|Birth name||Andrew W. Bey|
|Born||October 28, 1939|
Newark, New Jersey, United States
|Labels||Prestige, Atlantic, Columbia, Evidence, Savoy Jazz, HighNote|
|Associated acts||Louis Jordan, Salome Bey|
He worked on the 1959/1960 television show Startime with Connie Francis, and sang for Louis Jordan. At age 17, he formed a trio with his siblings Salome Bey and Geraldine Bey (de Haas) called Andy and the Bey Sisters. The trio went on a 16-month tour of Europe. The jazz trumpeter Chet Baker 1988 documentary Let's Get Lost includes footage of Bey and his sisters delighting a Parisian audience. The trio recorded three albums (one for RCA Victor in 1961 and two for Prestige in 1964 and 1965) before breaking up in 1967. Bey also worked with Horace Silver and Gary Bartz.
In 1973, Bey and Dee Dee Bridgewater were the featured vocalists on Stanley Clarke's album Children of Forever. Later, Bey recorded the album Experience and Judgment (1974), which was influenced by Indian music. He then returned to hard bop, and recorded covers of music by non-jazz musicians, such as Nick Drake.
In 1976, Bey performed in a theatre production of Adrienne Kennedy's A Rat's Mass directed by Cecil Taylor at La MaMa Experimental Theatre Club in the East Village of Manhattan. Musicians Rashid Bakr, Jimmy Lyons, Karen Borca, David S. Ware, and Raphe Malik also performed in the production. Taylor's production combined the original script with a chorus of orchestrated voices used as instruments.
Bey's other albums include Ballads, Blues & Bey (1996), Tuesdays in Chinatown (2001), American Song (2004) and Ain't Necessarily So (2007). He received the "2003 Jazz Vocalist of the Year" award by the Jazz Journalists Association. His album American Song received a Grammy nomination for Best Jazz Vocal Album in 2005.
Bey is openly gay. In 1994, he was diagnosed as HIV-positive, but has continued his career, maintaining a lifestyle that includes yoga and a vegetarian diet. Producer Herb Jordan supported Bey in the resurgence of his recording career, and their 1996 recording Ballads, Blues & Bey returned Bey to prominence.
Awards and recognition
- 2003: Jazz Vocalist of the Year, Jazz Journalists Association
- 2005: Grammy nomination, Best Jazz Vocal Album for American Song
- 2014: NPR Music Jazz Critics Poll, Best Vocal Album for Pages from an Imaginary Life
- Solo albums
- 1974: Experience and Judgment (Atlantic Records)
- 1991: As Time Goes By (live; Jazzette)
- 1996: Ballads, Blues & Bey (Evidence Music)
- 1998: Shades of Bey (Evidence Music)
- 2001: Tuesdays in Chinatown (N-Coded Music)
- 2003: Chillin' with Andy Bey (Minor Music)
- 2004: American Song (Savoy Jazz)
- 2007: Ain't Necessarily So (12th Street)
- 2013: The World According to Andy Bey (HighNote Records)
- 2014: Pages from an Imaginary Life (HighNote Records)
- With Andy and the Bey Sisters
- 1961: Andy and the Bey Sisters (RCA Victor )
- 1964: Now! Hear! (Prestige Records) with Jerome Richardson, Kenny Burrell
- 1965: 'Round Midnight (Prestige Records) with Kenny Burrell, Milt Hinton, Osie Johnson
- With Gary Bartz NTU Troop
- 1971: Harlem Bush Music - Taifa (Milestone Records)
- 1971: Harlem Bush Music - Uhuru (Milestone Records)
- 1972: Juju Street Songs (Prestige Records)
- 1973: Follow, the Medicine Man (Prestige Records)
- With Stanley Clarke
- With Gerry Eastman
- 1995: Songbook (Williamsburgh Music Center, Inc.)
- 1966: Cookin' Time (Zim Records)
- With Bob Malach
- 1995: The Searcher (Go Jazz)
- With Grachan Moncur III
- 1977 Shadows (Denon Jazz)
- With Mtume Umoja Ensemble
- 1972: Alkebu-Lan: Land of the Blacks (Live at the East)
- With Duke Pearson
With Max Roach
- With Horace Silver
- 1970: That Healin' Feelin': The United States Of Mind / Phase 1 as Horace Silver Quintet
- 1988: Music to Ease Your Disease (Silveto Records)
- 1993: It's Got to Be Funky (Columbia Records)
- 1996: Total Response (Blue Note)
- "Biography: Andy Bey". Down Beat. Archived from the original on 2011-07-09. Retrieved March 29, 2011.
- Andy Bey biography at AllMusic.
- La MaMa Archives Digital Collections. "Production: Rat's Mass, A (1976)". Accessed August 8, 2018.
- Bey, Andy (February 3, 2004). "News and Notes". NPR (Interview: transcript). Interviewed by Tony Cox. Retrieved March 29, 2011.
[Y]ou have spoken publicly about being HIV positive and gay.
- Adler, David R. (May 2004). "Jazz Departments: Andy Bey". JazzTimes. Retrieved March 29, 2011.
- Bey's page on La MaMa Archives Digital Collections
- Andy Bey & Andy and the Bey Sisters biography by Alex Henderson, discography and album reviews, credits & releases at AllMusic
- Andy Bey discography, album releases & credits at Discogs
- Andy Bey albums to be listened as stream on Spotify
- Andy and the Bey Sisters discography, album releases & credits at Discogs
- Andy and the Bey Sisters albums to be listened as stream on Spotify