Jack Bruce
British musician
Jack Bruce
John Symon Asher "Jack" Bruce is a Scottish musician and songwriter, respected as a founding member of the British psychedelic rock power trio, Cream, for a solo career that spans several decades, and for his participation in several well-known musical ensembles.
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Eleven More Bass Players Who Belong in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame
Huffington Post - 3 months
"You ask the average person what a bass is, or what a bass sounds like, and most of the time, they don't know. But remove the bass from any piece of music and suddenly it becomes the largest missing piece in the world! Whoa, fifty percent of the music just went away with one instrument! It is an instrument that is much more conspicuous by its absence than by its presence..." As told to this writer by Michael J. Visceglia, bassist, author, educator, recording artist The 2017 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame nominees were revealed a few weeks ago and I congratulate all the artists: Bad Brains, Chaka Khan, Chic, Depeche Mode, Electric Light Orchestra, J. Geils Band, Jane's Addiction, Janet Jackson, Joan Baez, Joe Tex, Journey, Kraftwerk, MC 5, Pearl Jam, Steppenwolf, The Cars, The Zombies, Tupac Shakur, and Yes. Some of the choices are obvious to me, some less so. A few leave me bewildered, but that's rock and roll...the mistakes make the music real. And I see that a few of the nomi ...
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Hot 'Effing' Tuna Takes the Beacon Theater By Storm
Huffington Post - about 2 years
It's often been said, "There's nothing like a Grateful Dead concert." While that's certainly true, there is also nothing like a Hot Tuna concert. Unlike Dead Heads, Tuna Fans tend to be more rowdy and aggressive, less "Peace and Love, man" and more likely to scream out "Hot Fuckin Tuna" to regularly startle everybody. The most recent Beacon Theater' Hot Tuna' concert on December 13, 2014 was exemplary in every way. And, it was the Beacon Theater that always makes it a grand Tuna affair. When Jorma Kaukonen and Jack Casady play together, whether it's an acoustic show or righteously electric, Hot Tuna fans show up in force. And they're generally not playing hackey sack or selling bean sprout wraps in the parking lot. Much more likely to find them in close-by bars drinking beer and talking about "Come Back Baby" from the Capitol Theater in Passaic, New Jersey on 11/20/76. While rowdier, Hot Tuna fans love their Jack & Jorma and each other. When Jack & Jo ...
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Ralph A. Miriello: Notes on Jazz's Annual 4th of July Living Legends of Jazz Celebration
Huffington Post - over 3 years
Jimmy Cobb photo by Lena Ashasheva ©2013 Another year has passed since Notes on Jazz published its annual Living Legend of Jazz feature. This is the fourth such compilation, a yearly reminder and a joyful celebration of the artistry and longevity of jazz artists that have been living in our midst. With each year we marvel at some familiar new members who have entered into the ranks of the Living Legends. The criteria are uncomplicated, simply induct any musician, working or retired who has reached their seventieth birthday and has contributed to the canon of the music, keeping the spirit and tradition of the music alive. They could be relatively obscure or internationally recognized, but in their own way they made a difference. Many of us grew up with these artists and have followed their careers through the years. As this is an organic list, ever-changing, like the music, its ranks are added to and depleted each year. Sadly, since last July 4th, ,we have continued to lo ...
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Marshall Fine: Movie Review: Beware of Mr. Baker
Huffington Post - about 4 years
With baby boomers heading into retirement, there's been a bull market on biographies and documentaries about baby-boomer rock-star heroes. There's a sense of summing up, of valedictory in the recent pile-up of books and movies by and about Neil Young, David Geffen, the Rolling Stones, Pete Townsend and Rod Stewart. So it's refreshing to see a film that goes to the opposite extreme of hagiography: Jay Bulger's Beware of Mr. Baker. This intense, imaginative and wild little film celebrates an unrepentant madman, one of rock'n'roll's surprise survivors, drummer Ginger Baker. Indeed, while Keith Richards always topped the early-mid-1970s chart of rock stars most likely to suffer an untimely demise, Baker was always in the top five -- at least until he seemed to topple out of sight sometime in the early-to-mid-1980s. I always assumed he had died -- though I guess I also always assumed that I would have heard about it if he had. There are a couple of generations of music fan ...
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Chris Kompanek: On the Culture Front: North Sea Jazz Festival and Beyond
Huffington Post - over 4 years
I found myself in Rotterdam this summer covering the North Sea Jazz Festival, one of the largest of its kind that takes place each year in the seaside Dutch town just outside of the more famous "dam." For those like Benjamin Schwarz who proclaimed jazz was dead in a recent article, North Sea stands defiantly vibrant. Stretching over a long weekend in July, a wide range of bands representing jazz past, present and future fill 11 stages for an exceptionally immersive experience. I was surprised at first that this event is held almost entirely indoors (in an oversized convention hall-like space) but soon realized that it allowed for easier maneuvering between stages. Instead of having to walk across a mud soaked field, the next concert was just down a short hallway or up an escalator. It's a crazy maze, to be sure, but one that is a delight to snake through. As with most festivals, conflicts are inevitable and I ended up missing some great musicians -- like McCoy Tyner pl ...
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How To Rock Out With Alice Cooper, Dave Navarro & Gene Simmons
Huffington Post - over 4 years
By Iain Blair LOS ANGELES, Sept 6 (Reuters) - After traveling the world and giving aspiring musicians a chance to jam with their favorite stars, the Rock 'n' Roll Fantasy Camp announced Thursday it was setting up a permanent home in Las Vegas. Starting in October, aspiring rockers who have dreamed of playing with their musical heroes can sign up for the camp's courses at the MGM Grand hotel and casino. Upcoming camps will feature rock legends as Roger Daltrey, Jack Bruce, Alice Cooper, Dave Navarro, Sammy Hagar, Gene Simmons and Vince Neil. Camp founder David Fishof, a former manager and tour producer for Ringo Starr and The Monkees, said he had been looking for a permanent location for some time to cope with growing demand. "It gets bigger every year," said Fishof. He estimated that since its start, over 7,000 rock star wannabes have attended the camps, which have been held six times a year in vari ...
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Death Notices
Cartersville Patch - over 4 years
The following funeral arrangements and/or death notices were published by Owen Funeral Home:   William Mark Shaw—Dec. 10, 1958-June 20, 2012 Betty Mae Anderson—June 18, 1944-June 14, 2012 Nancy Ernestine Barnes—Aug. 26, 1939-June 19, 2012 Thurman William Berry—May 31, 1945-June 14, 2012 Charles Forest Chambers—Feb. 3, 1946-June 18, 2012 Gladys Howren Cox—May 17, 1913-June 16, 2012 Mildred Mae Hansard—May 1, 1914-June 16, 2012 Lassie Ann Spry—Feb. 7, 1920-June 16, 2012 Barbara Charlene James—Mar. 7, 1937-June 15, 2012 Cassie Genell Smith—Aug. 17, 1932-June 15, 2012 Eulane Lankford—May 3, 1922-June 15, 2012 Helen Massey Haney—Sept. 14, 1935-June 12, 2012 Wiley Franklin Waits—April 7, 1938-June 12, 2012 Alice Mae Fowler—May 6, 1930-June 9, 2012 Roy Donald Hinson—Aug. 26, 1932-June 9, 2012 "Julian" Monroe Irvin—Dec. 17, 1955-June 8, 2012 Edna Lee Walters—Jan. 28, 1919-June 8, 2012 William David Hannah—Aug. 19, 1984-June 5, 2012 Bi ...
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‘Strong interest’ in music festival
Bury Free Press - over 4 years
TICKETS are selling well for a talent laden music festival in Bury St Edmunds. Organisers of Abbey Fest say there has been ‘strong interest’ in the three day event, which runs from July 20 to 22 in the Abbey Gardens. Now in its second year, the festival boasts a varied line up with each day covering a different musical genre including folk, pop, soul jam, soft rock and easy listening. Acts range from Bellowhead to The Cutouts, Rose Royce,Jack Bruce and his Big Blues Band as well as The Wattisham Military Wives Choir. Promoter John Hessenthaler said: “The interest has been very strong and I think it’s a strong bill. Last year it went really well.” He started his career as a promoter in the mid-70s and the first gigs he organised were for the Corn Exchange, in Bury, with names such as The Clash. Mr Hassenthaler launched the festival because he felt there was ‘a gap in the market place for mass interest and name acts’. When asked which acts he is eager to see, he said: “I look forw ...
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Death Notices
Cartersville Patch - over 4 years
The following funeral arrangements and/or death notices were published by Owen Funeral Home: William David Hannah—Aug. 19, 1984-June 5, 2012 Billy Wayne Ruff—May 18, 1946-June 6, 2012 James Stephens Veres Jr.—Aug. 29, 1961-June 4, 2012 Charles Samuel Tuten—Dec. 24, 1946-June 4, 2012 Sarah Florence Sawyer—Aug. 22, 1930-June 2, 2012  Ruby D. Ward—Nov. 29, 1921-June 3, 2012 Betty Jean Cochran—Oct. 9, 1929-June 3, 2012 Ruth Marie Endress—June 4, 1927-May 31, 2012 Beth Parker Leary—Oct. 9, 1968-May 30, 2012 Naomi Ruth Ezell—June 17, 1929-May 30, 2012 Robert Ed Hicks—Oct. 16, 1936-May 29, 2012 Mitchell Lee White—Nov. 10, 1945-May 28, 2012 Timothy (Tim) Baxter—Jan. 1, 1960-May 26, 2012 Jack Bruce—Aug. 7, 1935-May 25, 2012 Murl Marvin Silvers—May 23, 1962-May 22, 2012 Eddie Lee Smith—Aug. 6, 1947-May 22, 2012 Christie Anne Smith—Jan. 17, 1970-May 18, 2012 Irene Holbrooks—June 22, 1942-May 17, 2012 Beverly Lois Howard—Nov. 22, 192 ...
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Whitney tribute concert at Abbey Fest
Bury Free Press - almost 5 years
ABBEY Fest has announced a glittering addition to its Saturday night event at the Abbey Gardens in Bury St Edmunds with a tribute to the late Whitney Houston. Award winning community choir Funky Voices is joining with Ipswich’s Got Talent 2011 winner Natasha Staffieri for the evening’s Pop and Soul Jam. Natasha, who was thwarted by lack of funds in being able to follow her career path at the Mountview Adademy of Theatre Arts, has a busy year ahead and is looking forward to the Bury S t Edmunds gig. Already signed up for the three day showcase is Bellowhead, Jack Bruce, Steve Hackett and The Idiot Bast**d Show and Band among others. For more information go to www.abbeygardensdfestival.co.uk
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Jack Bruce joins Abbey Fest last night
Bury Free Press - almost 5 years
Jack Bruce and The Big Blues Band are among the final top line up for this year’s Abbey Fest in the Abbey Gardens in July.
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Letter: Creme de la Cream
Yorkshire Evening Post - almost 5 years
MY wife and I went to see Jack Bruce (bass guitarist with a band called Cream in the 60s, to those readers below the age of 50 who may/will not have heard of him) at the Grand Opera House in York.
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Bonnaroo 2012: Red Hot Chili Peppers, Skrillex, Bon Iver, More
MTV News - about 5 years
Phish, Radiohead, Blackstar, Civil Wars, Roots, Beach Boys also on the bill. By Gil Kaufman <P>The lineup for the 11th annual Bonnaroo Festival features a powerhouse lineup for headliners including Radiohead, Red Hot Chili Peppers and Phish, along with some recent <a href="http://www.mtv.com/news/grammys">Grammy</a> <a href="/news/articles/1678701/grammy-winners-list.jhtml">winners</a> such as <a href="/news/articles/1679107/grammys-2012-bon-iver-best-new-artist.jhtml">Bon Iver</a> and <a href="/news/articles/1679070/grammys-2012-skrillex-wins.jhtml">EDM star Skrillex</a>.</P><P></p><div class="player-placeholder right" title="How Does Skrillex Feel About Being The Poster Child For EDM?" id="vid:732060.id:1678854" width="240" height="211"></div><p></P><P>As alwa ...
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Drake, Dr. Dre, Snoop Dogg & More at 2011 BMI Urban Awards: Watch - Billboard
Google News - over 5 years
Resplendent in a red sequined shirt and matching pants, Collins says the upcoming FU curriculum will feature special guest professors Verdine White of Earth, Wind & Fire, Ron Carter, Jack Bruce, Stanley Clarke and Larry Graham
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LIVE: Colne's Great British Rhythm and Blues Festival updates - Lancashire Telegraph
Google News - over 5 years
This year's highlights on the International Stage include Jack Bruce, the Animals and Friends with Steve Cropper, Robin Trower, and the Gary Fletcher Band, featuring Pick Withers – original drummer with Dire Straits. From the USA there will be James
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What's on: Bank holiday events in East Lancashire - Burnley and Pendle Citizen
Google News - over 5 years
Highlights include the Wilko Johnson Band, Sherman Robertson, Jack Bruce, Mavis Staples, Cherry Lee Mewis and Cliff Stockers Legendary Slack Alice and Friends. The Urban Culture Jam Festival returns for a second year on Monday at Accrington Skate Park,
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Dishonored is a Somethingpunk Shooter for Everyone. That Could Be the Problem. - Kotaku
Google News - over 5 years
Dishonored reminds me a bit of a rock and roll supergroup with an overambitious debut: someone might have to tell Jack Bruce that this is still going to mostly be a lead guitar album. (Or to put it in a way that those of you not conceived in the head
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Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Jack Bruce
  • 2014
    Age 70
    Bruce's remains were later cremated and then buried at a private family ceremony on 31 December 2014 at the Golders Green Crematorium.
    More Details Hide Details Writing in The Sunday Times in 2008, Dan Cairns had suggested: "many consider him to be one of the greatest bass players of all time." Steve Anderson, writing in The Independent said ".. he became one of the most famous and influential bass players in rock." Roger Waters of Pink Floyd recently described Bruce as "probably the most musically gifted bass player who's ever been." Eric Clapton posted on Facebook about Bruce "He was a great musician and composer, and a tremendous inspiration to me" and composed an acoustic song in his honour and Ginger Baker wrote "I am very sad to learn of the loss of a fine man, Jack Bruce... My thoughts and wishes are with his family at this difficult time." Guitarist Leslie West, of rock group Mountain, posted on Facebook, "It is with great sadness that one of the worlds greatest musicians and bass players, who I had the honor of playing with in West Bruce and Laing, Jack Bruce has died. I was hoping somehow that we might have gotten together one last time. Rest in Peace my friend." Black Sabbath guitarist Tony Iommi said on Twitter that Bruce had been his favourite bass player, saying "He was a hero to so many" and Black Sabbath bassist Geezer Butler regarded him as his "biggest influence and favourite bass player". Guitarist John McLaughlin said on Twitter, "Very sad to have lost my old friend Jack Bruce."
    His funeral was held in London on 5 November 2014 and was attended by Clapton, Baker and noted musicians Phil Manzanera, Gary Brooker, Vernon Reid and Nitin Sawhney among others.
    More Details Hide Details Dozens assembled at the Golders Green Crematorium paying a last tribute singing "Morning Has Broken", "Strawberry Fields Forever" and "Theme for an Imaginary Western".
    This film was shown on the BBC Channel Four website on the BBC iPlayer starting on 17 November 2014 and ran for 30 days Bruce's son Malcolm Bruce pre-produced the album and played guitar on several tracks, while Bruce's daughter Aruba Red was featured on "Hidden Cities" singing backing vocals.
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    In March 2014, Bruce released Silver Rails on the Esoteric Antenna label, his first solo studio album in over a decade.
    More Details Hide Details Silver Rails was recorded at Abbey Road Studios in London, produced and mixed by Rob Cass and features contributions from Cream lyricist, Pete Brown, Kip Hanrahan and wife Margrit Seyffer as well as musicians Robin Trower, Cindy Blackman, Phil Manzanera, Uli Jon Roth, John Medeski and Bernie Marsden. The deluxe version of the album featured a behind the scenes documentary "The Making of Silver Rails" which was filmed on location at the studios and directed by Bruce's daughter Kyla Simone Bruce.
  • 2012
    Age 68
    February 2012 saw Bruce playing in Havana, Cuba, along with guitarist Phil Manzanera, supporting the mambo band of Augusto Enriquez.
    More Details Hide Details March saw another residency at Ronnie Scott's in London supported by his Big Blues Band, followed by a UK tour. The concert at the Stables, Milton Keynes on 18 March was due to be recorded as an Instant Live CD release, but technical issues prevented this. The following evenings' performance at the same location was recorded and a 2CD version issued by Instant Live. Spectrum Road, a collaboration with Vernon Reid, Cindy Blackman and John Medeski in tribute to The Tony Williams Lifetime, was released in June 2012 by the US jazz record label Palmetto Records and was accompanied by a series of dates at large jazz festivals in North America and Europe throughout June and July.
    The completed documentary Jack Bruce – The Man behind the Bass was transmitted in February 2012 by BBC Scotland.
    More Details Hide Details It featured new interviews with Bruce, Clapton, Baker and Brown. It was transmitted again on 9 November 2014 on BBC2 Scotland and on 17 November 2014 on BBC4 in the UK.
    Bruce started 2012 playing the Gerry Rafferty tribute concert in Glasgow, followed by a date with the traditional Celtic band Lau.
    More Details Hide Details BBC Scotland recorded a one-hour special on Bruce, which also included a performance with Lau.
  • 2011
    Age 67
    On 4 June 2011, Bruce played a special concert at the Royal Festival Hall in London, which was celebrating its 60th anniversary.
    More Details Hide Details The evening celebrated the 50th anniversary of the blues in Great Britain, and Bruce played with his Big Blues Band and special guest Joe Bonamassa.
    On 14 January, at the 2011 North American Music Merchants Show, Bruce became only the third recipient of the International Bassist Award, a lifetime achievement award for bassists, after Jaco Pastorius and Nathan Watts.
    More Details Hide Details His first independent CD release, Live at the Milky Way, Amsterdam 2001, featuring The Cuicoland Express, his Latin-based band of the time, was issued in October 2010. The double album received an official worldwide release, distributed by EMI in February 2011. To support this release Bruce again played four dates in London at Ronnie Scott's Jazz Club with the Ronnie Scott's Blues Experience, followed by a further ten dates across the UK with the band.
    In March 2011 Rolling Stone readers selected him as the eighth greatest bass guitarist of all time. "Most musicians would have a very hard time distinguishing themselves if they wound up in a band with Eric Clapton and Ginger Baker," the magazine said at the time, "but Jack Bruce was so gifted on the bass that he did it with ease."
    More Details Hide Details Bruce maintained a solo career that spanned several decades and also played in several musical groups. Although recognized first and foremost as a vocalist, bassist and songwriter, he also played double bass, harmonica, piano, cello and guitar. He was trained as a classical cellist and considered himself a jazz musician, although much of his catalogue of compositions and recordings tended toward rock and blues.
  • 2010
    Age 66
    His songwriting partner, Pete Brown's, biography White Rooms & Imaginary Westerns was published in September 2010.
    More Details Hide Details They each have differing recollections of forming Cream, playing and writing together.
    Composing Himself: Jack Bruce The Authorised Biography by Harry Shapiro was released by Jawbone Press in February 2010.
    More Details Hide Details Shapiro had previously written biographies of Bruce collaborators Alexis Korner, Graham Bond and Eric Clapton. The book followed biographies from his Cream bandmates Clapton (Clapton, 2007) and Baker (Hellraiser, 2009).
  • 2009
    Age 65
    In October 2009, Bruce performed at the 50th anniversary of Ronnie Scott's Club with the Ronnie Scott's Blues Band.
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    In August 2009, the 1983 Bruce solo album Automatic was re-released, making his entire solo catalogue available on CD.
    More Details Hide Details In addition, all of the discs up to and including How's Tricks contain previously unreleased material.
    During the Scottish dates of the 2009 tour Bruce was presented with an Honorary Doctorate of Letters from Glasgow Caledonian University for services to the culture of Glasgow and music in general.
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    Bruce recovered and the band played summer concerts in Italy, Norway and the UK during 2009.
    More Details Hide Details This promoted the release of the Seven Moons live CD and DVD, recorded in February during the European leg of the tour in Nijmegen, Netherlands.
    In 2009 Bruce performed in a series of concerts with Trower and Husband in Europe.
    More Details Hide Details Proposed dates in the US in April were cancelled because of a further bout of ill health.
  • 2008
    Age 64
    In November 2008 he recorded a concert in Birmingham, England for Radio Broadcast with the BBC Big Band, where he again played the Big Band arrangements of his classic songs.
    More Details Hide Details In December he was reunited with Ginger Baker at the drummer's Lifetime Achievement Award concert in London. They played jazz classics with saxophonist Courtney Pine and for the first time in 40 years played the Graham Bond–Cream classic "Traintime". The same month, Bruce, with guitarist Vernon Reid, drummer Cindy Blackman and organist John Medeski played a series of Blue Note Club tribute concerts to The Tony Williams Lifetime in Japan. These shows were broadcast in high definition on television in Japan.
    Improved health led to Bruce playing a series of live outdoor concerts across the US starting in July 2008 as part of the Hippiefest Tour.
    More Details Hide Details He was supported by members of the late Who bassist John Entwistle's The John Entwistle Band, and headlined at a tribute concert to the bassist.
    In May 2008 Bruce was 65 years old and to commemorate this milestone two box sets of recordings were released.
    More Details Hide Details Spirit is a three-CD collection of Bruce's BBC recordings from the 1970s. Can You Follow? is a six-CD retrospective anthology released by the Esoteric label in the UK. This anthology is a wide ranging collection covering his music from 1963 to 2003 and, aside from his work with Kip Hanrahan, is a comprehensive overview of his career.
    In 2008, Bruce collaborated again with guitarist Robin Trower on the album Seven Moons.
    More Details Hide Details It also featured Husband.
  • 2007
    Age 63
    In 2007, he made a brief concert appearance, opening a new rehearsal hall named in his honour at the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama, Glasgow with Clem Clempson, keyboard player Ronnie Leahy and Husband.
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  • 2006
    Age 62
    Subsequent concert appearances by Bruce were sparse because of recovery after the transplant, but in 2006 he returned to the live arena with a show of Cream and solo classics performed with the German HR (Hessischer Rundfunk) Big Band.
    More Details Hide Details This was released on CD in Germany in 2007.
  • 2005
    Age 61
    In May 2005, he reunited with former Cream bandmates Clapton and Baker for a series of well-received concerts at London's Royal Albert Hall, released as the album Royal Albert Hall London May 2-3-5-6, 2005, and New York's Madison Square Garden.
    More Details Hide Details In between the UK and US Cream dates, he also played live with Gary Moore and drummer Gary Husband at the Dick Heckstall-Smith tribute concert in London.
  • 2004
    Age 60
    He recovered, and in 2004 re-appeared to perform "Sunshine of Your Love" at a Rock Legends concert in Germany organised by the singer Mandoki.
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  • 2003
    Age 59
    In September 2003, he underwent a liver transplant, which was almost fatal, as his body initially rejected the new organ.
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    Bruce had suffered a period of declining health, after many years of addictions which he finally beat with clinical treatment, and in 2003 was diagnosed with liver cancer.
