NYC Mayor Bill DeBlasio and an Evening with Andy Bey

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WHAT A WEEKEND AT MINTON’S!

NYC Mayor Bill DeBlasio joins the audience for Andy Bey.

Jazz’s renowned and at times unsung vocals hero Andy Bey made his debut performance at Minton’s, which is revitalizing the Harlem jazz scene with a full schedule of terrific music. Bey’s 2014 album, Pages From an Imaginary Life (High Note), is hands-down this year’s top vocals album, with a sweetly soulful journey through standards and originals. A veteran of such ‘70s bands led by pianist/composer Horace Silver and saxophone great Gary Bartz, Bey takes the stage at Minton’s playing the piano to support his baritone vocals that soothe and surge. Once cited by John Coltrane as his favorite singer, Bey relaunched his career in the late ‘90s after being sidelined by the changing tides of the jazz genre. At age 75, he is one of jazz’s pronounced masters.

Andy Bey returns to Minton’s on Valentine’s Day. Make your reservations now!

Minton's "Rat Pack"! JC Hopkins, Bill DeBlasio, Alexander Smalls, Andy Bey, Laurence Anthony

Minton’s “Rat Pack”! JC Hopkins, Bill DeBlasio, Alexander Smalls, Andy Bey, Laurence Anthony

from the NY TIMES:
★ Andy Bey (Friday and Saturday) Last year Mr. Bey released a magnificent piano-and-vocal album, “The World According to Andy Bey,” that captured his spirit in the best sonic circumstances. His new “Pages From an Imaginary Life” could be seen as a companion album: it finds him once again alone at the piano, singing songbook ballads at a honey drip, and offering epigrammatic soul advice in the form of mystical originals, like “Bad Luck May Be Good Luck” and “All That Glitter’s Not Gold.” – NATE CHINEN,NY Times

from the WSJ:
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“For the last decade or so, it has been almost impossible to catch this most distinctive and distinguished of song stylists in action, but lately he’s becoming a consistent and welcome presence on the New York scene, with regular appearances at Cafe Noctambulo (downtown) and now Minton’s (uptown). What’s more, in the last year he’s released two new albums, “The World According to Andy Bey” and “Pages from an Imaginary Life,” which both further enrich his unfortunately sparse discography. The concluding track of the latter album is a devastating reading of Billy Strayhorn’s “Lotus Blossom.” With Mr. Bey’s remarkable blend of a very rapid vibrato and, for the most part, a very slow tempo, it becomes a remarkable summing up of his life thus far, a sort of an ego-free response to “Here’s to Life.” – WILL FRIEDWALD, WALL STREET JOURNAL

ARTINFO.com

“There’s a bona fide scene going on these days under the revived Minton’s banner in Harlem, and it includes both notable music and good food….I’ll be sure to be there for Andy Bey, who gets my vote, hands down, as the best living male jazz singer, and who is also his own best accompanist on piano.” – LARRY BLUMENFELD

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“The Marvelous Andy Bey Sings in Harlem at Minton’s: Jazz’s renowned and at times unsung vocals hero Andy Bey makes his debut performance at Minton’s, which is revitalizing the Harlem jazz scene with a full schedule of terrific music. Bey’s 2014 album, Pages From an Imaginary Life (High Note), is hands-down this year’s top vocals album, with a sweetly soulful journey through standards and originals. A veteran of such ‘70s bands led by pianist/composer Horace Silver and saxophone great Gary Bartz, Bey takes the stage at Minton’s playing the piano to support his baritone vocals that soothe and surge. Once cited by John Coltrane as his favorite singer, Bey relaunched his career in the late ‘90s after being sidelined by the changing tides of the jazz genre. At age 75, he is one of jazz’s pronounced masters.” – DAN OULETTE

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