EFG London Jazz Festival 2018

Lorraine Baker’s Eden

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Last Show: Wednesday 21 st November 2018

PizzaExpress Jazz Club (Soho)

Rising star Lorraine Baker bursts onto the London Jazz Scene to launch her debut album ‘Eden’. Her individual style has gained attention from top international musicians, describing her playing as “magical” and “deeply rooted in the tradition of the greats.”

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Lorraine Baker is a drummer, percussionist and bandleader. Originally from Kent, she started playing the drums for a local swing band when she was 14 years old. She gained a great deal of valuable experience here and went on to graduate from Trinity Laban with First Class Honours in 2009.

Lorraine is embarking on a 19 date UK tour to support the launch of her debut album “Eden,” released on independent jazz label Spark!, and funded by the Jazz Services Recording Support Scheme along with a successful Kickstarter crowdfunding campaign.

Inspiration for this album came from a unique experience, when Lorraine gained the opportunity to perform the Don Cherry tune “Guinea” with international bassist Dave Holland, who had played and recorded with Ed Blackwell himself. Lorraine has always admired the dance-like quality of Blackwell’s playing, and has crafted her latest project with the drums at the centre, re-arranging tunes that Blackwell famously played and adding exciting modern compositional twists. Tracks include ‘Dakar Dance;’ a drum-heavy, infectious riff-based tune, ‘Thumbs Up;’ a raw fusion of progressive rock and afro groove, and ‘Blues Connotation;’ with an agitated, edgy introduction exploding into hard driving swing.

Critically acclaimed pianist and mentor Liam Noble features on the album, who will be replaced by the incredible John Turville for the tour. Lorraine’s lifelong musical partner Paul Michael features heavily on electric bass and the quartet is completed by the multi award winning Binker Golding on tenor saxophone. Lorraine has performed at many prestigious venues including Tokyo Opera House, Ronnie Scott’s Jazz Club, and the Royal Albert Hall amongst many more. 

Band Lineup

Lorraine Baker (drums)

Paul Michael (electric bass)

John Turville (piano)

Binker Golding (tenor saxophone)