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Under the threat of a winter storm and 50 mile-per-hour winds, Chicago came out in full force to witness the genius of Roy Ayers at The Promontory in Hyde Park. Ayers has been in the industry for over 40 years and his signature vibraphone notes have been sampled and replayed around the world by artists from every…

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Known as the “King of Jazz Funk Vibes” and the “Godfather of Neo Soul,” Ayers’ extensive discography has him ranked him among the most sampled African American artists admired by “new school” performers like Erykah Badu, Jill Scott, Mary J. Blige, D’Angelo, Tribe Called Quest, Pete Rock/CL Smooth, and so many others.

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Since its inception in 2000, Marshall Knights has served as the visionary and music director of the acclaimed Chicago based nine-piece ensemble, Zzaje’ (zah-JAY’). In addition to their own projects, throughout the years, Zzaje’s ability to showcase a cross section of soul, funk, jazz, hip-hop, rock and more has afforded the band the opportunity to play with some of the premier names in music, such as…

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The 35th Anniversary Atlanta Jazz Festival 2012 at Piedmont Park Memorial Day weekend was a 3 day event full of good food, venders, and Great Jazz Music. The event was Free and open to the public so some people even brought their grills out.  Everyone from families, couples, and groups of friends was hanging out…

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The Atlanta Jazz Festival is one of the nation’s largest free jazz festivals in the country and it’s loaded with international, national and local performers. This Memorial Day weekend May 26-28 from 11 a.m.-to 1 p.m. come out and enjoy this world-class jazz experience at Piedmont Park. Stellar performances from Kathleen Bertrand, Roy Ayers, Youth…

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