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Primary Instrument: Vibraphone

Born: September 10, 1940

Roy Ayers - vibraphone, composer, bandleader, recording artist

Roy Ayers was during the 1960s one of the most prominent and leading jazz vibraphone players in America. During the 1970s and 80s he came to change his focus and became one of the leading figures in R&B and jazz/funk. The 1990s has once again brought him into a new direction and he is now regarded being one of the greatest innovators of the acid jazz movement. His music has often been described as being years ahead of it's time.

Ayers was born on September 10, 1940, in Los Angeles, California. Thanks to the influence of his mother, a piano teacher, and his father, a trombone player, Ayers was a musical child. His introduction to the vibraphone came at the age of six, when his parents took him to a Lionel Hampton concert. After the show, Hampton handed Ayers a pair of mallets, sealing the youngster's musical destiny with that simple gesture. It was not until he was 17 years old that Ayers finally got a chance to play the vibraphone, which he claims had been his favorite instrument all along....
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Featured recording “Mahogany Vibe”

Mahogany Vibe

Rapster
2004
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    Center Of The World

    Verve Records
    2013
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    Fever

    Verve Records
    2013
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    Feeling Good

    Verve Records
    2013
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    Love Will Bring Us Back Together / Rock Your Roll

    Verve Records
    2013
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    You Might Be Surprised (Expanded Edition)

    Verve Records
    2012
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    King Of The Vibes

    Verve Records
    2011
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    Shoes Of Roy Ayers

    Verve Records
    2011
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