After open heart surgery and a bad fall Ginger is miraculously recovering very well.
He called the day after his surgery to say he was OK. Albeit a rather disoriented and unintelligible conversation he was at least awake and aware.
The fall has resulted in swollen legs and feet which he is seeing his doctor about in the next day or so.
But although he is recovering, any performances in the near future seem over ambitious.
just seen doctor… big shock…. no more gigs for this old drummer…. everything is off…. of all things i never thought it would be my heart…..
Welcome aboard as Squadron Leader Baker scrambles his crew to fly you to new musical heights and rediscover some old standards along the route! Originally formed late in 1969 after the demise of supergroup Blind Faith, Baker (formerly GBO & Cream) hit on the idea of reinventing the Big Band sound of his youth. After sell out debut shows in Birmingham and London’s Royal Albert Hall on 12 & 15th January 1970, many agreed in hindsight that Airforce 1 well and truly brought the African influence into the popular arena for the first time.
With a changing line up of star musicians, two albums, Airforce 1 and 2 were released in 1970, to critical acclaim that remains to this day. Now in 2015, after successfully touring with his Jazz Confusion, Ginger has decided wear his wings one more and travel in a new direction with blues, Africa, vocals, rhythm and harmony. Airforce 3, will feature previous material and add exciting new arrangements whilst showcasing new talent and collaborating with old friends.
Join us for this special club show, which precedes a bigger world tour planned in 2016.
Please extinguish your cigarettes and fasten your safety belts; we can promise you will have a fantastic flight.
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.
Ginger will be playing at the following venues in November:
The Cotton Club on 21, 22, 23 Nov
The Workshop on 24 Nov
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 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 Dalmatian, 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.