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  • 2001
    Age 57
    In 2001 Bruce reappeared with a band featuring Bernie Worrell, Vernon Reid of Living Colour on guitar and Kip Hanrahan's three-piece Latin rhythm section.
    More Details Hide Details Hanrahan also produced the accompanying album Shadows in the Air, which included a reunion with Eric Clapton on a new version of "Sunshine of Your Love". The band released another Hanrahan produced studio album, More Jack than God, in 2003, and a live DVD, Live at the Canterbury Fayre.
  • 2000
    Age 56
    Bruce continued to tour with Starr through 2000.
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  • 1997
    Age 53
    In 1997 he returned to touring as a member of Ringo Starr's All-Starr Band, which also featured Peter Frampton on guitar.
    More Details Hide Details At the gig in Denver, Colorado the band was joined onstage by Ginger Baker, and Bruce, Baker and Frampton played a short set of Cream classics.
  • 1995
    Age 51
    A low-key solo album, Monkjack, followed in 1995, featuring Bruce on piano and vocals, accompanied only by Funkadelic organist Bernie Worrell.
    More Details Hide Details Bruce then began work producing and arranging the soundtrack to the independently produced Scottish film The Slab Boys, with; Lulu, Edwyn Collins, Eddi Reader and the Proclaimers. The soundtrack album appeared in 1997.
  • 1991
    Age 47
    In 1991 he was one of the supporting musicians for Vivian Stanshall's solo show "Rawlinson Dog-ends", but quit over a lack of adequate rehearsals.
    More Details Hide Details In 1993, a solo album, Somethin Els, reunited him with Eric Clapton and brought belated, but widespread, critical acclaim. Later that year, Ginger Baker and a host of former Bruce band colleagues joined him for two special 50th birthdays concerts in Cologne, Germany, hosted by the TV show Rockpalast. Selections from these were released as the live double CD Cities of the Heart, and much later as the DVD set Rockpalast: The 50th Birthdays Concerts. One special guest was the Irish blues-rock guitarist Gary Moore, who joined Bruce and Baker for a set of Cream classics. Inspired by this performance, the three formed the power trio BBM and their subsequent (and only) album, Around the Next Dream, was a top ten hit in the UK. However, the old Bruce/Baker arguments arose again and the subsequent tour was cut short and the band broke up.
  • 1990
    Age 46
    Bruce played at the Montreux Jazz Festival in 1990, and was invited by Irish blues rock performer, Rory Gallagher (who had a long-standing relationship with Bruce, having supported Cream's farewell concert in the band Taste in 1968) to perform a couple of songs together on stage.
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  • 1989
    Age 45
    In 1989 Bruce secured his first major record deal in a decade, with Epic, and recorded A Question of Time.
    More Details Hide Details This included two tracks with Ginger Baker on drums, their first collaboration since Cream. Baker then joined Bruce's live band and toured the United States at the turn of the decade.
  • 1986
    Age 42
    In 1986 he re-recorded the Cream song "I Feel Free" and released it as a single to support an advertising campaign for the Renault 21 motor car.
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  • 1985
    Age 41
    In 1985 he sang lead and played blues harp on the song "Silver Bullet" with Anton Fier's Golden Palominos.
    More Details Hide Details It appears on the album Visions of Excess.
  • 1983
    Age 39
    In 1983 Bruce began working with the Latin/world music producer Kip Hanrahan, and released the collaborative albums Desire Develops an Edge, Vertical's Currency, A Few Short Notes from the End Run, Exotica and All Roads Are Made of the Flesh.
    More Details Hide Details They were all critically successful, and in 2001 he went on to form his own band using Hanrahan's famous Cuban rhythm section. Other than his partnership with lyricist Pete Brown, Bruce's musical relationship with Hanrahan was the most consistent and long-lasting of his career.
    In 1983, Bruce sang on tracks 5 and 6 of the Allan Holdsworth album Road Games.
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  • 1982
    Age 38
    In 1982 he married his second wife, Margrit Seyffer.
    More Details Hide Details With her he had two daughters, Natascha, known professionally as Aruba Red and Kyla, and a son Corin.
    In 1982, Bruce played with a short-lived ensemble A Gathering of Minds, composed of Billy Cobham, Allan Holdsworth, Didier Lockwood and David Sancious at Montreux.
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  • 1980
    Age 36
    A European tour followed to promote the album enlisting Bruce Gary from The Knack (who had also played in Bruce's 1975 band) on drums and Sancious from his 1980 band (Jack Bruce & Friends) on guitar and keyboards.
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    In the early 1980s, he also joined up to play with friends from his Alexis Korner days in Rocket 88, the back-to-the-roots band that Ian Stewart had arranged, and Bruce appears on the album of the same name, recorded live in Germany in 1980.
