Personalities | Robben Ford | Seventies | Jazz & Blues

(Guitar, vocals, b. 1951)

Robben Ford was born into a musical family on the coast of northern California. His father, Charles, was a guitarist who encouraged Robben to teach himself the instrument at the age of 13. Ford has two musical brothers, drummer Pat and harmonica player Mark. Influenced by Mike Bloomfield, Robben and Pat played in the Charles Ford Band in the late 1960s and were hired by Charlie Musselwhite in 1974.

Robben Ford split his allegiances between playing blues with Jimmy Witherspoon, contemporary jazz with Tom Scott and Miles Davis, rock with Joni Mitchell and George Harrison, and leading his own bands. In 1977 his electric backing band, Yellowjackets, became a jazz group in its own right. Ford has continued to skirt the line between jazz and blues. In 1990 he rejoined his brother Pat in the Ford Blues Band, and he formed his acclaimed Blue Line in 1992.

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Source: The Definitive Illustrated Encyclopedia of Jazz & Blues, founding editor Howard Mandel


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