The Roy Ayers Project is first and foremost a documentary, produced by digital media professionals, telling the life, music, and philosophy of the great Roy Ayers. It is also art, talented artists who use their gifts to express themselves through canvas, murals, and other mediums capturing the spirit of Roy Ayers. It is also performance, bringing together Roy Ayers himself with talented musicians to perform live at venues across the country. The Roy Ayers Project is about sharing the essence and legacy of one of the greatest musicians ever to live. This trailer is the first installment of the documentary, which features the legendary drummer from The Roots, Ahmir “Questlove” Thompson.
Never before have I watched a video and found myself nodding and saying ‘yes!’. This is a trailer for the four-part series Icons Among Us: Jazz in the Present Tense, which premieres April 15 on the Documentary Channel. I couldn’t be more excited to see contemporary jazz get the spotlight like this. The filmmakers interviewed what looks like hundreds of artists making jazz in the 21st century, from Bugge Wesseltoft to Wayne Shorter, from Soulive to Herbie Hancock, from the Greyboy Allstars to Melvin Sparks.