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October 27, 2006

Salome Bey Presented With Order of Canada

Written by
cindy mcleod

Canadian jazz news

Vocalist, Actress, Salome Bey Recognized for Her Significant Contributions to the Arts

Vocalist, songwriter, and actress Salome Bey was presented the insignia of Honorary Member of the Order of Canada by Governor General Michaelle Jean at a private ceremony held in Toronto yesterday. The honour comes in recognition of Ms. Bey’s significant contributions to the arts for over four decades.

Salome Bey was born in Newark, NJ, in 1939, and began her career singing with brother Andy and sister Geraldine (Andy & the Bey Sisters) from 1957-66. Moving to Toronto in 1966, Bey performed in nightclubs and received wide radio airplay for her jazz, blues & spiritual offerings, as well as making several television appearances. She also built a long list of musical theatre credits including multiple leading roles, receiving an Obie award in 1972 for her performance in the New York production of Justine (renamed Love Me, Love My Children). Bey wrote and starred in Indigo, a history of the blues seen live in the late 70’s and early 80’s in Toronto, as well as a 1984 CBC televised version. Her revues include Shimmytime (about Ethel Waters) in 1983, and Madame Gertrude (about Ma Rainey) in 1985, and her children’s musical, Rainboworld, was presented at the Young People’s Theatre in 1988.

Bey continues to perform concerts, often appearing with her daughters Tuku and Saidah, known as “The Relatives”. Her discography as leader includes LPs Salome Bey (1970), Songs from Dude (1972), and Jazz Canada Europe ’79 (compiled from her appearances at the Bracknell, Northsea and Montreux jazz festivals). She also appears on LPs by the jazz pianist Horace Silver, and with the Montreal Jubilation Gospel Choir. In 1991 Bey received a Toronto Arts Award in the performing arts category.

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