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Binker Golding: "The purest jazz was often the most danceable. Somewhere along the way, we exchanged danceability for complexity, and I see a lot of what I do as a way of giving that back to people." - (Jazziz, Winter 2020).
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Hudson Music: Lance's "Bebop Spoken Here" is one of the heaviest and most influential jazz blogs in the UK.

Rupert Burley (Dynamic Agency): "BSH just goes from strength to strength".

Today Saturday February 22

Afternoon

Jazz

Electric Guitar Masterclass – The Music of Robben Ford - Sage Gateshead, St Mary’s Square, Gateshead Quays, Gateshead NE8 2JR. Tel: 0191 443 4661. 10:00am. £15.00. Jamie Mackay conducts a masterclass looking at the work of former Miles Davis’ sideman Robben Ford.

Evening

Daniel John Martin w Swing Manouche - Core Music, 14a/b Gilesgate, Hexham NE46 3NJ. Tel: 01434 601993. 8:00pm. Donations (suggested donation £10.00.). DJM w Mick Shoulder (guitar); Giles Strong (guitar); Ian Paterson (double bass).

Blues/Funk/Soul

Half Hand Hoodoo Band - Billy Bootleggers, Nelson St, Newcastle NE1 5AN. 9:00pm. Free.

Boys of Brass - Brandling Villa, Haddricks Mill Road, South Gosforth, Newcastle NE3 1QL. Tel: 0191 284 0490. 9:00pm. Free.

To the best of our knowledge, details of the above events are correct but may be subject to alteration.

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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