“This show will be really memorable,” says Robin Litt, director of the Vail Jazz Foundation, which produces the Jazz @ Vail Square series every Thursday as part of the 19th Annual Vail Jazz Festival. “It will include a fantastic, Colorado-based trio. Ann is truly pre-eminent. She is an international star who’s been on Broadway and performed to adoring fans. To have her perform The American Songbook here in Vail – classic jazz that we all know – it’s going to be amazing.”

While Callaway’s grasp of the Songbook’s intricacies is well-established and her delivery passionate and deeply familiar, her live performance has often been recognized for its spontaneity. The New York City-based performer is famous for improvising songs on the spot, based on audience reactions and comments.

In the midst of its strongest season to date, the Vail Jazz Festival brings a variety of internationally acclaimed musicians to the jazz tent every Thursday for the Jazz @ Vail Square series as well as free live jazz at the Vail Farmers Market and Art Show and Kelly Liken Restaurant every Sunday. The summer-long festival culminates with the Labor Day Vail Jazz Party, a five-day celebration of live jazz music from Aug. 29 to Sept 2. For more information, visit vailjazz.org.


What: Jazz @ Vail Square with Ann Hampton Callaway

When: 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday, July 18

Where: The all-weather jazz tent in Vail Square, Lionshead

Tickets: Tickets are $20 in advance or $25 day of show for preferred seating and general admission is FREE on a first-come basis. Vailjazz.org. 888-VAIL-JAM


Shauna Farnell
Vail Jazz Festival
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