Photo by Eric Sandler
On Saturday night jazz/R&B legend, Roy Ayers was honored for his contributions to modern urban music. Revive Da Live Music Group brought in legendary producer Peter Rock, experimental jazz/hip-hop pioneers the Robert Glasper Experiment, as well as hip-jazz vibraphonist Stefan Harris to perform at the tribute concert up in Harlem.
Being one of the most sampled musicians in hip-hop, the 69-year-old legend had a lot to say about what we should be doing with music today as well as voicing some old gripes to pick with the music media (Suite903 not included). After speaking for nearly an hour with press, Ayers anonymously joined the crowd in the general audience area, watching The Chocolate Boy Wonder, Harris, and TRGE perform an array of his classics. No one except for a select few recognized him in the crowd. Yet, once Ayers was called up to play some vibes and sing on "Searchin'" there was no doubt that this hyped up old man in a sparkly purple and black suit would display the critical influence he was being celebrated for by the special guests onstage. Check out some highlights of Pete Rock, Roy Ayers and the rest of the crew discussing where urban music came from and its future in the video below.
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