A Double Dose of the Callaways

November 11, 2011

Those amazing Callaway sisters will be in town this weekend.

Sunday, November 13, they’ll be performing an extended version of their concert Boom! at Strathmore at 7:30.

And on Monday, November 14, they’ll be presenting a master class for local singers at the Arts Club of Washington, Noon – 2:30.  Auditor slots still available.  More info.

Stephen Holden on the Callaway Sisters

June 7, 2010

The New York Times on cabaret’s favorite siblings: “Oddly enough, neither sister has been strongly associated with rock music, either hard or soft. Ann, a onetime piano-bar singer-songwriter has reinvented herself as a rangy jazz powerhouse. Liz, a sunny Broadway soprano, exudes the ingenuousness and pep of a singing Ellen DeGeneres with major pipes. Their sounds are so dissimilar that you have to strain to detect any vocal family resemblance.”

Ann Hampton Callaway at the Warner Theater

May 12, 2010

And speaking of Callaways, Ann Hampton Callaway will be appearing at the Warner Theater this weekend with the Ramsey Lewis trio. 


Ann Hampton Callaway

Ramsey Lewis TrioWhere

: Warner TheatreWhen:

Saturday, May 15, 2010 at 8p.m.Tickets at http://www.wpas.org or (202) 785-9727.



Playbill on Ann Hampton Callaway & Liz Callaway

April 30, 2010


Playbill online interviews Liz and Ann Hampton Callaway

Describe your sister’s singing voice. What makes her a great singer?
Ann: Liz’s voice is like the light just after the sun rises when everything is awash in gold and even New York City looks brand new. Liz is Liz when she sings — nothing gets in the way of her soul. She always knows how to stand in front of an audience and tell the truth with complete freedom. She has something rarely heard in music today — sweetness. Somehow she has retained that beautiful quality that so many lose from the hard knocks in life, so you feel safe and renewed by her spirit when you hear her sing.

Liz: Her voice is like a very expensive whiskey — full-bodied, smoky and rich. She sings with so much emotion, so much heart. She also has an incredible ear for harmony. When we experiment with songs, you should hear the harmonies she comes up with. I don’t know how she does it.

Stephen Holden on Too Marvelous for Words

November 23, 2009

“The singer Ann Hampton Callaway wasn’t always the pop-blues wailer who brought the house to its feet on Friday evening at Carnegie Hall, where the New York Pops orchestra celebrated the centennial of the songwriter Johnny Mercer. Her rendition of “Blues in the Night,” with a lusty full-bodied arrangement by Harold Wheeler, gave this lament by Mercer and Harold Arlen the kind of top-to-bottom vocal coverage that few singers have the technical resources to deliver.”

Sad Callaway News

June 25, 2009

John Callaway, father of cabaret stars Liz Callaway and Ann Hampton Callaway, died Tuesday.  Callaway was a Chicago press legend who also performed two autobiographical solo shows.

Stephen Holden on Ann Hampton Callaway

February 19, 2009

The NYTimes on the great AHC: “Ann Hampton Callaway’s self-reinvention from a lachrymose piano-bar chanteuse into a jazz swinger progressed a step further on Tuesday evening at Dizzy’s Club Coca Cola, where she added a new pose to her arsenal of attitudinal stances: pugilistic bossiness. “