Ann Hampton Callaway performed selections from THE HOPE OF CHRISTMAS, a new CD, accompanied by Alex Rybeck, a 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 on December 1st at Barnes & Noble located at 150 East 86th Street. A discussion followed with Bill Schermerhorn and Ann Hampton Callaway.




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.

Photos: Maryann Lopinto