Jazz, Lounge, & Cabaret

Andy Bey

When: Wed., Jan. 9, 8-10 p.m. 2008

One of jazz's more overlooked talents, Andy Bey has a pedigree dating back to bebop's '50s golden age; a time when the Newark native was a child prodigy singing alongside saxophone great Hank Mobley before forming Andy & the Bey Sisters with siblings Salome and Geraldine. A longtime collaborator with fellow piano great Horace Silver, Bey's comeback started with 1996's most-excellent Ballads, Blues and Bey. Possessing a rich and dusky baritone, Bey has proved to be as equally at home singing Nick Drake and Milton Nascimento as he is plucking gems from the Ellington and Porter canons. For this one-night only Bay Area gig, Bey celebrates the release of Ain't Necessarily So, a live recording from a triumphant 1997 date at New York City's Birdland. Masterfully accompanying himself on the eighty-eights, Bey mellifluously wends his way through a set packed with gems from the Great American Songbook, a scene sure to be repeated on Wednesday, Jan. 9 at Yoshi's (510 Embarcadero West, Oakland). 8 & 10 p.m., $18, $12.Yoshis.com

Dave Gil de Rubio

Price: $12-$18

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