Magazine article The Advocate (The national gay & lesbian newsmagazine)

Bey Watch

Magazine article The Advocate (The national gay & lesbian newsmagazine)

Bey Watch

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Andy Bey, long one of jazz's best-kept secrets, talk about his dynamic new CD

"Even if I weren't gay, I'd still be individual," says Andy Bey, discussing his latest album, Shades of Bey (Evidence/12th Street Records). "I was always kind of different as a jazz artist, and I often stood alone." At age 59 the openly gay and HIV-positive jazz veteran still stands alone as a phenomenally expressive singer with a four-octave range.

Just last year The New York Times hailed Bey as "the least known of great jazz singers," But with his new CD, those days are gone. "A lot of people seem to love what I do," he says, "and I didn't think they knew I existed. It feels good."

A child prodigy from Newark, N.J., Bey cut his first record, "Mama's little Boy's Got the Blues," at age 12. After leaving Newark's Arts High School in his senior year, Bey and two of his eight siblings left for Europe and settled in at the Blue Note in Paris for a year and a half. …

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