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KENNY G
@ THE TOWN HALL
JUNE 6



THE MANHATTAN TRANSFER
MEETS TAKE 6
@ THE TOWN HALL
JUNE 11



NATALIE COLE
@ THE TOWN HALL
JUNE 28



BUIKA
@ THE TOWN HALL
JUNE 18



FREIHOFER'S SARATOGA JAZZ FESTIVAL:
ERYKAH BADU, SNARKY PUPPY,
CHRISTIAN MCBRIDE, MONTY ALEXANDER
& MORE!
SARATOGA SPRINGS, NY
JUNE 27-28



SAVION GLOVER
JUNE 2-3



ROY HAYNES
JUNE 9-10



KATHLEEN BATTLE
JUNE 11



STANTON MOORE TRIO
JUNE 12-13



DAVID MURRAY TRIO
FT. TERRI LYNE CARRINGTON
JUNE 15-17



ABDULLAH IBRAHIM
JUNE 18-21



GATO BARBIERI
JUNE 23



ROBERT GLASPER TRIO
JUNE 24-27



BEBEL GILBERTO
JUNE 29-JULY 1



VICTOR WOOTEN
JULY 2-5



LARRY CORYELL &
THE ELEVENTH HOUSE REUNITED
JULY 14-19



DIZZY GILLESPIE™
ALL STAR BIG BAND
JULY 21-26



EARL KLUGH
JULY 28 - AUG 2



BOB JAMES
AUG 4-9



ROY HAYNES
AUG 11-12



TUCK & PATTI
AUG 13-16



THE LATIN SIDE OF HORACE SILVER:
CONRAD HERWIG
W/ GUEST MICHEL CAMILO
AUG 18-23



THE NEW KENNY WERNER QUINTET
ft. CHRIS POTTER, AMBROSE AKINMUSIRE,
JOHN PATTITUCCI, MARCUS GILMORE
AUG 26-30



JERRY GONZALEZ & THE FORT APACHE BAND
SEPT 1-6



ROY HARGROVE
SEPT 8-13



TRIO 3:
OLIVER LAKE, REGGIE WORKMAN & ANDREW CYRILLE
ft. ETHAN IVERSON, VIJAY IYER, JASON MORAN
SEPT 29 - OCT 1



LEE RITENOUR
OCT 6-11



DIZZY GILLESPIE™
ALL STARS
OCT 20-25



STANLEY CLARKE -
FALL RESIDENCY
NOV 3-8 & 10-15



FOURPLAY
DEC 1-6



DAVID SANBORN
ELECTRIC BAND
DEC 8-13



NELS CLINE & FRIENDS
w/ GUEST JOHN SCOFIELD -
CELEBRATING THE MUSIC OF JOHN SCOFIELD
JAN 26-27


Show Information
ROY AYERS

2013-08-27
Showtime: 8:00PM
Doors Open at 6:00PM

MAKE RESERVATION
BAR TABLE
$20.00 Sold Out


"Roy Ayers is the king of neo-soul music!"

-Erykah Badu


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Roy Ayers
FEATURING:
Roy Ayers, vibes
Other musicians, TBA

Vibraphonist and vocalist Roy Ayers is among the best-known, most loved, and respected jazz and R&B artists on the music scene today. Now entering his sixth decade in the business, Ayers, known as the Godfather of Neo-Soul, continues to bridge the gap between generations of music lovers.



Born in Los Angeles in 1940, Ayers enjoyed a musical upbringing. By the early '60s, he was playing regularly with a number of local performers, including such fixtures on the Los Angeles jazz scene as Teddy Edwards, Chico Hamilton, and Jack Wilson. In 1966, he joined jazz flutist Herbie Mann's quartet and recorded with Mann for the next four years, a period that included the release of the flutist's smash hit LP Memphis Underground (1969).

Ayers left the Mann group and his post-bop past behind in 1970. He moved to New York, where he quickly formed his own band Ubiquity, an R&B and jazz-rock outfit with a constantly-shifting roster of musicians. When disco emerged in the second half of the '70s, Ayers and Ubiquity found themselves squarely in the limelight. Their hit song "Everybody Loves the Sunshine" became a dance floor sensation, their 1977 single "Running Away" broke into the R&B Top 20, and 1978's "The Freaky Deaky" became popular enough to inspire a dance step of the same name.

After touring with afrobeat superstar Fela Kuti at the end of the '70s, Ayers's career cooled off in the mid-'80s, as he scored a number of minor hits on the Columbia label. However, the '90s saw the demand for his sound explode again, as hip-hop, acid jazz, and R&B artists in the U.S. and England began to use samples of Ayers's '70s hits in their work. Suddenly, he was back in the limelight and began releasing albums again, including 1995's Nasté and 1999's Juice.



Although the new millennium has seen Ayers release fewer new albums, he remains a pop culture hero, as music industry heavyweights like Mary J. Blige, Erykah Badu, 50 Cent, A Tribe Called Quest, Will Downing, and Talib Kweli seek him out for collaborations and sample his old hits. In many ways, his music is still years ahead of its time. "I'm honored that they picked my music," he was quoted as saying. "I'm ubiquitous again."

 

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