Robben Ford at Times Square
Type: Music & Concerts
August 14, 2012
Showtime @ 8:00PM
Doors Open @ 6:00PM
Tickets $25.00 in advance, $30.00 day of show
Robben Ford is one of the premier electric guitarists today, particularly known for his blues playing as well as his ability to be comfortable in a variety of musical contexts. A five-time Grammy nominee, he has played with artists as diverse as Joni Mitchell, Jimmy Witherspoon, Miles Davis, George Harrison, Phil Lesh, Bonnie Raitt, Claus Ogerman, Michael McDonald, Bob Dylan, John Mayall, and Greg Allman, in styles spanning the gamut from introspective pop and smooth jazz to genre-busting fusion and, of course, blues.
Ford's career began in earnest in the early '70s with legendary blues singer Jimmy Witherspoon, with whom Ford toured the U.S. and Europe. Tom Scott and members of The L.A. Express quickly took notice of the young guitarist and invited him to play on their upcoming tour with Joni Mitchell, in support of her 1974 album Court and Spark. "The two years I spent with Joni were the most formative of my musical life," remembers Ford. "Joni was just brilliant and very accessible, and the members of The L.A. Express became good friends and teachers. It was great." Beatle George Harrison soon invited Ford to join him on his Dark Horse tour of the U.S. and Canada, raising his profile even further. The late '70s and '80s would see Ford delve deep into the jazz world, forming the smooth jazz outfit that would become The Yellowjackets and touring with trumpet icon Miles Davis during two periods in the '80s.
Despite all the musical boundary crossing of his early career, Ford found his musical home in the blues when he began recording and touring in earnest under his own name in the late '80s. His 1988 release for Warner Brothers, Talk to Your Daughter, brought him his first Grammy nomination. The next two decades saw him release a string of well-received albums, including Mystic Mile (1993), Tiger Walk (1997), Blue Moon (2002), Truth (2007), and Soul on Ten (2009), his latest solo release. In addition to his solo ambitions, Ford of course also maintains a prolific slate of collaborations that recall his early years on the scene. His recent endeavors include projects with Larry Carlton, John Scofield, Michael McDonald, Randy Brecker, Rolling Stones bassist Darryl Jones, fellow Miles Davis alumnus saxophonist Bill Evans, his wife Anne Kerry Ford, and many more.