Songwriter’s Beat 9th Anniversary // Gnu-Vox: Andy Bey

January 9, 2009 § Leave a comment

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Tonight: Cornelia celebrates the 9th Anniversary of The Songwriter’s Beat, New York’s premiere performing songwriter series. Hosted and founded by Valerie Ghent, each night four up-and-coming songwriters perform new material in a supportive and intimate atmosphere. This month’s celebration evening features performances by Amanda Homi, Celia Chavez, Valerie Ghent & Bernard Davis..

From the website: “Founded in 2000, The Songwriter’s Beat has presented over 275 songwriters from the Tri-State area as well as visiting songwriters from other parts of the United States, Canada, France, the UK, Ireland, Australia, South Africa, Cuba and Japan. Every third Wednesday of the month, four songwriters perform original songs and are encouraged to try out their newest material. The series culminates in a week-long songwriters festival each July, featuring performers from throughout the years.”

Doors are tonight at 8:30pm, with a cover of $10. Voici le Facebook Event Page


A born prodigy reborn a legend, Andy Bey infuses the American Songbook with unprecedented vigor and substance. Veteran Jazz vocalist and Grammy-nominated recording artist, Bey’s studied musicality and inimitable vocal style has built him a decades-old reputation as an unmissable live performer. Like so many before him, British vocalist Jamie Cullum described what it’s like to fall under Bey’s spell:“Andy Bey was at Ronnie Scott’s and I saw him six nights in a row. I got into a huge amount of debt going to see Andy Bey. What I love about him is that he creates an atmosphere. As soon as he opens his mouth, you’re transported to another place.” Aretha Franklin reminisces about
the nights when Andy and The Bey Sisters worked the Village in New York: “Soon as I finished my gig I’d run over to hear them. Andy never got the recognition he deserved . . . jazz originals . . . brilliant and precious.”

Bey performs tomorrow night at 8:30 with Joe Martin on bass and Vito Lesczak on the drums. Cover’s $15.
A morsel of music: Andy Bey – River Man

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