Podcast 369: Nabil Ayers

Imagine growing up without a father, but knowing he was alive, somewhere. Now imagine that same scenario, but knowing that your dad is also a famous musician. That’s the reality for Nabil Ayers – a drummer turned record label executive – whose father is legendary jazz musician Roy Ayers.

In his new book, My Life in the Sunshine: Searching for My Father and Discovering My Family, Nabil describes his unique upbringing, the amazing job his mother did at raising her son, and the profound impact that music continues to make on his life. He also opens up about what it’s like to be the only person of color in a mostly-white indie-rock scene, his few attempts to connect with Roy Ayers, and much more.

Order the book here.

This episode is sponsored by Peghead Nation (use the promo code FRETBOARD and get your first month free or $20 off any annual subscription); Retrofret Vintage Guitars; Izotope (use the discount code FRET10 to save 10% off your Izotope purchase); and Calton Cases.

Photo: Gabriela Bhaskar