On December 1st at 7 pm ANN HAMPTON CALLAWAY will perform selections from THE HOPE OF CHRISTMAS, a new collection of Christmas songs interpreted by the multiplatinum -selling singer, Tony nominated actress, pianist and leading champion of the American songbook, with lyrics by two-time Emmy® Award winner William Schermerhorn at Barnes & Noble located at 150 East 86th Street.  William Schermerhorn will join Ann Hampton Callaway in the discussion and Alex Rybeck will accompany at the piano.

Priority seating with purchase of the cd at the Barnes & Noble Upper East Side store.

The new holiday cd features twenty-nine of the world’s best jazz musicians, including Five Play, New York Voices, Hubert Laws, Claudio Roditi, Gerald Albright, The Ted Rosenthal Trio and more. The recording will be released on Friday, October 9 by the MCG Jazz record label (Marty Ashby, producer).
Composers for the twelve songs on the recording are Ann Hampton Callaway; Milton Delugg (Orange Colored Sky, Just Another Polka); Mary Ehlinger; two-time Emmy® and five-time Grammy® Award-nominated entertainer Michael Feinstein; Stephen Fox; Emmy® & Tony® Award-nominated composer Matthew Sklar (Elf, The Wedding Singer); and Emmy® Award-winning composer Wesley Whatley (Yes, Virginia, There’s A Santa Claus).
Featured tracks include the title song The Hope of Christmas with music by Ann Hampton Callaway and lyrics by William Schermerhorn and performed by Ann Hampton Callaway and New York Voices.

All proceeds from the sale of this CD to go directly to support the MCG Jazz program and its mission to preserve, present and promote jazz. MCG Jazz,, is a social enterprise of Manchester Craftsmen’s Guild, a subsidiary of Manchester Bidwell Corporation, a non-profit arts and learning center.