“Class is in session!
This week on Santa Barbara’s School of Rock, we’ll pay tribute to funk, soul, and jazz composer, Roy Ayers, while also sharing songs associated with his primary instrument, the vibraphone, and related musical gear: the xylophone, marimba, glockenspiel, and steelpan.
Born in Los Angeles in 1940, Ayers began his career during the post-bop era, and during the 1970s he helped pioneer jazz-funk. His work had a major influence on the acid jazz movement of the 1980s and 1990s (which mixes jazz with hip hop and funk), he has been dubbed by many as “The Godfather of Neo Soul,” and his music is a favorite of sampling-heavy hip-hop artists.
We’ll hear Ayers’ originals and works by those he influenced, plus more standout practitioners of melodic percussion, such as Lionel Hampton, Arthur Lyman, Cal Tjader, and more. We’ll also hear exotica, acid-jazz, other electronic sounds, etc.
Join me for two hours of good vibrations tonight!”
“Rock It Properly” airs on Sundays during KCSB’s Winter schedule from 8-10pm PDT.