GINGER BAKER ANNOUNCES ‘A DRUMMERS TALE’ LIVE A ONE OFF EVENT IN HONOUR OF HIS 75TH BIRTHDAY SATURDAY 3RD MAY – O2 ISLINGTON ACADEMY

February 17th, 2014

Ginger Baker's one-ff gig May 3Monday 17th February – Legendary drummer Ginger Baker has today announced that he will play a very special one of event at O2 Islington Academy in London on Saturday the 3rd of May. The show will feature performances of material from the drummer’s exemplary recording career including music from Cream, Blind Faith, Graham Bond Organisation, Fela Kuti, Airforce, Baker Gurvitz Army and his current outfit Ginger Bakers Jazz Confusion. Ginger will be joined onstage by his band and some very special guests.

Tickets go on-sale 9am on Friday 21st February and are available from www.livenation.co.uk or www.ticketmaster.co.uk.

Special VIP tickets are available from Pledge Music http://www.pledgemusic.com/projects/gingerbaker

In conjunction with this show Ginger is releasing a career spanning anthology on CD and Vinyl, entitled ‘A Drummers Tale’ and an exclusive Photo Album via PledgeMusic. Reaching 75 is a milestone for any working musician but in the case of Ginger Baker it is truly worth celebrating.

By teaming up with PledgeMusic, the Baker family is able to offer, direct to the fans, a first listen and look at this collection of tracks, chosen by Ginger, from all the different stages of his long and extraordinary career. In addition Ginger and his daughter Nettie Baker have compiled a very personal family album picture book of art, artwork, photos and other images many of them never seen before.

For this and more exclusive offers visit http://www.pledgemusic.com/projects/gingerbaker

GINGER BAKER – ‘A DRUMMERS TALE’  LIVE

PLUS SPECIAL GUESTS

Saturday 3rd May 2014 – O2 ACADEMY ISLINGTON

Ginger Baker tickets go on-sale 9am on Friday 21st February priced £30.00 (subject to per-ticket charge plus order processing fee) and are available from www.livenation.co.uk  or www.ticketmaster.co.uk

Special VIP tickets will be available from Pledge Music http://www.pledgemusic.com/projects/gingerbaker

For more info please contact:

Sam Corbett – Live Nation – sam.corbett@livenation.co.uk

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Legendary drummer, Ginger Baker, launches his career spanning Anthology “A Drummer’s Tale” together with an exclusive Picture Book through PledgeMusic

January 31st, 2014

Ginger Baker

Reaching 75 is a milestone for any working musician but in the case of Ginger Baker it is truly worth celebrating. To mark this 2014 event Ginger Baker has joined forces to create and release a 20 track career spanning Anthology package called “A DRUMMER’S TALE” together with a very personal Picture Book compiled with the help of his daughter Nettie.

By teaming up with PledgeMusic, the Baker family are able to offer, direct to the fans, signed exclusive items, VIP tickets to a gallery show and one off “Drummer’s Tale” Gig in London and there will even be a series of Drum clinics for fans who want to learn from the master, details of which will be announced shortly.

Alongside the Anthology containing music from all the different stages of Ginger’s long and extraordinary career, Ginger and Nettie have compiled a very personal scrap book of art, artwork, photo’s and other images many of them never seen before creating a limited edition Picture Album.

Everyone who Pledges or pre-orders through this campaign will have their name included in a special thank you section of the CD and Picture Book.

Ginger says of the campaign,

“Stand by your beds everyone! its been over thirty years since the RSO launched my last ‘The Best of Ginger Baker’ anthology album WITHOUT consulting me about the content! This time I’m in charge, with no label and with the help and support of Pledge Music I am ready to release “A Drummer’s Tale” and the events that inspired these personally chosen tracks from my long career.

