Roy Ayers

Roy Ayers is one of those musicians' musicans who inspired Erykah Badu, D'Angelo, and Dr. Dre, but also has equal respect from jazz luminaries such as Robert Glasper, Christian McBride, and Stefon Harris. The 73 year-old godfather of jazz-funk and composer behind '70s hit "Everybody Loves the Sunshine" still rocks the vibraphone as he continues to represent the common lineage between jazz, r&b, and hip-hop. Ayers makes as much sense at S.O.B.'s as he does at the Blue Note, where he has also played. Similarly, his music is as likely to turn up on the soundtrack for The Pink Panther as it is in 8 Mile
Wed., Nov. 20, 9 p.m., 2013

 
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