12th Street Records


“Brilliant and precious.”

- Aretha Franklin

“Oh my god, the way Andy Bey sings over those chords is just so dope.”

- Pharrell Williams

“One of the most distinctive singers in jazz.”


“He creates an atmosphere. As soon as he opens his mouth, you’re transported to another place.”

- Jamie Cullum

“If there’s a better jazz singer than Bey, I for one, would like to know who it might be.”


“Bey has entered into Billie Holiday, Miles Davis, and Ella country.”


“If you haven’ t heard Andy Bey, you haven’t lived.”

- Kurt Elling

“The feeling is so strong. The heart so pure. What he does is so beautiful.”

- Jon Hendricks

“I’m obsessed with a song called “Tuesdays in Chinatown. Emotion, memory, and hard-won knowledge are bound up in it.”

- James Fenton, The Guardian of London

“His extraordinary talent can seem protected in a glass museum case, resting on a pillow.”

- Ben Ratliff, New York Times

“A conjuring jazz juju medicine bluesman, distilling the universe into a meditative swirl.”

- Josh Kun, S.F. Bay Guardian

“A territory of stark soul-searching irony that perhaps no other male jazz singer has ever entered.”

- Jeff Simon, Buffalo News

“He turns songs into prayer like reveries … built on sounds woven into hypnotic lines in which the rhythm feels suspended in air.”

- James Gavin, New York Times

“In just two records, Bey has entered into Billie Holiday country, Miles Davis country, Ella country.”

- Jeff Simon, Buffalo News




  • Shades of Bey -New York Magazine 60 Great Albums of the Decade (2014)

    • Dreamy, beautiful album by a master jazz vocalist who finds new depths in everything he sings. Bey wraps his dark baritone around an eclectic group of songs: an Ellington chestnut, an Afro-Cuban lullaby, Nick Drake’s “River Man.” His tender take on “Some Other Time” is one of the best you’ll hear of that oft-sung ballad.
  • Ain’t Necessarily So KCRW 10 Best Albums of 2009

  • MAC Award Male Jazz Singer of the Year (2006)

  • American Song – Grammy Nominated Best Jazz Male Vocal Album (2004)

  • Shades of Bey – Jazz Album of the Year, Urban Network (1999)

  • Shades of Bey -Jazz Journalist Association Male Singer of the Year (1999)

  • Jazz Journalist Association Jazz Awards, Male Singer of the Year: 1999, 2003, 2004, 2005.

  • “21” by Geri Allen. Blue Note Records. Produced by Herb Jordan & Teo Macero. 1990 Soul Train Best Female Jazz Album