Preview: Ginger Baker in Stratford

Former Cream drummer Ginger Baker plays Stratford Circus in September alongside Pee Wee Ellis, legendary composer of The Chicken

Bassist Jack Bruce has said Cream was a jazz trio but "we didn't tell Eric". The activities of Cream drummer Ginger Baker have often underlined the idea of the trio's jazz credentials and lately Baker has been further expressing that notion in his quartet Jazz Confusion.

Ginger brings his vision of jazz-plus to Stratford in east London this September, as part of Stratford Circus’s line-up of international musicians for the autumn.

Reviewed in JJ by Fred Grand as “cracking that elusive jazz nut once and for all” in July 2012, the band will feature tenor sax player Pee Wee Ellis (who played with James Brown for many years), bassist Mike Mondesir (replacing Alec Dankworth) and Ghanaian percussionist Abass Dodoo.

Once voted as “the musician least likely to survive the sixties”, Baker has spent much of the last decades abroad. Returning to the UK strongly influenced by world music, particularly African and tribal rhythms, Baker has also recently featured in a biopic of his life, the critically acclaimed Beware Of Mr Baker.

Jazz Confusion at Stratford Circus will combine the music of Thelonious Monk, Wayne Shorter and Sonny Rollins with original compositions from both Baker and Ellis.

The quartet will play at Stratford Circus, near to the Olympic site in Newham, London, at 7.30pm on Friday 20 September 2013. Tickets (£18) are now on sale via or by calling the box office on 0844 357 2625.

Sally Evans-Darby

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