Andy Bey

Genres: Jazz Vocals
Tags: jazz jazz vocal vocal jazz baritone male vocalist jazz piano Powered by AudioScrobbler
Decades: 1960s 1970s 1990s 2000s
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28 October 1939, Newark, New Jersey, USA. One of the most underrated vocalists currently plying their trade, Bey was belatedly championed with the release of Ballads Blues & Bey in 1996. Bey was brought up in Newark and attended Arts High, a college with a prestigious roll call of jazz alumni including Sarah Vaughan, Wayne Shorter, Woody Shaw and James Moody. Vaughan was a primary influence on Bey, and the great singer made several visits to Bey’s sisters, Salome and Geraldine, at the family house. Later on during his career, Bey often found time to sing with Vaughan during informal sessions at club venues. A precocious talent, the eight-year old Bey was accompanied by tenor saxophonist Hank Mobley at several concerts, and in 1952, when he was 13, released his debut album. During the late 50s Bey toured with his sisters as Andy And The Bey Sisters, and the trio recorded three albums on the RCA - Victor Records and Riverside Records labels before disbanding...

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