Roy Ayers at The Jazz Cafe, London
Funk and jazz legend Roy Ayers returned to Camden’s Jazz Cafe this week for a run of six nights playing through his impressive back catalogue of toe tapping tracks. Ayers’ career has spanned almost fifty years making him one of the most well known artists in the scene. Dubbed as the Godfather of soul, Roy Ayers has released more albums than its possible to count on all your fingers and toes working with some of the world’s biggest and best musicians and producers. His career is something to marvel at and hasn’t stopped touring, performing and producing incredible music; despite now being the ripe old age of seventy-seven.
Returning to The Jazz Cafe, this time for a gig and not a DJ set, it acted as the perfect setting for an evening of undoubtedly a lot of grooving. As well as the man himself, Ayers’ tight and well rehearsed band were along for the ride playing guitar, bass, keys and drums. Despite being inside ‘Everybody Loves the Sunshine’ gave off the perfect summer festival vibes. The funkadelic set didn’t stop there as the band dropped ‘Don’t Stop the Feeling’ and ‘I Wanna Touch You Baby’, two of Ayers’ most popular tracks.
To see an artist of this calibre and with this much experience is always something special. The intimate venue made the night’s experience even better and we hope that we can welcome the soul/funk legend back to the UK very soon.