Experience, combined with artistic essentials including gorgeous tone and infectious rhythmic momentum, are what distinguish a vocal wannabe from a heavyweight. Ann Hampton Callaway has applied herself to the craft of singing jazz and popular standards for some two decades now –- she’s as polished a vocalist as the music is going to find. While still in the bloom of her voice, Callaway also brings a seasoned expressive approach to a song that sets her apart from the up-and-comers crowding the vocal market, singers whose youth often betrays them. On Blues in the Night Callaway surrounds herself with first-class players who reflect her own musicianly skills, among them pianist Ted Rosenthal, bassist Christian McBride, and drummers Lewis Nash and Sherrie Maricle. If this exemplary stylist in her element caressing Great American Songbook masterworks (“Willow Weep for Me,” “Blues in the Night,” “Blue Moon”) she’s equally adept at delivering her own in-the-tradition songs, which capture her sharp sense of humor (”The I'm-Too-White-to-Sing-the-Blues Blues,“ “Hip to Be Happy”). On a roll when it comes to recent recordings, Blues in the Night continues this marvelous singer’s winning streak.