"Anna Callahan is an amazing, multi-talented performer
- destined, I'm sure, for increasing recognition and fame. In a word,
"I can't get enough of this wonderful talent. I've had
a lot of fun introducing her as a vocalist but waiting until the track
plays out to identify her also as the superb trumpet and flugelhorn
artist. It's not possible here to go over this CD [My Ideal]
track by track so just let me say that she's got the sound and interpretations
that meet all of my listening criteria."
"To a jazz writer (or any jazz fan) there is little
as exciting as discovering fresh unheralded talent. Which brings me
to a favorite hyphenate, singer-trumpeter-composer-arranger Anna Callahan.
Her debut CD, My Ideal, is not just good, it is surprisingly
"The gal is more than 'just' fine. Lots to hear, here.
An 'ear arresting' experience. GREAT play for my show."
“Anna’s silky voice is intertwined in the swinging quartet
of Barry Zweig (g), Karen Hammack (p), Rick Shaw (b) and Jamey Tate
(d). The surprise is when she adds the same smooth character to melodies
on trumpet and flugelhorn. The program includes newly arranged classics
like Jobim’s ‘Triste’ along with some of Anna’s own, notably ‘When Snow
Falls’ and ‘I Knew’ with a cool scat. It’s a pleasant combination with
"I have produced, arranged and recorded with many great
female jazz singers: Ella Fitzgerald, Anita O'Day, Carmen MacRae, and
Nancy Wilson, among others. "But never have I encountered a female jazz
singer who had the attributes that Anna Callahan has: She's Ella and
Diana Krall rolled into one young, tall and extremely beautiful lady!
And like Chet Baker she plays a great horn: trumpet and flugelhorn.
"Like the current careers of Jane Monheit and Diana Krall, Anna Callahan
will now make that 'duet' of female stars a 'trio'! When you see Anna
perform you will understand my excitement over her."
"Anna Callahan is a bright innovator, willing to
be on the evolving edge of the mainstream as an arranger and performer,
sometimes presenting favorite standards in a new light. Isn’t
that what jazz is about?”
"Anna's got it all! She sings with great intonation,
crisp rhythmic phrases, and a clearly musical conception. Her original
songs sound like standards that you've somehow never heard before, but
want to hear again and again. And she plays some nice trumpet too! Check
“Anna Callahan sings and plays the trumpet in a
program of seasoned delights [It's Just the Rain] that includes
“I’m Old Fashioined,” “I’ve Heard that
Song Before,” “I Fall in Love too Easily,” and her
own “It’s Just the Rain.” Her girl-next-door voice
brings an intimacy to the performance that appeals to a broad audience.
As she opens “You’d Be So Nice to Come Home To” with
walking bass and shimmering cymbal, she provides a clear example of
the flexible vocal range that makes her voice so remarkable. Clear and
expressive, she gives the piece a convincing interpretation. Elsewhere,
she gives ample evidence of a stellar jazz singer who shows great promise
for leadership in her field.”
"Anna's voice is so warm and sincere, I love hearing her
sing. Also, the influences of her background as a jazz trumpet player
and arranger are very apparent in her voice; she is a cut above so many
other local jazz singers. It's rare to find her unique combination of
"It always fascinates me when someone who is born with
immense talent actually develops that talent into immense skill. Anna
is one of those rare people. First you hear her trumpet playing with
exquisite tone. Then you hear her silky voice. Then she scats. And at
the end of it all you realize she wrote the tune. Amazing! She combines
original tunes, standards, and great musicians to create a live performance
that's even better than the CD."
"Anna sits right in the pocket of her music, both vocally
and on the trumpet-a combination that's simultaneously slam-dunk and
"I can't describe how impressed I am with Anna's honest
talent-she is music. Her arrangements are superb, and she always knows
what's happening and goes with it. She is sure to quickly become recognized
as one of the great jazz singers."
"When Anna sings her warm and lively spirit sings with
her. It is not only voice, it is pure energy and passion. And nobody
in the audience remains untouched."