Vibraphonist Roy Ayers has used the music of the diaspora to entertain listeners for well over 40 years. The Los Angeles native was given a set of mallets by his mentor and hero Lionel Hampton as a teenager. He pursued playing the vibes and was a well seasoned session musician playing with some of the greats like Teddy Wilson to the Herbie Mann. Its was his time with Mann where he became his tour manager and arranger. During the early 1970s Roy created a sound that fused jazz, soul, and eventually dance music that got lots of radio play on FM urban radio formats. Songs like Everybody Love The Sunshine, Running Away, You Send Me, Searching, and Poo Poo La La are staples on the dance floor as well as the bedrooms.
Twenty five years later Roys music has been sampled by artists as diverse at Mary J. Blige, Brand Nubian, and Pete Rock and CL Smooth. Even artists like The Brand New Heavies and Jamiroquai are influenced by his lush orchestrations and funk laden grooves.
Revive Music Group produced a Tribute to Roy Ayers featuring hip hop producer Pete Rock, jazz pianist and composer Robert Glasper and his group Experiment and Grammy-Nominated vibraphonist Stefon Harris as special guest. Roy Ayers accepted an award for his lifelong achievement in music.