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We Grow Accustomed to the Dark

Read "We Grow Accustomed to the Dark" reviewed by Mary Foster Conklin

This early November broadcast includes new releases from vocalists Andrea Superstein, Marsha Bartenetti, Ben Sidran and pianist Julia Hulsmann with birthday shout outs to guitarist Amanda Monaco, trumpeter Clifford Brown, pianist Dawn Clement, plus vocalists Ethel Waters, Andy Bey, Jay Clayton, Carmen Lundy, Kurt Elling, K.D. Lang, Julie Kelly and Sarah Partridge, among others. Playlist Pam Fleming Fearless Dreamer “Keep It Movin" from Buds (Infinite Room RPM) 00:00 Sarah Partridge “At Seventeen" from Bright Lights and Promises (Origin) ...

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48th Annual Pitt Jazz Seminar

Read "48th Annual Pitt Jazz Seminar" reviewed by Mackenzie Horne

48th Annual Pitt Jazz Seminar Various Venues Pittsburgh, PA November 1-3, 2018 The Pitt Jazz Seminar took place the first weekend of Novenmber under the musical direction of Terri Lyne Carrington; Thursday, Friday, and early Saturday were packed with guest lectures while the all-star concert was scheduled for 7:30 on Saturday evening. Sean Jones and Reginald Veal were facilitating a lecture on community outreach in the Hill District, the historic cradle of Pittsburgh jazz, at ...

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Andy Bey: Ain't Necessarily So

Read "Ain't Necessarily So" reviewed by Chris M. Slawecki

The supple, nurturing hands and voice of pianist/vocalist Andy Bey generally dispenses most music in two flavors, either a ballad or a blues. This live recording during Bey's first headline appearance at the world famous jazz hotspot Birdland continues his series of albums with producer Herb Jordan, who like most listeners, remains amazed at Bey's subtle musicianship: “He approaches chord changes and rhythm in a way that many others just do not. He finds harmonic subtleties that escape many singers."

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Andy Bey: Ain't Necessarily So

Read "Ain't Necessarily So" reviewed by Martin Longley

Singer Andy Bey is less well known as a pianist, but nowadays he leads his trio from the piano stool, his instrumental wanderlust having an equal capacity to his voice for taking a saunter down the less familiar alleyways. This live album was recorded a decade back at Birdland, in what was effectively Bey's first significant New York residency as a leader. He's joined by bassist Peter Washington and drummer Kenny Washington on most of the numbers, with sticksman Vito ...

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Andy Bey: Ain't Necessarily So

Read "Ain't Necessarily So" reviewed by C. Michael Bailey

Andy Bey is the finest male jazz vocalist performing today. This may stick a finger in the eye of such talent as Kurt Elling or Mark Murphy, both contemporaries chronologically opposed; but both of these artists readily acknowledge the immense talent of Bey.

He is no young lion exploding out of the woods from the dark. Bey has been performing since the mid-1960s when he debuted with Now, Hear (Prestige, 1964). He recorded sporadically through 1970, ...

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Andy and the Bey Sisters: 'Round Midnight

Read "'Round Midnight" reviewed by David Rickert

One of the best things about all of the limited edition series out there is that occasionally an obscure oddity gets released. Not necessarily a record that people have sought after, but more like one that many never even knew existed and thus never clamored for its release.

Such is the case with 'Round Midnight, recorded in 1965 and one of only three records that Andy and the Bey Sisters made. Andy, Salome, and Geraldine Bey were siblings ...

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Andy Bey: American Song

Read "American Song" reviewed by Russ Musto

The Great American Songbook has rarely been treated to a reading as beautiful as the one the masterful Andy Bey delivers on his newest disc. Bey’s deep dark baritone voice and deliciously deliberate diction breathe new life into ten of America’s most beloved standards, distinctively arranged by Geri Allen. Accompanying himself on piano, Bey is able to regulate the tempo of each piece for optimum dramatic effect, and his bandmates—guitarist Paul Meyers, bassist Kiyoshi Kitagawa, drummer Mark McLean and a ...


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