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Byron Bay Bluesfest

Roy Ayers


 It will be 12 years since American funk, soul and jazz composer and vibraphone player Roy Ayers last graced the Bluesfest stage. Born in Los Angeles in 1940, Roy began to demonstrate his musical aptitude by the tender age of five, by which time he was playing boogie woogie tunes on the piano. He turned to the steel guitar by the age of nine, had stints during his teens playing flute, trumpet and drums before embracing the vibes as his instrument of choice.

Roy Ayers, who has been hailed as the Godfather of Neo Soul, is a key figure in the acid jazz movement, the number one vibraphone player and one of the most sampled artists in history, including his songs ‘Everybody Loves The Sunshine’, ‘Searchin’, and ‘Running Away’.

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