    More Details Hide Details They also recorded a "live in the studio" album called Blues & Boogie Explosion for the German audiophile record label Jeton. That year he also collaborated on the Soft Machine album Land of Cockayne (1981). In 1981, Bruce collaborated with guitarist Robin Trower and released two power trio albums, B.L.T. and Truce, the first of which was a minor hit in the US. By 1983, Bruce was no longer contracted to a major record company and released his next solo album, Automatic, on a minor German label, Intercord.
    By 1980 his career was back on track with his new band, Jack Bruce & Friends, consisting of drummer Billy Cobham, guitarist Clem Clempson and keyboardist/guitarist David Sancious.
    More Details Hide Details After releasing an album, I've Always Wanted to Do This, at the end of 1980, they undertook a long tour to support the record, but it was not a commercial success and they disbanded.
  • 1979
    Age 35
    By 1979, Bruce's drug habit had reached such a level that he had lost most of his money.
    More Details Hide Details Bruce contributed as a session musician to recordings by Cozy Powell, Gary Moore and Jon Anderson to raise money.
    In 1979 he toured with members from the Mahavishnu Orchestra, reuniting him with John McLaughlin, and introducing him to drummer Billy Cobham.
    More Details Hide Details A 3-CD collection of his 1970s BBC recordings, entitled Spirit, was released in 2008.
  • 1976
    Age 32
    In 1976 Bruce formed a new band with drummer Simon Phillips and keyboardist Tony Hymas.
    More Details Hide Details The group recorded an album, called How's Tricks. A world tour followed, but the album was a commercial failure. The follow-up album, Jet Set Jewel, was rejected at the time by Bruce's record label RSO as not being marketable, and RSO ultimately dropped Bruce from their roster.
  • 1974
    Age 30
    Also in 1974 he featured on the title track of Frank Zappa's album Apostrophe, recorded in November 1972.
    More Details Hide Details Bruce was credited with bass and co-authorship on the improvised track. When asked about Zappa in a 1992 interview, Bruce tried to change the subject and jokingly insisted that he had played only cello parts. Outtakes from the session were released on the archival release The Crux Of The Biscuit in 2016. In 1973 Bruce recorded bass guitar for Lou Reed's Berlin album, playing on all but two tracks. A 1975 tour was lined up to support the Out of the Storm album with a band featuring former Rolling Stones guitarist Mick Taylor and jazz keyboard player Carla Bley, with whom he had collaborated in 1971 on Escalator over the Hill. The tour was belatedly documented on Live at Manchester Free Trade Hall '75 (2003), but it ended with Taylor's departure, and sessions for a studio album were abandoned. During the next year, Bruce only resurfaced to play on Charlie Mariano's Helen 12 Trees album.
    The band's break-up was announced shortly before Live 'n' Kickins release in early 1974, and Bruce released his fourth solo album Out of the Storm later that year.
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  • 1972
    Age 28
    In 1972 Bruce formed a blues rock power trio, West, Bruce & Laing.
    More Details Hide Details Besides Bruce, the group included singer/guitarist Leslie West and drummer Corky Laing, both formerly of the Cream-influenced American band Mountain. West, Bruce & Laing produced two studio albums, Why Dontcha and Whatever Turns You On, and one live album, Live 'n' Kickin'.
  • 1971
    Age 27
    However, Lifetime did not receive much critical or commercial acclaim at the time, and the band broke up in 1971.
    More Details Hide Details Bruce then recorded his third solo album Harmony Row, but this was not as commercially successful as Songs for a Tailor. The song "The Consul at Sunset" from Harmony Row, which was inspired by the Malcolm Lowry novel Under the Volcano, was released as a single in 1971 (Polydor 2058-153, b/w "A Letter of Thanks"), but did not chart.
  • 1969
    Age 25
    Bruce's first solo release, Songs for a Tailor, was issued in September 1969; it too featured Heckstall-Smith and Hiseman.
    More Details Hide Details It was a worldwide hit, but after a brief supporting tour backed by Larry Coryell and Mitch Mitchell, Bruce joined the jazz fusion group Lifetime. With drummer Tony Williams, guitarist McLaughlin, and organist Larry Young, the group recorded two albums. Bruce joined on the second album, Turn It Over.
  • 1968
    Age 24
    In August 1968, before Cream officially disbanded, Bruce recorded an acoustic free jazz album with John McLaughlin, Dick Heckstall-Smith and Jon Hiseman.
    More Details Hide Details This was issued in 1970 as Bruce's second solo album, Things We Like. The album was a precursor to the jazz fusion boom in the early 1970s, and more recently has been sampled by many hip hop artists, such as Artifacts and Smif-N-Wessun.
    Cream broke up in 1968.
