Ginger Baker
August 19, 1939
Page I
Matt Abts
Alex Acuna
Daniel Adair
Chris Adler
Morgan Agren
Airto
Tommy Aldridge
Rashied Ali
Don Alias
Carl Allen
Cliff Almond
Barry Altschul
Robby Ameen
Scott Amendola
Animal
Charly Antolini
Carmine Appice
Vinny Appice
Kenny Aronoff
Billy Ashbaugh
Mick Avory
Marcel Bach
Colin Bailey
Donald Bailey
Ginger Baker
Jeff Ballard
Alex Bally
Joe La Barbera
Travis Barker
Joey Baron
Ranjit Barot
Julio Barreto
Ray Barretto
Ray Bauduc
Eddie Bayers
Marcus Baylor
Frank Beard
Carter Beauford
Poogie Bell
Louie Bellson
Frank Bellucci
Brian Bennett
Hank Bennink
Joe Bergamini
Tal Bergman
Jon Bermuda Schwartz
Ignacio Berroa
Pete Ray Biggin
Curt Bisquera
Gregg Bissonette
Jason Bittner
Roger Biwandu
Dave Black
Cindy Blackman
John Blackwell
Brian Blade
Hal Blaine
Art Blakey
Jason Bonham
John Bonham
Gergo Borlai
Paul Bostaph
Terry Bozzio
Dirk Brand
Jimmy Branly
Tom Brechtlein
Amir Bresler
Don Brewer
Gerry Brown
Bill Bruford
Ronald Bruner Jr.
Jack Bruno
Mark Brzezicki
Roy Burns
William Calhoun
Clayton Cameron
Matt Cameron
Gorden Campbell
Teddy Campbell
Tommy Campbell
Emmanuelle Caplette
Danny Carey
Keith Carlock
Bun E. Carlos
Karen Carpenter
Terri Lyne Carrington
Joey Castillo
Deen Castronovo
Big Sid Catlett
André Ceccarelli
Dave DiCenso
Gary Chaffee
Jimmy Chamberlin
Dennis Chambers
Ndugu Chancler
Jim Chapin
Gary Chester
Jon Christensen
Kenny Clare
Greg Clark
Mike Clark
Kenny Clarke
Tommy Clufetos
Jimmy Cobb
Bill Cobham
Vinnie Colaiuta
Cozy Cole
Chris Coleman
Cora Coleman-Dunham
Tony Coleman
Phil Collins
Aaron Comess
Luis Conte
Tre Cool
Ray Cooper
Stewart Copeland
Kirk Covington
Adam Cruz
Abe Cunningham
Andrew Cyrille
Nick D'Virgilio
Paulinho Da Costa
Brann Dailor
Zach Danziger
Flo Dauner
Chris "Daddy" Dave
Mike Davila
Alan Dawson
Barrett Deems
Jimmy DeGrasso
Adam Deitch
Jack DeJohnette
Kenwood Dennard
John Densmore
Liberty DeVitto
Dave DiCenso
Marko Djordjevic
Warren "Baby" Dodds
John Dolmayan
Peter Donald
Virgil Donati
Brian Downey
Hamid Drake
Martin Drew
The Drumbassadors
Billy Drummond
Aynsley Dunbar
Sheila E.
Phil Ehart
Dave Elitch
Paul Elliott
Sonny Emory
Peter Erskine
Dom Famularo
Pierre Favre
Steve Ferrone
Anton Fig
Vera Figueiredo
Sammy Figueroa
Larry Finn
Eric Fischer
Mick Fleetwood
D.J. Fontana
Hannah Ford
Al Foster
Panama Francis
Brian Frasier-Moore
Josh Freese
Kiko Freitas
Steve Gadd
James Gadson
Richie Gajate-Garcia
David Garibaldi
Mel Gaynor
Andy Gillmann
Daniel Glass
Evelyn Glennie
Jim Gordon
Danny Gottlieb
Jimmy DeGrasso
Rick Gratton
Eric Kamau Gravatt
Benny Greb
Sonny Greer
Rayford Griffin
Dave Grohl
Freddie Gruber
Donny Gruendler
Mark Guiliana
Terreon Gully
Trilok Gurtu
Ralf Gustke
Tomas Haake
Wolfgang Haffner
Omar Hakim
Matt Halpern
Chico Hamilton
Jeff Hamilton
Lionel Hampton
Jake Hanna
Eric Harland
Buddy Harman
Gavin Harrison
Mickey Hart
Billy Hart
Steve Hass
Fritz Hauser
Roger Hawkins
Taylor Hawkins
Louis Hayes
Roy Haynes
Richie Hayward
Albert Tootie Heath
Hernan Hecht
Levon Helm
Don Henley
Joey Heredia
Horacio Hernandez
Raymond Herrera
Claus Hessler
Gerald Heyward
Giovanni Hidalgo
Billy Higgins
Jon Hiseman
Ari Hoenig
Gene Hoglan
Rodney Holmes
Steve Houghton
Daniel Humair
Gary Husband
Zakir Hussain
Greg Hutchinson
Susie Ibarra
Tommy Igoe
Tris Imboden
Al Jackson
Bobby Jarzombek
Akira Jimbo
Jack DeJohnette
Mike Johnston
Elvin Jones
Harold Jones
Hilary Jones
Papa Jo Jones
Philly Joe Jones
Randy Jones
Rufus "Speedy" Jones
Steve Jordan
Joey Jordison
Jonathan Joseph
Manu Katché
Senri Kawaguchi
Jim Keltner
Will Kennedy
Billy Kilson
George Kollias
Glenn Kotche
Joey Kramer
Bill Kreutzmann
Gene Krupa
Russ Kunkel
Joe La Barbera
Abe Laboriel, jr.
Gene Lake
Don Lamond
Thomas Lang
Dave Langguth
Shannon Larkin
Pete LaRoca Sims
Karl Latham
Rick Latham
Trevor Lawrence Jr.
Ricky Lawson
Chris Layton
Tommy Lee
Felix M. Lehrmann
Paul Leim
Stan Levey
Mel Lewis
Victor Lewis
Pete Lockett
Dave Lombardo
Larrie Londin
Hakim Ludin
Ray Luzier
Mike Mangini
Shelly Manne
Brian "Brain" Mantia
Sherrie Maricle
Rick Marotta
John Marshall
Billy Martin
Pedrito Martinez
Harvey Mason
Nick Mason
Dave Mattacks
Phil Maturano
JoJo Mayer
Nicko McBrain
Joe McCarthy
George "Spanky" McCurdy
Jason McGerr
Marvin McQuitty
Buddy Miles
Butch Miles
Russ Miller
Marco Minnemann
Mitch Mitchell
Joseph Ziggy Modeliste
Jonathan Moffett
Drori Mondlak
Keith Moon
Eric Moore
Stanton Moore
Steve Moore
Airto Moreira
Joe Morello
Rod Morgenstein
Joe Morris
Nate Morton
Paul Motian
Famadou Don Moye
Alphonse Mouzon
Jonathan Mover
Moritz Mueller
Idris Muhammad
Larry Mullen Jr.
Narada
Lewis Nash
Sandy Nelson
Andy Newmark
Jost Nickel
Anika Nilles
Gary Novak
Adam Nussbaum
Volkan Oektem
Jamie Oldaker
Nigel Olsson
John Otto
Ian Paice
Carl Palmer
Earl Palmer
Francis Panama
Toss Panos
Chris Parker
Leon Parker
Vinnie Paul
Jim Payne
Sonny Payne
Neil Peart
Shawn Pelton
Clarence Penn
Chris Pennie
Karl Perazzo
Stephen Perkins
Charli Persip
Ralph Peterson
Pat Petrillo
Simon Phillips
Felix Pollard
Joe Porcaro
Jeff Porcaro
Mike Portnoy
Cozy Powell
Bobby Previte
Thomas Pridgen
Aquiles Priester
Dafnis Prieto
Tito Puente
Bernard Purdie
Alvin Queen
Jeff Queen
Questlove
Johnny Rabb
Tobias Ralph
Raul Rekow
Walfredo Reyes
Walfredo Reyes, Jr.
Buddy Rich
Dannie Richmond
Sean Rickman
Alex Riel
Kariem Riggins
Ben Riley
Herlin Riley
Jim Riley
John Riley
Ringo
Chip Ritter
Max Roach
John "J.R." Robinson
Pete LaRoca Sims
Derek Roddy
Mickey Roker
Bobby Rondinelli
Joel Rosenblatt
Tony Royster Jr.
Ilan Rubin
Phil Rudd
Daniel Sadownick
Bobby Sanabria
Antonio Sanchez
Poncho Sanchez
Mongo Santamaria
Cindy Blackman Santana
Mark Schulman
Jon Bermuda Schwartz
Denny Seiwell
Danny Seraphine
Paco Séry
Chad Sexton
Gil Sharone
Ed Shaughnessy
Michael Shrieve
Pete LaRoca Sims
Eric Singer
Zutty Singleton
Chad Smith
Marvin "Smitty" Smith
Nate Smith
Steve Smith
Ash Soan
Ed Soph
Matt Sorum
Aaron Spears
David Stanoch
Zak Starkey
John "Jabo" Starks
Ringo Starr
Bill Stewart
Nisan Stewart
Clyde Stubblefield
Fredy Studer
Todd Sucherman
James "The Rev" Sullivan
Grady Tate
Art Taylor
Mel Taylor
Roger Taylor
John Tempesta
Aaron Thier
Ed Thigpen
Ahmir Questlove Thompson
Chester Thompson
Top Secret Drum Corps
Pat Torpey
Tico Torres
Dave Tough
Nat Townsley
Ron Tutt
Lars Ulrich
Vadrum
Andrea Vadrucci

Christian Vander
Alex Van Halen
Ronnie Vannucci
Nana Vasconcelos
Carlos Vega
Glen Velez
Ronnie Verrell
Johnny Vidacovich
Nick D'Virgilio
Chad Wackerman
Nasheet Waits
Narada Michael Walden
Bill Ward
Billy Ward
Kenny Washington
Derico Watson
Charlie Watts
Jeff "Tain" Watts
Chick Webb
Dave Weckl
Max Weinberg
Klaus Weiss
Paul Wertico
George Wettling
Alan White
Lenny White
Steve White
Pete Wilhoit
Brad Wilk
Tony Williams
Matt Wilson
Shadow Wilson
Sam Woodyard
Pete York
Pete Zeldman
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Buddy Rich Memorial 2012
© Steve Maher





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Bill Frisell - Charlie Haden
I LU KRON
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Ginger Baker
...speaks about Drumming
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Master at Work...




Ginger Baker...
Ginger Baker was born Peter Edward Baker in Lewisham, South London on 19 August 1939.

As a teen, he trained and competed as a racing cyclist, developing strong leg muscles which later contributed to his skill on the double bass drums. Ginger had always planned on becoming a professional cyclist, until he bought his first drum kit at the age of 15. Baker was keenly interested in modern art and jazz, a rebellious beatnik with an eccentric appearance and artistic flair. Later, he would become interested in sculpture, painting, rally driving and polo. It was his wide range of interests which led Ginger to take up the trumpet in the local Air Training Corp band. Watching the drummer gave Ginger the idea of playing drums himself.

Ginger recalls his first experience on drums: "I had been into drums from a listening point of view for quite a time. I used to bang on the table with knives and forks and drive everybody mad. I used to get the kids at school dancing by banging rhythms on the school desk! They kept on at me to sit in with this band. The band wasn't very keen, but in the end I sat in and played the bollocks off their drummer. And that was the first time I'd sat on a kit. I heard one of the band turn round and say: 'Christ, we've got a drummer' and I thought, 'Hello, this is something I can do'."

