Ginger Baker bringing his crazy self to D.C.

June 26, 2014
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When we last caught up with legendary jazz/rock drummer Ginger Baker, he was punching documentary filmmaker Jay Bulger in the nose on a ranch in South Africa. Must have asked the wrong question.

That was in 2008, and Baker — known for Cream, Blind Faith and sheer lunacy — had been living there in obscurity with emphysema and a herd of horses for nearly a decade.

Bulger, a Washington native, went on to win a big South by Southwest award for the documentary in March 2012. A month later, Baker popped up in London with a new funk and jazz band, featuring Pee Wee Ellis on tenor sax, Alex Dankworth on bass and Abass Dodoo on percussion. They debuted to sold-out shows.
And now they are coming here. They perform at 8 p.m. Friday at Howard Theater. Tickets are $42.50 to $80. Not too bad, and it can’t possibly be boring.

Lynn Medford is the editor of The Washington Post Magazine.
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