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In the current climate we are doing our best to keep everyone up to date. All gigs, as we all know, are off.

However, good old YouTube has plenty to offer both old and new to help us survive whilst housebound. Plus now is a good time to stock up on your CDs.

Also, keep an eye out for live streaming sessions.

Alternatively, you could do as they do in Italy and sing from your balcony.

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As we all know there are no live gigs taking place in the immediate future. However, any links to jazz streaming that are deemed suitable - i.e. with a professional approach - will be considered for posting.

Sunday, October 06, 2019

Ginger Baker dies at 80

(Report by Russell)

Ginger Baker died today (October 8) at the age of eighty. Forever known as co-founder of Cream, Baker's early career included stints working with Diz Disley and Terry Lightfoot. Alexis Korner came calling, similarly Graham Bond but it was the formation of super-group Cream in 1966 with Eric Clapton and Jack Bruce which would later see the Londoner inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. 

Baker had a fractious on and off stage relationship with Jack Bruce (in October 2014 BSH reported the death of the composer/bassist/vocalist) which persisted long after Cream's short but influential existence (1966-68). Blind Faith (including Eric Clapton) proved to be an equally short-lived super-group and in the early seventies Baker toured Ginger Baker's Airforce and the Baker-Gurvitz Army before heading to Africa (notably Nigeria and a fruitful partnership with Fela Kuti).  

Baker insisted he wasn't a rock drummer and in later years worked with jazz notables Bill Frisell and Charlie Haden. A 2012 documentary film - Beware Mr. Baker (reviewed by BSH, May 30, 2013) - showed Baker to be in fighting form, quite literally, as director Jay Bulger found to his cost! Whatever perceived shortcomings there were about the man the music of Peter Edward 'Ginger' Baker will live on.            
Russell.

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