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Roy Ayers

Roy Ayers took time out from the Jazz Cafe to talk to Hardtalk Extra
In a HardTalk Extra interview screened on 24th February, Patrick O'Connell talked to the influential jazz musician, Roy Ayers.

Jazz legend Roy Ayers has been making music professionally for over 40 years.

In the 1960s he was one of the most prominent jazz vibraphone players in America.

In the 70s and 80s he became one of the leading figures in r'n'b and jazz funk.

In the 90's he was regarded as one of the innovators of the acid jazz movement.

Still an active musician and producer, he talks to Patrick O'Connell about his thoughts on rap music and about how an invitation to Nigeria from Fela Kuti in 1979 changed his life.

HARDtalk Extra can be seen on BBC World at 0430 GMT, 0830 GMT, 1130 GMT, 1530 GMT, 1930 GMT, 0030 GMT.

It can also be seen on BBC News 24 at 04:30 and 23:30.

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