Today In Jazz

Happy Birthday Andy Bey!

October 28

The human voice was the first musical instrument and remains the ideal for most instrumentalists regardless of what instrument they play.Jazz vocalists have long prided themselves on individuality – not just their sounds, but in the choice of the material they choose to present.

Andy Bey is unique and over the course of his 50+ year career, has carved out a niche that is all his own and today we are happy to celebrate his 74th birthday.

Here’s a taste of his great art. The tune has been around for decades, but with his voice and his piano, Andy Bey makes it sound brand new:

Some people remember the first time Andy Bey became well known, in the group he had with his sisters in the 1960’s. This is a rare television appearance of theirs: