Roy Ayers is, without a doubt, a living legend.
A true pioneer, Ayers’ influence in the 56 years he’s been active has rippled out into all corners of the music industry. From being a key figure in the acid jazz movement to being crowned the Godfather of Neo-Soul, to then being one of the most sampled artists in history while bridging the gap between jazz and hip-hop, Ayers’ genius is untouchable.
Any crate-digger worth their salt can spend weeks working through Ayers’ extensive catalogue of music. However, it’s the live shows that solidify Ayers as being a truly special talent. Last year at his sold-out show at The Barbican, Ayers worked the room in a way that left the audience completely enthralled. Working through his classics “Everybody Loves the Sunshine”, “Searchin”, “Running Away,” and more, with laid-back banter between his first-class band and the audience, everyone left the show feeling as if they had been schooled in the excellence of jazz, funk, and soul by a master of the craft.
This coming spring, Ayers will return to the UK for an incredibly special show in Sheffield in the beautiful setting of the Folk Forest. This is an unmissable chance to catch one of the world’s most iconic musicians live.