BEY’S “AMERICAN SONG”NOMINATED“BEST JAZZ
Grammy Nomination Is 1st For Savoy Jazz Artist
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Santa Monica, CA---Beloved jazz vocalist
Andy Bey has received his first Grammy nomination for his stellar
Savoy Jazz debut recording “American Song.” One of
his most accomplished projects, “American Song” has
won rave reviews—the New Yorker calls “American Song”
“this year’s record to beat.” Bey has been honing
his vocal craft for over 50 years singing alongside jazz greats
such as Lena Horne and earning the praise of luminaries such as
John Coltrane and Aretha Franklin. A talent that is never less
than transcendant, Andy Bey has truly earned his many accolades—this
nomination is further testament to his peerless artistry.
Produced by Herb Jordan “American Song” features jazz
luminaries such as Geri Allen, Dwight Andrews, Paul Meyers, Kiyoshi
Kitagawa, Mark McLean, Steve Davis, Mino Cinelu and Frank Wess.
Bey delves into the American songbook reinterpreting classic compositions
by the likes of Leonard Bernstein, Billy Strayhorn and Duke Ellington.
The song list includes “Never Let Me Go”, “Prelude
To A Kiss” “Caravan”, “Lush Life”,
“Paper Moon”, “Lonely Town” and more.
Andy Bey is a true living legend. Those in the know have always
known about Andy Bey. He was almost consigned to the memories
of those who caught him in Paris in ‘59, or Birdland in
the mid ‘60s. There are few left who remember when Lena,
Nina and Carmen crowded into Harlem’s Shalimar to hear Bey
light up the joint. That tantalizing footage in Let’s Get
Lost of Bey and his sisters delighting a crowd of partygoers,
including Bud Powell, gives us a clue of the years of brilliance
that were never committed to vinyl. Andy has become an icon to
a generation of vocalists, earning praise from singers from Diana
Krall to Aretha Franklin. Franklin reminisces about when Andy
Bey and his sisters “worked the village a great deal. Soon
as I finished my gig I’d run over to hear them. Andy never
got the recognition he deserved . . . jazz originals . . . brilliant
and precious.” John Coltrane cited Bey as his favorite vocalist.
Andy Bey has become a member of the legendary group of jazz singers
that we all know, and an icon for the next generation of singers,
many of whom attend his performances not only for the pure pleasure,
but also for enlightenment at the feet of a master. “American
Song” is destined to break down even more barriers as more
and more listeners discover the magic of Andy Bey.