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Ann Hampton Callaway, "Jazz Goes to the Movies"
Feinstein’s / 54 Below
254 West 54th St
Through Saturday June 2
This latest offering by the dynamic entertainer Ann Hampton Callaway is themed to her current album, the excellent Jazz Goes to the Movies, but there's a key difference. When most of us older fans first fell in love with Ms. Callaway, in the 1980s and 90s, she was essentially a pianist-singer, but as she's grown in popularity she's learned, like her contempoary Michael Feinstein and the legendary Nat King Cole, that one of the keys to reaching a wider audience is to stand up and face the crowd - and let someone else play piano. In this, she's been an indisputed success (especially with, most often, the formidable Ted Rosenthal on keyboard) but a lot of her longtime audience still prefers the more intimate nights of her earlier period; I personally think she's never better than when playing for herself. It's probably a less extroverted AHC that we'll see this weak at Feinstein's, less of a flamboyant diva, but I for one am looking forward to seeing and hearing her getting back to basics, especially on her Peggy Lee-influenced "Folks Who Live on the Hill."
Author: Will Friedwald
Will Friedwald writes about music and popular culture for THE WALL STREET JOURNAL, VANITY FAIR and PLAYBOY magazine and reviews current shows for THE CITIVIEW NEW YORK. He also is the author of nine books, including the award-winning A BIOGRAPHICAL GUIDE TO THE GREAT JAZZ AND POP SINGERS, SINATRA: THE SONG IS YOU, STARDUST MELODIES, TONY BENNETT: THE GOOD LIFE, LOONEY TUNES & MERRIE MELODIES, and JAZZ SINGING. He has written over 600 liner notes for compact discs, received ten Grammy nominations, and appears frequently on television and other documentaries. He is also a consultant and curator for Apple Music.
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