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The Jazz Gala 2018

Thursday 31 May


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Thu 31 May, 19:30


Baycourt Addison Theatre

Presented by: Tauranga Jazz Society

Starring: Robben Ford & Lydia Pense

Direct from the USA, Robben Ford and Lydia Pense join the Rodger Fox Big Band for an evening of Jazz, Blues and Rock music. Joined by special guests and Califorrnia State University, Northridge Big Band musical directior, Matt Harris.

Robben Ford – Guitar/Vocalist

American blues, jazz and rock guitarist and named on the of “100 Greatest Guitarists of the 20th Century” by Musician magazine. Guitar virtuoso Robben Ford’s latest album, Into The Sun, debuted at #2 on the Blues charts and shines a bright light on his artful, contemporary song writing and stunning playing. The five time Grammy nominee describes the 11 song set as “one of the top recordings I’ve ever done” and Guitar Player Magazine claims it “explores the breadth of Ford’s sophisticated, visionary writing and playing, creating a new chapter in his brilliant musical history.” 

Lydia Pense – the voice of the band Cold Blood

American rock-soul-jazz singer who, since 1969, has performed with the band Cold Blood. Critics have compared her style to powerful singers including Janis Joplin, Aretha Franklin and Teena Marie. Lydia joined Cold Bloody in 1968 and the band was one of the earliest music groups to be signed by Bill Graham’s Filmore Records. This is Lydia’s first visit to New Zealand. 

In concert with Rodger Fox Big Band and special guests The California State University Northridge Big Band with Musical Director Matt Harris.


  • Adult: $58.35
  • Concession (Seniors & Unwaged): $48.35
  • Friend of Baycourt (Baycourt Box Office): $48.35*

Reserved seating

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