“There will also be a book full of very rare family owned photos and memorabilia. With PledgeMusic the plan is to give you, the fans, something very exclusive. I know you’ll enjoy it, Thanks for your support throughout the years & remember ‘don’t cheer, throw money’! ”

Nettie Baker says,

“It is with great pleasure that we can finally offer up this definitive collection of tracks chosen by Mr B and encompassing all the highlights of his long, iconic and illustrious career. With the help of Pledge Music we are now able to offer all our fans the chance to participate in what is certain to be not only a landmark lifetime anthology of music, but with several exciting spin offs, such as a new book and much more to come, also a fitting accompaniment to Ginger Baker’s 75th Birthday this year!

“I know this is something you’ve all been waiting for, so please let’s show our love for my very talented Dad by getting this campaign on the map!”

Check out A Drummer’s Tale here.

Ginger Baker interviewed on BBC’s Newsnight

July 14th, 2013

Beware of Mr Baker in UK Cinemas May 17, 2013

April 26th, 2013

Beware of Mr Baker will be showing in cinemas in the UK and Ireland.

Don’t miss Beware of Mr Baker with Ginger Baker at the Curzon Soho Q&A - May 9, 2013 – get your tickets here.
Beware of Mr Baker - meet Ginger at the Curzon Q&A

Saluting the Black President

April 1st, 2013

Fela Kuti

Ginger Baker’s Jazz Confusion – Upcoming gigs

February 3rd, 2013

Ginger Baker's Jazz Confusion

 
19th September – Gijon, Plaza Mayor, Spain
20th September Stratford Circus, London
27th September – Wulfrun Hall, Wolverhampton

October Tour – U S A

8th October Bucks County PlayhouseNew Hope, PA
9th, 10th, 11th, 12th & 13th October –IRIDIUM, New York
14th October City Winery, Chicago
15th & 16th October Dakota, Minneapolis
19th October Yoshi’s, Oakland
18th October – MIM, Phoenix
22nd & 23rd October – Dimitriou’s Jazz Alley, Seattle

Check out Jazz Confusion here

 

Ginger’s next gigs

November 11th, 2012

Ginger Baker's Jazz Confusion

Ginger will be playing at the following venues in November:

Tokyo

The Cotton Club on 21, 22, 23 Nov

The Workshop on 24 Nov

UK

In the UK he’ll play …

The Jazz Café, London on 28 Nov

The Cluny, Newcastle on 29 Nov

and Fibbers, York on 30 Nov

Ginger – back in the UK and playing live

May 1st, 2012

Ginger Baker's Jazz Confusion

Ginger arrived in the UK on a cold and wintry day in December 2011. Leaving behind him his beautiful ranch and horses in the Western Cape of South Africa. Making yet another journey into the unknown. Well not quite, a journey back to his English roots more like. Back to Kent and the seaside town of Whitstable. On my last visit I found his humble bungalow 2 minutes walk away from the sea. There I found Whistable harbour while walking his Dalmation, and brought back oysters and crab with me which he ate before setting off for the London Palladium to accept a Lifetime Achievement award. He told me the real achievement was to reach 72!

Ginger has a new band project: Jazz Confusion. They just played at Ronnie Scot’s in London (April 27 and 28). The line-up, saxophonist Pee Wee Ellis, bassist Alec Dankworth, and percussionist Abass Dodoo.

Ginger told me he was playing really well and that the band was amazing – blew everyone away. He had a jazz crowd on their feet and dancing! Here’s an excerpt from the gig taken from someone’s phone by the looks (so not the best of quality I’m afraid): http://youtu.be/UAib5aahjaw

I’ve asked Ginger if any one filmed it. If they have I’ll post it.

Next dates for Jazz Confusion are in July at the Glasgow Int. Jazz Festival, he then plays Stockton, Manchester and Coventry and finishes on July 21 at Munich Summer Club Festival, Bayrische Hof. As soon as I get the dates from Ginger, I’ll post them on Facebook.

