Great jazz guitarist comes to the Bay

An American guitarist named as one of “the 100 greatest guitarists of the 20th century” will perform at Tauranga’s Baycourt Addison Theatre on May 31 as part of the Jazz Gala 2018.

Robben Ford, who features in Musician magazine’s list of all-time greats, is touring the North Island in May and June.

Robben was a member of L.A. Express and has collaborated with Miles Davis, Joni Mitchell, George Harrison, Larry Carlton, Jimmy Witherspoon, Georgie Fame and Kiss.

He has received five Grammy Award nominations and his album ‘Talk To Your Daughter’ was an international hit when released 30 years ago, remaining one of the benchmark jazz albums of all time.

Sharing the spotlight will be dazzling rock-soul-jazz singer Lydia Pense who’s been likened to rock singer Janis Joplin. Lydia and Janis dominated the stage in the late 1960s and, when Janis recommended her to legendary concert promoter Bill Graham, she was signed to his new record label, Fillmore Records, with her band Cold Blood.

Robben and Lydia will perform in concert with the Rodger Fox Big Band and special guests The California Northridge University Big Band with musical director Matt Harris.

 “Robben has never played with the Rodger Fox Big Band before and his North Island tour will be a highlight of the jazz/blues year,” Rodger says. “He’s played with the best, is an extremely versatile musician and is master of blues, jazz, jazz fusion and rock.”

The Jazz Gala 2018 will be at Baycourt Addison Theatre at 7.30pm on Thursday, May 31. To buy tickets visit: