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Ginger Baker 1939-2019

The Cream founder and Rock and Roll Hall of Famer always considered himself a jazz drummer

Ginger Baker

Ginger Baker, a British drummer who, though steeped in jazz technique, became one of the most influential percussionists in rock music, died October 6 at a hospital in Canterbury, Kent, in the southeast of England. He was 80.

Baker’s death was announced by his family in a statement posted to his official Twitter account. A victim of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, he had been critically ill for about two weeks prior to his passing, and had for several years experienced ill health.

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Michael J. West

Michael J. West is a jazz journalist in Washington, D.C. In addition to his work on the national and international jazz scenes, he has been covering D.C.’s local jazz community since 2009. He is also a freelance writer, editor, and proofreader, and as such spends most days either hunkered down at a screen or inside his very big headphones. He lives in Washington with his wife and two children.