Roy Ayers is a jazz, funk and soul composer and musician. Born on September 10, 1940 in Los Angeles, he grew up in a musical family where his father played trombone and his mother played piano. At the age of five, he was given his first set of vibraphone mallets by Lionel Hampton. He began his career as a sideman in 1962 and rose to prominence after leaving City College to join flutist Herbie Mann’s band in 1966. In the early 1970s, Ayers formed his own band Ubiquity. He chose the name because it means the state of being everywhere at the same time. Ayers released several albums on Atlantic Records before leaving for Polydor Records. During that time, he pioneered jazz-funk. He is well known for the compositions “Everybody Loves The Sunshine” and “Searchin.” He also has more sampled material by rappers than any other artist.

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