Until soon…

Drugs and jazz…

April 6th, 2011

Young Ginger Baker

I’m sure that many times drugs played a major part in the many arguments my parents had, though of course in my earliest memories it was just upset at ‘bad feeling’ I had no idea what it meant or what had caused it. Later I came to understand what would set off the carnage and that in some was ways was worse because I knew where it was headed and where it would end; in violence. Mum would get black eyes and use the old chestnut excuse that she’d ‘walked into a door.’ She sported other bruises too. Yet she says now ‘I gave as good as I got’ and fondly remembers an incident when they were beating each other with lumps of wood when naked. In fights with his current wife my Dad says, ‘it’s just like Liz and I’. To them alone it is some warped expression of love.

Drug problems were of course at the root of many disagreements and the use of drugs made everything more emotional and certainly darker. During the Graham Bond years, my father made his first of many attempts to get straight and took me with him ‘up to London’ to Wimpole street to see the doctor who prescribed to many addicts, Lady Frankau. We waited for the bus that day on Neasden Lane where a low brick wall borders the shrub filled garden of a square and wholly unremarkable three-story apartment block.

Dad held my hand as I walked along the length of the wall, then sat me on his shoulders at the bus-stop where we sang ‘bus, bus hurry up’ together. He was excited at the prospect of collecting his script and getting high. Yet he maintains that after Lady Frankau had praised me as a ‘beautiful child’ he looked at my face and ditched the precious script on the way home. He then attempted to do a tour of the North of England whilst going ‘cold turkey.’ When he returned he went back to Lady Frankau and asked for help to withdraw using a process he tried on every occasion he got ‘messed up’ again. This involved the use of a drug called ‘physeptone’, though to me it is a ‘word’ I’m familiar with hearing very often throughout my childhood and beyond. The difficulties of withdrawal and stresses of running a band and dealing with family life only increased the conflict at home.

Ginger Baker’s inside story continued…

February 15th, 2011

The Graham Bond Organisation

Dad had a gig in Brighton with GBO and so we went and Dad and Mum went and stayed at their friends for the night.  Liz, Howard and Moi were on their way on foot to the venue but unsure of its whereabouts having failed to get clear directions beforehand. But then my mother espied some splashes of vomit at intermittent intervals along the route and suggested they follow these, which sure enough belonged to Ginger and led them to the gig. This story is always told with humour but in fact it shows how established and accepted my father’s heroin habit had become. He had obviously had ‘a fix’ prior to the gig to help him play well; but was it also to mask stage-fright and the stress of coping with a social situation? After a fix, a junkie will often throw up and so there we all were already caught up in the dark myths of our own story.

I’m sure that many times drugs played a major part in the many arguments my parents had, though of course in my earliest memories it was just upset at ‘bad feeling’ I had no idea what it meant or what had caused it. Later I came to understand what would set off the carnage and that in some was ways was worse because I knew where it was headed and where it would end; in violence. Mum would get black eyes and use the old chestnut excuse that she’d ‘walked into a door.’ She sported other bruises too. Yet she says now ‘I gave as good as I got’ and fondly remembers an incident when they were beating each other with lumps of wood when naked. In fights with his current wife my Dad says, ‘it’s just like Liz and I’. To them alone it is some warped expression of love.

Drug problems were of course at the root of many disagreements and the use of drugs made everything more emotional and certainly darker. During the Graham Bond years, my father made his first of many attempts to get straight and took me with him ‘up to London’ to Wimpole street to see the doctor who prescribed to many addicts, Lady Frankau. We waited for the bus that day on Neasden Lane where a low brick wall borders the shrub filled garden of a square and wholly unremarkable apartment block.

Dad held my hand as I walked along the length of the wall, then sat me on his shoulders at the bus-stop where we sang ‘bus, bus hurry up’ together. He was excited at the prospect of collecting his script and getting high. Yet he maintains that after Lady Frankau had praised me as a ‘beautiful child’ he looked at my face and ditched the precious script on the way home. He then came home and attempted to do a tour of the North whilst going ‘cold turkey.’ When he returned he went back to Lady Frankau and asked for help to withdraw using a process he tried on every occasion he got ‘messed up’ again. The difficulties of withdrawal and stresses of running a band and dealing with family life only increased the conflict at home.