Musician Roy Ayers is reported dead in Portland, Oregon.
Ayers was rushed to the hospital after arriving at Portland International Airport Saturday afternoon, according to organizers of the Soul’d Out Music Festival.
It was later reported that Ayers was discharged but latest information in the media indicate that his condition deteriorated and he was rushed back to the hospital where he passed on.
The renowned jazz, funk and soul composer, was scheduled to play Saturday night at Roseland Theater as part of the festival but his band ‘Roy Ayers Ubiquity’ performed without him.
Details of Ayers’ condition were not available to the media until reports of his death..
Roy Ayers was an American funk, soul, and jazz composer, vibraphone player, and music producer. 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.
He passed on at 78.
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