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Along with James Brown and George Clinton, Roy Ayers is one of the premier artists sampled throughout the hip-hop canon, and one of the major influences on the evolution of soul and R&B over the past 20-plus years. His music, including hit records like “Everybody Loves The Sunshine,” “Running Away,” “Searching.” and “We Live In Brooklyn, Baby,” have proven timeless, and he’s since collaborated with Guru, Pete Rock, Robert Glasper, and The Roots, amongst others. Now 72-years-old, five decades after his first album, the jazz-funk vibraphonist, singer, bandleader and songwriter is still going strong, performing throughout the U.S., and fully aware of the affect his music has had on his successors.

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