May 28, 2001 |
The John Anson Ford Amphitheatre opened its 2001 season Saturday night with a stirring tribute to composer Kurt Weill. Appropriately--given the eclecticism of the Ford's overall programming--the production stretched from the big band jazz of pianist-composer Roger Kellaway to the blues guitar of Robben Ford and the Broadway-based cabaret style of singer Ann Kerry Ford. Kellaway chose to open each half of the program with a surprisingly envelope-stretching rendering of "My Ship."
March 3, 2001 |
Guitarist Robben Ford has played in so many different contexts--from hard-driving blues bands such as his own Blue Line to gigs with, among others, Joni Mitchell, Miles Davis, the Yellowjackets and the L.A. Express--that he comfortably eludes categorization. So it wasn't surprising that his opening set at Catalina Bar & Grill Thursday night was similarly eclectic. True, he spent a goodly portion of the program romping through a variety of takes on the blues.
January 15, 1998 |
Last week, the Grammy nominations came in, and the list included the guitar world's gentleman wailer (and, for the last few years, Ojai resident) Robben Ford, in the best instrumental rock category. But what's in a category? Instrumental blues-rock-swamp-soul might be a more accurate descriptor for the song in question, "In the Beginning," from Ford's soulful 1997 album "Tiger Walk," on the Blue Thumb/GRP label.
August 17, 1995 |
A year ago at Wheeler Hot Springs, guitarist Robben Ford performed in a special concert with pianist Roger Kellaway, reuniting for the first time since they both played with Joni Mitchell in the 1970s. This Sunday, the guitarist returns for a dinner concert at Wheeler, with a special vocalist in tow--his wife, Anne Kerry Ford. Although music runs hot in the Ford house, the Wheeler show will be an experiment of sorts.
November 10, 1994 |
It was 20 years ago today, give or take a few, that Robben Ford first fell into Roger Kellaway's orbit. Blame it on Joni Mitchell, who had the good instincts to hire them both for a celebrated tour in 1974. The two musicians were on alternate paths, by age and musical endeavor. Kellaway, studied in jazz and classical music, was a well-established figure in jazz and studio circles and had released the first of his innovative Cello Quartet albums.
December 30, 1993 |
The change of calendars reveals the change: Ventura's musical life, if still lurking humbly in the shadow of its metropolitan neighbor to the south, has churned and grown admirably in 1993. In both the jazz and classical areas, progress has been made and apathy quashed. Perhaps the best symbol of stubborn, fruitful ambition here this past year was creation of the Ventura County Chamber Orchestra, launched with high hopes and a groundswell of local support.