Drummers' delight at Ronnie Scott's

Drummers Ginger Baker, Greg Errico, Terry Bozzio and Gene Lake and their bands are set to raise Ronnie’s roof this summer

The set list at Ronnie Scott’s, London for this summer/autumn features four masters of jazz and funk drumming, with Cream’s Ginger Baker, Sly & The Family Stone’s Greg Errico, Frank Zappa bandmate Terry Bozzio, and Gene Lake, son of jazz saxophonist Oliver Lake.

Ginger Baker takes to Ronnie’s stage for two nights on Thursday 3 and Friday 4 July with his quartet Jazz Confusion (pictured), featuring Alec Dankworth on bass, Pee Wee Ellis on saxophone and Abass Dodoo on percussion. Making his name with Cream and Blind Faith in the 60s, Baker has long declared jazz his true medium and with Jazz Confusion gives full rein to his jazz/bebop/afrobeat leanings. He’ll also be playing from his first album release in 15 years, Why?, with doors opening at 6pm and tickets from £45 to £60.

Sly & The Family Stone founding member Greg Errico will play at Ronnie’s on Thursday 17 and Friday 18 July along with two other original members of the pioneering funk/psychedelia band, saxophonist Jerry Martini and trumpeter Cynthia Robinson. Listed number 1 in Rhythm magazine’s 100 most influential drummers of all time, Errico has also collaborated with Weather Report, David Bowie, Santana and the Grateful Dead. For his two nights at Ronnie’s he’ll also be joined by Blaise Sison on bass, guitarist Nate Wingfield and vocalist Alex Davis, with doors opening at 6pm and tickets from £35 to £55.

Rounding off July’s drumming theme is Terry Bozzio with the Brecker Brothers Band Reunion; best known for his work with Frank Zappa in the 70s, Bozzio has also played with the likes of Herbie Hancock, Jeff Beck and Steve Vai over the years. He’ll play three nights at Ronnie’s from Tuesday 22 to Thursday 24 July, with doors opening at 6pm and tickets from £60 to £85.

September’s roster at Ronnie’s will see drummer Gene Lake play three nights with the David Sanborn Trio, from 24 to 26 September. Son of jazz saxophonist Oliver Lake, the St Louis-born drummer has played across a wide variety of genres from avant-garde jazz to fusion to rap with collaborators including Henry Threadgill, Joe Zawinul and Screaming Headless Torsos. Doors open at 6pm with tickets from £60 to £85.

Tickets for all four artists’ shows can be booked online at ronniescotts.co.uk, where you can also find more information about each gig.

Sally Evans-Darby

Photo by Alexis Maryon

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