Sunday, October 21, 2018

Ann Hampton Callaway with Urban Knights

Concert Series, Ordway Concert Hall

Ann Hampton Callaway

One of the greatest jazz voices of our time, Ann Hampton Callaway is best known for her 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 CDs. Ann’s father was Chicago’s legendary TV and radio journalist John Callaway. The repertoire for this performance includes Ramsey Lewis classics, and nods to other great jazz artists like Mel Torme, Nat King Cole, and Anita O’Day. You’ll hear interpretations of Broadway, New Orleans, Hollywood, and all four corners of the jazz world.


Urban Knights

Urban Knights, who have performed with Ramsey Lewis for the past ten years, are an all-star jazz, R&B, and funk band that consists of Chicago’s finest musicians—Freddie Hubbard, Jimmy Smith; Sonny Stitt, Stanley Turrentine, Joe Williams, Nancy Wilson, and Grammy-nominated guitarist Henry Johnson, who has toured the world with Hank Crawford. Drummer Charles Heath has played with Donald Byrd and McCoy Tyner. Bassist Joshua Ramos has played with Philip Bailey, Marquis Hill, and Willie Pickens, and Keyboardist Tim Gant has toured with George Howard, Art Porter, Will Downing, Rick Braun, and En Vogue.


Update for Ramsey Lewis ticket holders:

Jazz legend Ramsey Lewis has cancelled all of his upcoming performances, including the one scheduled for October 21 at the Ordway. Ann Hampton Callaway, who has performed with Lewis in recent years, will instead take his place on October 21 and will perform a tribute show with his longtime band, the Urban Knights. Through his manager, Lewis has offered his sincerest apologies. Visit for more information.

The Ordway will call ticketholders about Ms. Hampton Callaway’s appearance and will offer refunds to those who request them. Please contact the Ordway Ticket Office at 651.224.4222 with any questions.


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