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Lorraine Baker Quartet : A Tribute to Ed Blackwell  -  Sun Nov 11, 2018  |  08:00 pm
Admission £ 8.00 ( £ 6.00 concessions)
There were few more important drummers in the second half of the 20th century than the great Ed Blackwell, who came to prominence with the classic Ornette Coleman Quartet and went on to be a key collaborator with such pioneering titans as Eric Dolphy, Charlie Haden and Dewey Redman. His free-wheeling fusion of New Orleans drumming with bebop and African rhythms has been a major influence on creative drummers ever since.

It’s fitting, then, that Lorraine Baker comes to the Bridge with ‘Eden’, her own tribute to Blackwell, because she also is developing an approach that is unmistakably her own. Indeed, when she took part in a workshop led by internationally acclaimed drummer Jeff Williams, he praised her “unique style”, commenting that she “doesn’t sound like anybody else”.

It’s a skill that she’s been honing since taking up the drums at the age of twelve, and which was rewarded when in 2009 she graduated from Trinity Laban with First Class Honours. Since then she has worked extensively with such figures as Julian Siegel, Simon Purcell and Christine Tobin, but a career highlight was performing the Don Cherry composition ‘Guinea’ with bassist Dave Holland - an experience which inspired her to form her current star-studded quartet and to explore the legacy of Cherry’s drummer-of-choice, Ed Blackwell.

With funding from Jazz Services the quartet has recorded its debut album, and they come to Newcastle both as part of the album launch tour, and as part of our ‘Women Make Music’ series.

Tickets are available from Reflex CD (0191 260 3246) or online from

This concert is financially assisted by the PRS Foundation