Ginger Baker, often credited with virtually inventing the hard rock drum solo, will be playing for one night only at Havana New Hope on June 21 at 8 p.m.
Baker’s first gig was with the Graham Bond Organization in his native London, where he met bass player Jack Bruce.
Baker, Bruce and guitarist Eric Clapton founded the rock band Cream in 1966. One of the most influential rock bands of all time, Cream broke up in 1968 after producing two albums, and altering the face of rock n’ roll music.
Beside his long drum solos, his 5-minute performance on “Toad” from the 1966 album Fresh Cream perhaps the most renowned, Baker also pushed the technical bounds of percussion by using two bass drums and the ‘flam’ technique, where both sticks hit the drum simultaneously to create a big, booming sound.
In the last couple of years, Baker has toured with the Ginger Baker Jazz Confusion quartet. Although considered one of the most influential rock drummers of all time, Baker prefers to be known as a jazz drummer, and that’s what one can expect to hear at the concert.
Tickets for the June 21 concert are $75 and can be purchased online. Limited reserved tables, bar stools, and loft chairs are available. Doors are at 6 p.m., and the show starts at 8 p.m.
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