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April 11, 2002 | JOSEF WOODARD, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Robben Ford, the gentle blues hero who has called Ojai home for several years, has been busy recording and touring recently. A veteran of bands led by Joni Mitchell, Miles Davis and George Harrison--and long a leader in his own right--Ford makes one of his homecoming visits Saturday, headlining a show at the Ventura Theater, along with the bluesy groove sound of Derek Trucks. The Robben Ford bin in music stores has two new entries, showcasing different sides of his musical persona.
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August 22, 2012 | By Randy Lewis
Aficionados of guitar-driven music have a bounty of riches ahead this week with two events focused on players who are masters of the six- (and sometimes more) stringed instrument. Southern California native John Jorgenson is involved in both -- the first unfolding Thursday, Aug. 23,  at Orange County's Great Park in Irvine, the second the 2012 Los Angeles Guitar Festival holding court in Redondo Beach. Others joining in include Eric Johnson, Albert Lee and Robben Ford. Jorgenson and his quintet, which specialize in music of and inspired by Gypsy jazz great Django Reinhardt, will be joined Thursday by blues guitar hero Junior Watson and folk-rock guitarist Mark Turnbull at a show assembled by veteran Orange County music writer Jim Washburn.
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November 30, 1988 | DON HECKMAN
You've got to give guitarist Robben Ford credit. His opening set at At My Place on Monday (the first of a two-night stand) was an effective return for the musician known for his jazz fusion work to the classic blues he described as his "real musical preference." Concentrating on material from his new Warner Bros. album "Talk to Your Daughter," Ford sang passably well and played a lot better in a program that ranged from the title song (an old J. B.
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April 11, 2002 | JOSEF WOODARD, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Robben Ford, the gentle blues hero who has called Ojai home for several years, has been busy recording and touring recently. A veteran of bands led by Joni Mitchell, Miles Davis and George Harrison--and long a leader in his own right--Ford makes one of his homecoming visits Saturday, headlining a show at the Ventura Theater, along with the bluesy groove sound of Derek Trucks. The Robben Ford bin in music stores has two new entries, showcasing different sides of his musical persona.
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January 26, 1990 | BILL KOHLHAASE
His reputation as a blues guitarist got him into the Miles Davis band. Wednesday at the Coach House, Robben Ford showed that despite his jazz associations--he also was one of the original Yellowjackets--he intends to build his solo career on his blues ability as well. His last album, 1988's "Talk to Your Daughter" (Warner Bros.), utilized keyboards and saxophones to add a glossy, more pop-oriented sound to his music, but Ford has trimmed his performing band down to a trio.
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February 4, 1993 | JOSEF WOODARD, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
A month ago, Anaheim was crawling with music-related humanity. All weekend, deals were being struck like drum back beats at the huge annual National Assn. of Music Merchants (NAMM) show, and all manner of onlookers caused the Anaheim population to swell temporarily. And at the key concert event on Saturday night, guitarist Robben Ford was taking the minds of two overflow crowds off business, showing them just what the blues are, according to his private gospel.
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October 4, 1990 | BILL LOCEY
Just as there are factories that crank out Oreo Cookies, windshield wipers, Liquid Wrench and everything else, there must be a factory somewhere that cranks out hot guitar players--there must be. There are so many of them. This week's happening guitar god is none other than Robben Ford. He's played everything everywhere with everybody. Ford and his band will be at the venerable Ventura Theatre Saturday night.
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January 24, 1990 | DON HECKMAN
Robben Ford is a man with an identity problem. But not in the way one might think. The many fans of the talented blues guitarist and singer are well aware of his work--with Joni Mitchell, the Yellowjackets, George Harrison and Michael McDonald, to name just a few. In 1988, his first album for Warner Bros., "Talk to Your Daughter," was nominated for a Grammy, and his treatment of Albert King's "Born Under a Bad Sign" was featured on the soundtrack of Clint Eastwood's "Pink Cadillac."
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November 10, 1994 | JOSEF WOODARD, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
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.
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May 28, 2001 | DON HECKMAN, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
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."
ENTERTAINMENT
May 28, 2001 | DON HECKMAN, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
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."
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March 3, 2001 | DON HECKMAN, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
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.
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January 15, 1998 | JOSEF WOODARD, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
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.
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August 17, 1995 | JOSEF WOODARD, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
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.
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November 10, 1994 | JOSEF WOODARD, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
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.
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December 30, 1993 | JOSEF WOODARD, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
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.
ENTERTAINMENT
August 22, 2012 | By Randy Lewis
Aficionados of guitar-driven music have a bounty of riches ahead this week with two events focused on players who are masters of the six- (and sometimes more) stringed instrument. Southern California native John Jorgenson is involved in both -- the first unfolding Thursday, Aug. 23,  at Orange County's Great Park in Irvine, the second the 2012 Los Angeles Guitar Festival holding court in Redondo Beach. Others joining in include Eric Johnson, Albert Lee and Robben Ford. Jorgenson and his quintet, which specialize in music of and inspired by Gypsy jazz great Django Reinhardt, will be joined Thursday by blues guitar hero Junior Watson and folk-rock guitarist Mark Turnbull at a show assembled by veteran Orange County music writer Jim Washburn.
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October 15, 1993 | ZAN STEWART, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Trying to categorize the musical style of guitarist Robben Ford isn't always easy. Blues, jazz and rock are the three basic genres that Ford has played zealously, and authentically, during a prolific 20-plus year career. And in the course of that career he's worked with such eminences as trumpeter Miles Davis, singers Joni Mitchell, Rickie Lee Jones, Jimmy Witherspoon and Charles Musslewhite, and bands L.A. Express and the Yellowjackets.
ENTERTAINMENT
October 15, 1993 | ZAN STEWART, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Trying to categorize the musical style of guitarist Robben Ford isn't always easy. Blues, jazz and rock are the three basic genres that Ford has played zealously, and authentically, during a prolific 20-plus year career. And in the course of that career he's worked with such eminences as trumpeter Miles Davis, singers Joni Mitchell, Rickie Lee Jones, Jimmy Witherspoon and Charles Musslewhite, and bands L.A. Express and the Yellowjackets.
NEWS
February 4, 1993 | JOSEF WOODARD, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
A month ago, Anaheim was crawling with music-related humanity. All weekend, deals were being struck like drum back beats at the huge annual National Assn. of Music Merchants (NAMM) show, and all manner of onlookers caused the Anaheim population to swell temporarily. And at the key concert event on Saturday night, guitarist Robben Ford was taking the minds of two overflow crowds off business, showing them just what the blues are, according to his private gospel.
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