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Jazz Singer Ann Hampton Callaway Talks Career, Influences

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Ann Hampton Callaway sings Sarah Vaughan

The musician Ann Hampton Callaway has done a little bit of everything.

She's won a Tony award for her acting for her work on the musical, Swing!.

She's written songs for Barbra Streisand – including the one Streisand to James Brolin at their wedding.

Now, she's touring the country with a tribute show to jazz musician Sarah Vaughan.

She'll be at the Smith Center this Saturday, performing two shows.

"Sarah Vaughan was one of the most extraordinary jazz singers of the 20th century," Callaway told KNPR's State of Nevada. "She was also a woman who sang pop and many types of music beautifully. Everything she did, she did with her unmistakable signature, gorgeous, voluptuous voice."

Callaway said she went to Vaughan's last show at the Blue Note in New York City and considered the singer to be her mentor, even if she didn't know it herself.

"If you're performing the music of a great artist, there are two things that are very important: you have to be comfortable to be who you are, and you have to make these songs fresh and your own, but you also have to do your homework and live up to the excellence and the storytelling of who this person is," Callaway said. "You can't slack off when you're paying tribute to such a great artist."

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Callaway, who also co-wrote and sang the theme song to the 1990s television show "The Nanny" with her sister Liz Calloway, has performed a similar tribute show for the works of Barbra Streisand

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