Roy Ayers is an American funk, soul, and jazz composer and vibraphone player.
Ayers began his career as a post-bop jazz artist, releasing several albums with Atlantic Records, before his tenure at Polydor Records beginning in the 1970s, during which he helped pioneer jazz-funk.
He is a key figure in the acid jazz movement, which is a mixture of jazz into hip-hop and funk, and has been dubbed by many as "The Godfather of Neo Soul".
In 1966, having dropped out of college, Ayers joined Herbie Mann's band, and in the early 1970s started his own band, Roy Ayers Ubiquity. He later moved from a jazz-funk sound to R&B, as seen on 'Mystic Voyage', which featured the song Evolution and the underground disco hit Brother Green (The Disco King), as well as the title track from his 1976 album 'Everybody Loves the Sunshine', which became one of his most well-known and best-loved tracks.
1977 saw his big hit Running Away, and in 1979 Ayers scored his only top ten single on Billboard's Hot Disco/Dance chart with Don't Stop The Feeling.
He is most well known for his signature compositions Everybody Loves The Sunshine and Searchin', and is also famous for having more sampled hits by rappers than any other artist. He's collaborated with a multitude artists throughout his career, including Erykah Badu, Tyler The Creator, Fela Kuti, Kerri Chandler, Curtis Amy, David Newman, Leroy Vinnegar and so many more.
Now Roy Ayers has confirmed two April 2019 dates at London's Union Chapel. Catch him live by checking out the tour dates and concert ticket information below on Stereoboard.