    More Details Hide Details Collaborative efforts with musicians, in many genres – hard rock, jazz, blues, R&B, fusion, avant-garde, world music, third stream classical – continued as a theme of Bruce's career. Alongside these he produced a long line of highly regarded solo albums. In contrast to his collaborative works, the solo albums usually maintain a common theme: melodic songs with a complex musical structure, songs with lyrics frequently penned by Pete Brown and a core band of world-class musicians. This structure was loosened on his live solo albums and DVDs, where extended improvisations similar to those employed by Cream in live performance were sometimes still used.
  • 1966
    Age 22
    In July 1966 Bruce, Eric Clapton and Ginger Baker founded the power trio Cream, which gained international recognition playing blues-rock and jazz-inflected rock music.
    More Details Hide Details Bruce sang most of the lead vocals, with Clapton backing him up and eventually assuming some leads himself. With his Gibson EB-3 electric bass, Bruce became one of the most famous bassists in rock, winning musicians' polls and influencing the next generation of bassists such as Sting, Geddy Lee and Jeff Berlin. Bruce co-wrote most of Cream's single releases with lyricist Pete Brown, including the hits "Sunshine of Your Love", "White Room" and "I Feel Free".
    After the Bluesbreakers, Bruce had his first commercial success as a member of Manfred Mann in 1966, including "Pretty Flamingo" which reached number one in the UK singles chart (one of two number one records of his career - the other being an uncredited bass part on The Scaffold's "Lily the Pink") as well as the free-wheeling and ground-breaking jazz-rock of Instrumental Asylum.
    More Details Hide Details When interviewed on the edition of the VH1 show Classic Albums which featured Disraeli Gears, Mayall said that Bruce had been lured away by the lucrative commercial success of Manfred Mann, while Mann himself recalled that Bruce attended recording sessions without having rehearsed but played songs straight through without error, commenting that perhaps the chord changes seemed obvious to Bruce. While with Manfred Mann, Bruce again collaborated with Eric Clapton as a member of Powerhouse, which also featured Spencer Davis Group vocalist Steve Winwood credited as "Steve Anglo". Three tracks were featured on the Elektra sampler album What's Shakin'. Two of the songs, "Crossroads" and "Steppin' Out", became staples in the live set of his next band, Cream.
  • 1965
    Age 21
    Relations grew so bad between the two that Bruce left the group in August 1965.
    More Details Hide Details After leaving, Bruce recorded a solo single, "I'm Gettin Tired", for Polydor Records. He joined John Mayall and his Bluesbreakers group, which featured guitarist Eric Clapton. His stay was brief and he did not appear on any releases at the time, although recordings featuring him were released later, initially on Looking Back and Primal Solos.
  • 1964
    Age 20
    In 1964 Bruce married Janet Godfrey, who had been the secretary of the Graham Bond Organisation fan club and had collaborated with Bruce on two songs written for the group.
    More Details Hide Details Together, Godfrey and Bruce had two sons, Jonas (Jo) Bruce, who grew up to play keyboards in his father's band and formed a band called AfroCelts, and Malcolm Bruce, who grew up to play the guitar with his father and played with Ginger Baker's son, Kofi. Jonas died in 1997 from respiratory problems.
  • 1963
    Age 19
    In 1963 the group broke up and Bruce went on to form the Graham Bond Quartet with Bond, Baker and guitarist John McLaughlin.
    More Details Hide Details They played an eclectic range of music genres, including bebop, blues and rhythm and blues. As a result of session work at this time, Bruce switched from the upright bass to the electric bass guitar. The move to electric bass happened as McLaughlin was dropped from the band; he was replaced by Heckstall-Smith on saxophone and the band pursued a more concise R&B sound and changed their name to the Graham Bond Organisation. The group released two studio albums and several singles but were not commercially successful. During the time that Bruce and Baker played with the Graham Bond Organisation, they were known for their hostility towards each other. There were numerous stories of the two sabotaging each other's equipment and fighting on stage.
  • 1962
    Age 18
    After leaving school he toured Italy, playing double bass with the Murray Campbell Big Band. In 1962 Bruce became a member of the London-based band Blues Incorporated, led by Alexis Korner, in which he played the upright bass.
    More Details Hide Details The band also included organist Graham Bond, saxophonist Dick Heckstall-Smith and drummer Ginger Baker.
  • 1943
    Bruce was born on 14 May 1943 in Bishopbriggs, Lanarkshire, to Betty (Asher) and Charlie Bruce, musical parents who moved frequently, resulting in the young Bruce attending 14 different schools, ending up at Bellahouston Academy.
    More Details Hide Details He began playing the jazz bass in his teens and won a scholarship to study cello and musical composition at the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama while playing in Jim McHarg's Scotsville Jazzband to support himself. The academy disapproved of its students playing jazz. "They found out", Bruce told Musician correspondent Jim Macnie, "and said 'you either stop, or leave college.' So I left college."
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