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Birth Name: Roy Ayers
Born: 1940/09/10
Birth Place: Los Angeles, California, U.S.
Years Active: 1962 - present
Genres: Jazz, Jazz Fusion, Funk, Acid Jazz, Disco, Soul Jazz, R&B

Roy Ayers (born September 10, 1940) 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 . Ayers was born in Los Angeles, California and grew up in a musical family. At the age of five, Lionel Hampton gave him his first pair of mallets, which led to the vibraphone being his trademark sound for decades. His high school, Thomas Jefferson High School, from which Ayers graduated, produced some of the most talented new musicians, such as Dexter Gordon. Ayers was responsible for the hig... Continue Bio >>


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