A pioneer of jazz-funk and neo-soul and a master vibraphonist, Roy Ayers is best-known for his 1976 classic, “Everybody Loves the Sunshine,” a song that has been sampled by a slew of artists and bands, including Flatbush Zombies, Common, Mos Def, Mary J. Blige, and Seu Jorge.
With more than five decades of music-making under his belt, Ayers, now 76, hasn’t given up the mic (or the vibraphone) yet. In recent years, he’s popped up as a session player on Erykah Badu’s second studio album, Mama’s Gun, and as a featured artist on “Find Your Wings,” a track by Tyler, the Creator. He’s still churning out albums, too, and while most of his new work continues to fall in the jazz, funk, and soul categories, Ayers has tried his hand at different (read: hipper) genres, as well, like deep house.
At 7:30 and 9:30 p.m., Saturday, Feb. 25, and 7 p.m. and 9 p.m., Sunday, Feb. 26, at Yoshi’s. $29-$65; yoshis.com