Nathaniel Ayers, the musician who inspired the movie “The Soloist”, has recorded his first album. Ayers plays cello, piano, bass and trumpet on the release and is also joined by Red Hot Chili Peppers bassist, Flea, and two Los Angeles Philharmonic musicians, keyboardist Joanne Pearce Martin and violinist Robert Gupta.
The CD, Putting on Ayers, will be available in several weeks at the Nathaniel Anthony Ayers Foundation, with proceeds benefiting arts programs at mental health agencies.
“The Soloist” was based on a series of articles by L.A. Times columnist Steve Lopez and stars Jamie Foxx as Ayers and Robert Downey Jr. as Lopez.
“I was beginning to think we’d never get around to making the CD that Nathaniel Anthony Ayers has been talking about for years,” Lopez shares in a recent column. “Finally, a few weeks ago, it all seemed to be coming together. We had a day booked in a Silver Lake studio. A pal of his, Joe Russo, had agreed to fly in from Connecticut to record with him.”
60 Minutes did a piece on the Ayers story, told by Lopez. Check it out: