Bey, Andy [Andrew W.]
- Lara Pellegrinelli
(b Newark, NJ, Oct 28, 1939). American jazz singer and pianist. He played boogie-woogie from the age of three and launched his professional career with his siblings Salome and Geraldine. Their vocal trio, Andy and the Bey Sisters, was active from 1956 to 1967 and worked across Europe. Footage from their performance at a Parisian salon was included in the Chet Baker documentary Let’s Get Lost (1989). After the group disbanded Bey worked with Max Roach, Horace Silver, and Stanley Clarke, as well as in big bands led by Howard McGhee and Thad Jones and Mel Lewis. Following a long period of the public eye, he worked again from the late 1980s, performing and recording alongside such musicians as Silver, McCoy Tyner, Lonnie Liston Smith, Eddie Harris, and Gary Bartz. In the 1990s he taught at the Universität für Musik und darstellende Kunst in Graz, Austria. During this period he also made public his ongoing battle with HIV/AIDS. Two solo albums, ...