is an American
, and composer who has lived in Toronto
since 1966. In 2005, she was made an honorary Member of the Order of Canada
Bey formed a vocal group with her brother Andy Bey
and sister Geraldine Bey (de Haas), known as Andy and the Bey Sisters
, performing in local clubs and touring North America and Europe
. After moving to Toronto in 1964 and played the jazz club circuit, she became known as Canada's First Lady of Blues
. Bey appeared on Broadway in Your Arms Too Short to Box with God
, for which she was nominated for a Grammy Award
for her work on the cast album. She put together a blues & jazz cabaret show on the history of black music, Indigo
- which earned her the Dora Mavor Moore Award
for outstanding performance. The show was later taped for TV networks.
Bey recorded two albums with Horace Silver
, and released live albums of her performances with the Montreal Jubilation Gospel Choir
and at the Montreux Jazz Festival
.She received the Toronto Arts Award for her contributions to the performing arts in 1992, and the Martin Luther King Jr.
Award for lifetime achievement from the Black Theatre Workshop
of Montreal in 1996.
She married Howard Berkeley Matthews on April 7, 1964; they have 3 children.