Roy Ayers at the Jazz Cafe Friday 6th July 2018
Congratulations are in order to Heather Joy Sharon who won a pair of tickets for her and her daughter to see the legendary Roy Ayers last Friday. I'd like to say a huge thank you to her daughter Jade Holness who presented a brilliant write-up about the event and a big thank you to Photographer, Rez Marino who took some stunning images.
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Roy Ayers, the living legend, held the crowd captivated and singing at the top of their lungs as he began his famous refrain “my life, my life, my life, my life…” No foot untapped, no body still, everyone grooved to the classic neo soul anthem, and the countless songs that took us back to Ayers in his heyday. The night was filled with smiles and laughter as everyone seemed to reminisce on the times when their sound systems were filled with Ayers’ vibraphone playing - grooving as if in their own private disco, seeming as though they couldn’t get enough of the Godfather of Soul.
The night was elegantly punctuated by Mark Adams, Ayers' keyboardist, whose face, awash with sweat, played each solo with passion; his electric energy could be felt throughout the Cafe. Ayers himself often sat down and stared in admiration as Adams held the crowd captive, his hands dancing across the keys. Once again joined by Ayers, every note struck on his vibraphone fed into the sounds of the band creating wonderful instrumentals, that you couldn’t help but dance along to. A sense of wonder was not only evidenced on the crowd’s face, but also on the face of Ayers’ as he grinned and grooved with his band.
The night was a beautiful stroll down memory lane, and the greatest attribute of all was how Ayers still owns the stage, despite being 77 years old. He proves Aaliyah correct when saying “age ain’t nothing but a number” and for every member of the crowd, he retains his crown and sits firmly on the throne as the King of Neo Soul.
THANK YOU TO THE JAZZ CAFE FOR THE COMPLIMENTARY TICKETS