Roy Edward Ayers, Jr. was born in Los Angeles on 10 September 1940. He comes by his affinity with music naturally, as his mother Ruby Ayers was a schoolteacher and local piano instructor and his father Roy Sr., a sometimes-parking attendant and trombonist.
Roy began to demonstrate his musical aptitude by the tender age of five, by which time he was playing boogie-woogie tunes on the piano. He turned to the steel guitar by the age of nice, had stints during his teens playing flute, trumpet, and drums before embracing the vibes as his instrument of choice.
He is now a well-rounded, full-fledged professional musician, and as is customary in nurturing African-American households, at twenty-one the keys to the door.
Roy Ayers will be performing at Bird's Basement from 10 to 14 October.