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Roy Ayers: The Godfather of Neo-Soul
w/ Farnell Newton & The Othership Connection + DJ Rev Shines
February 23 | 7:30 pm- $29 - $59
Roy Ayers is an American funk, soul, jazz composer and vibraphone player as well as one of the most influential living musical artists of our time. A disciple of the late, great Bobby Hutcherson, Ayers began his career as a post-bop jazz artist, releasing several albums with Atlantic Records before his tenure at Polydor Records beginning in the 1970s, during which he helped pioneer jazz-funk. Over the years, Ayers has also dabbled in jazz fusion, disco, R&B, and house music, making him a true jack of all musical trades. He is also a key figure in acid jazz movement, a musical movement melding jazz into hip-hop and funk, and he has been dubbed by many as “The Godfather of Neo-Soul.” Along the way, Ayers has played and recorded with artists as diverse as Chico Hamilton, Rick James, Fela Kuti and Talib Kweli. He is most well known for his signature compositions “Everybody Loves The Sunshine,” “Running Away,” “Don’t Stop the Feeling” and “Searchin,” and is regarded as the most sampled artists in hip-hop and rap of all time, with over 400 credits from such artists as Dr. Dre, Kendrick Lamar, Common, Mary J. Blige and A Tribe Called Quest.
“…vibraphonist Roy Ayers began mixing funky elements of rhythm and blues with jazz, and almost single-handedly created a ‘fusion’ style of music that…influenced a new generation of musicians…” – NPR
Farnell Newton & The Othership Connection has become one of the must-see groups on the NW music scene, revitalizing funk and soul by blending the old with the new. The group is led by Philadelphia-bred trumpeter and composer Farnell Newton, who served as Jill Scott’s musical director and currently tours with Bootsy Collins. He is one of the most versatile musicians and educators in the Northwest, playing straight ahead jazz, funk, Latin music, soul, hip-hop, and more. Farnell has also performed with a who’s who of world class artists including, Stevie Wonder, Cee-Lo Green, Karl Denson, George Duke, Brian Blade, Eric Benet, Ron Isley, R. Kelly, Fantasia, Gladys Knight, Charlie Wilson, Chaka Khan, Billy Hart, and Earth, Wind & Fire. Newton last performed at the Festival in 2012 opening for The Jazz Passengers in tribute to Art Blakey.
“Still considered a young lion of the local jazz scene despite deserving tenure, trumpeter-producer Farnell Newton has his hands on just about everything cool and funky happening in Portland. His name on a bill serves as a seal of freshness.” – Willamette Week
Rev Shines is a decade crossing visionary DJ from Portland, inspired by golden era hip hop, Southern gospel singers, and funky Brasilians from the 1970’s. His dynamic live sets simultaneously put smiles on faces, get heads nodding, and suggest feelings of an ever-present coolness. He is a member of the hip hop group Lifesavas and has shared the stage with Nas, Wu-Tang Clan, Mos Def, DJ Shadow, The Roots and De La Soul. Shines has performed in over 15 countries and his mixtape series, “Today’s Good News” has a cult following and sells out immediately online and at record stores. He has also DJ’d all vinyl sets on KMHD jazz radio and regularly gigs all over the Portland metro area.