After playing for only a few months, Ginger got a job with a local trad jazz band led by Bob Wallis. At the age of 16, he quit his job, left home, and spent a year on the road. After some time, Ginger got fed up with his kit. With his characteristic achiever's attitude, he decided to make his own: "I got this great idea for using Perspex," recalls Ginger. "It was like wood to work on, but it was smooth, and it would save painting the inside of the drum shell with gloss paint. So I bent the shells and shaped them over a gas stove." Ginger made the kit in 1961 and used it until 1966, when he bought his first Ludwig set. Sadly, it was this home-made set that Jack Bruce would demolish with his upright bass in an on-stage brawl with Baker during the Graham Bond days. Bruce later recalled that the kit sounded spectacular -- like no other kit he'd heard before.

Listening to records, Ginger absorbed the playing of Baby Dodds and Alton Red. Then he discovered Max Roach. Applying Roach's technique, Ginger's wild and unconventional playing got him fired from a few bands, but ultimately it would develop into the rhythmic genius that would astound drummers around the world. Moving on to London's West End, he got another band job: "I got a reading gig, and I couldn't read. I had to learn to read music in a fortnight, to get the gig. It took me a week to find out what a repeat sign meant. I couldn't figure out why I was getting to the end of a part and the band was still playing!"

During the early 1960s, Ginger played in many jazz ensembles, striving to become a part of London's modern jazz circuit. His passionate and unconventional style, not to mention his short temper, were considered too disturbing. Says Ginger, "In those days I played like a madman and got emotionally involved with the music. Some people don't like that. They feel they are losing control of the band. A lot of drummers played what they heard on record. I was always playing myself. I had influences, obviously, but when I was playing modern jazz I was always accused of being a rock'n'roller because I need to lay down an off-beat. But then, so did Art Blakey. They didn't like this loud drummer playing off-beats, and getting the audience clapping their hands, and dancing about. That was most uncalled for. You were supposed to sit up and listen and drink your drink. But I never considered myself a rock'n'roller, I was always a jazzer."

In 1962, Ginger entered the R&B scene, joining Alexis Korner's Blues Incorporated in August of that year, taking over as drummer on the recommendation of Charlie Watts. One night, the late great modern jazz drummer Phil Seamen came to hear Ginger. They later practised and talked together. "Phil heard me play in the All-Niter Club which used to be the Flamingo on Wardour Street," Ginger recalls. "Tubby Hayes (the sax player) had apparently been in there and heard me and ran over to Ronnie Scott's Club and told Phil to come down and hear me. When I got off stage I was suddenly confronted by my hero."

In February 1963, Ginger, Graham Bond, and Jack Bruce left Alexis Korner to form the Graham Bond Organisation. Ginger stayed with Bond until 1966 when he formed CREAM.

The Bond years were tremendously exciting for Ginger and for the British R&B scene; jazz guitar great John McLaughlin would join the Graham Bond Organisation, then later tenor sax man Dick Heckstall-Smith. During those years, Ginger developed a ferocious approach to drumming which would stun the world during his high-profile days with CREAM. Ginger would add a touch of jazz technique to the rock form, becoming probably the first true jazz-rock fusion drummer.

Even today, great musicians hail Ginger as the greatest drummer of the rock genre, though thepublic at large has given him less credit than he deserves.























Buddy Rich Memorial 2012
© Steve Maher




Buddy Rich Memorial 2012
© Steve Maher





Ginger Baker - Pee Wee Ellis




CREAM REUNION 2005 - Royal Albert Hall - London





© JillFurmanovsky








Royal Albert Hall 2005








Buddy Rich Memorial 2012
© Steve Maher



Cathy Rich - Ginger Baker







with Yard Gavrilovic - Drumtechnician








THE CREAM
Ginger Baker - Eric Clapton - Jack Bruce































Zildjian Award 2009
© Mark Pusey








performed with:

Cream
Blind Faith
Airforce
Ginger Baker Trio
Graham Bond Organis.
Charlie Haden
Bill Frisell
Gary Brooker
Jack Bruce
Eric Clapton
Peter Frampton
Simon Kirke
Ringo Starr
Masters of reality

.....and many more




















































Zildjian Award 2009
© Mark Pusey





Zildjian Award 2009
© Mark Pusey











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