Daughter of veteran Chicago broadcaster and journalist John Callaway, Ann Hampton Callaway has come a long way since she used to sing in clubs here and a rare opportunity to hear her back home is always a treat. Though Callaway shot to fame in the starring role of the Broadway musical “Swing!” and her best-known song is the title theme that she wrote and sang for the sitcom “The Nanny,” she is most at home traversing the great American songbook, which is what she does on her new CD “Blues in the Night” (Telarc) with the swinging Big Band accompaniment of the all-female Jazz Diva Orchestra in some killer arrangements by longtime “Tonight Show” arranger Tommy Newsome, Matt Gatingub, Bill Mays and Callaway herself. This concert performance will spotlight that repertoire but will also include Callaway originals and, of course, her remarkable vocal instrument, one of the most powerful when the stops are let out yet delicately caressing when the mood and lyrics call for tenderness. (Dennis Polkow)
September 30 at Unity Temple, 875 Lake St, Oak Park, (708)445-8955. 7:30pm. $12-$25.