Reprising an artistically excellent and sold-out show in Crowder Hall this past spring, music director Jeffrey Haskell conducts the Tucson Jazz Collective, an all-star local big band, with the Tucson Jazz Festival Orchestra and vocalists including Ann Hampton Callaway, Katherine Byrnes and Joe Bourne, pianist Angelo Versace and guest trumpeter Terell Stafford on the orchestrations that the great Nelson Riddle created for Ella Fitzgerald (Ella Swings Brightly), Nat King Cole (Mona Lisa), Frank Sinatra (Witchcraft) and Linda Ronstadt (What’s New?). Jeff spent a total of six years as principal conductor for Linda Ronstadt who had done three albums of Riddle arrangements. Fabulous Riddle settings of songs like “Night and Day,” “Lush Life” and “I’ve Got You Under My Skin” will be unearthed from the Riddle Collection at the University of Arizona Fred Fox School of Music and presented onstage at the historic Fox Theatre for an unforgettable performance.
ANN HAMPTON CALLAWAY is one of the leading champions of the great American Songbook, having made her mark as a singer, pianist, composer, lyricist, arranger, actress, educator, TV host and producer. Voted recently by Broadwayworld.com as “Performer of the Year” Ann is a born entertainer. Her unique singing style blends jazz and traditional pop, making her a mainstay in concert halls, theaters and jazz clubs as well as in the recording studio, on television, and in film. She is best known for 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 CD’s. The only composer to have collaborated with Cole Porter, she has also written songs with Carole King, Rolf Lovland and Barbara Carroll to name a few.