Roy Ayers hails from Los Angeles, California and begun his musical career as a jazz artist signed to Atlantic Records, Warner’s classic and hugely important R&B label that was founded in 1947. After this period Roy became a pioneer of the jazz-funk style whilst signing with Polydor, which led to Ayers being dubbed ‘The Godfather of Neo Soul’ by many fans and peers alike.
Since his debut release West Coast Vibes in 1963, Ayers has worked on several projects that include a hugely regarded soundtrack for the feature film Coffy that starred American actress Pam Grier, more recent collaborations with dance music producers such as Kerri Chandler and Masters At Work and of course his long line of LPs that include Ubiquity, Vibrations, Daddy Bug and Everybody Loves The Sunshine.
Although Roy Ayers has collaborated with the likes of Erykah Badu, Fela Kuti, Rick James, Wayne Henderson and many more he is a stunning solo artist and performances today are not a common occurrence. A very special Roy Ayers Ubiquity tour will be sweeping the country this summer year as the man himself performs at a select number of famous British music venues Although Ayers has already played in Norwich, Birmingham and at Glastonbury, there will be an exciting triple dater at London’s Jazz Café this December.
The Jazz Café is one of London’s most intimate UK venues giving you an opportunity to see Roy Ayers up close and personal. The dates will take place on December 7th, 8th and the 9th.
Words by Josh Plews
Images courtesy of The Jazz Cafe