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    An Evening For Jack – a celebration of the life and music of Jack Bruce

    Plus Very, Very Special Guests

    
O2 Shepherds Bush Empire
    Tuesday 25 October 2016
    £40.00 (stalls and Level 3)
    £60.00 (Levels 1 and 2)
    advance £100 VIP (including meet and greet)

    Tickets from ticketweb.co.uk or 0844 477 2000

    An Evening For Jack - a celebration of the life and music of Jack Bruce

    We are proud to announce a very special concert to celebrate the life and music of the legendary musician Jack Bruce, featuring very special guest performances from some of the many artists and musicians that Jack worked with throughout his extensive career.

    The concert will take place at London’s O2 Shepherd’s Bush Empire on Tuesday 25 October, a date that marks the two year anniversary since the passing of the hugely influential Cream bassist. All proceeds raised will be donated to Nordoff Robbins and Jack’s favourite local charity, East Anglian Children’s Hospices.

    From his early days with Alexis Korner (Blues Incorporated), Graham Bond (Graham Bond Organisation) and John Mayall (Bluesbreakers), to his major success with Cream, and his many subsequent bands and collaborations with some of the world’s greatest musicians, we will be taking a musical journey through the life and legacy of an iconic man.

    Cream was the seminal 1960s band that Bruce formed with guitarist Eric Clapton and drummer Ginger Baker, whom along with co-writer Pete Brown, penned many of their songs, including one of the most spine-tingling riffs of all time, ‘Sunshine Of Your Love’, to ‘I Feel Free’ and ‘White Room’. A band full of staggering musicianship and technical proficiency, they sold millions of records during their four-album career, with a host of other artists covering Bruce’s songs from Jimi Hendrix to David Bowie, and his huge lasting influence lives on in many more. Pete Brown continued to work as lyricist with Bruce throughout his lifetime, collaborating for almost 50 years from those early days with Cream, right through to Jack’s final studio album, Silver Rails (March 2014).

    After Cream split in November 1968, Bruce went on to enjoy enormous success with 14 solo studio albums, several jazz and blues fusion releases and many collaborations including stints in The Tony Williams Lifetime and West, Bruce & Laing, a blues power trio with Leslie West and Corky Laing of Mountain, touring as a member of Ringo Starr and his All-Starr Band, and several collaborations with Gary Moore.

    Cream reformed for the 1993 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame ceremony and again for a four-night stand at the Royal Albert Hall in 2005 and Madison Square Garden in New York. He spent the latter part of his life working with the likes of Robin Trower, John Medeski and Vernon Reid, combining his love of blues, rock and jazz.

    The musical direction and curation of ‘An Evening For Jack’ is by singer and writer, and Jack’s collaborator, Pete Brown, and Jack’s son, musician Malcolm Bruce. “This will be a celebration and a musical journey through my father’s life” says Malcolm. “His musical interests were diverse, but through it all shines his personality, his individual approach to song writing and his trailblazing abilities as a bass player, singer and improviser. From his love of the blues, to music beyond categorisation, we will be celebrating his openness as a musical personality and the sheer joy he had with music in the moment. We will be taking a walk through the major aspects of Jack’s career, from the early days touring with bands like the Graham Bond Organisation, through to Cream and beyond.

    Artists performing will be announced soon plus very, very special guests.

    Tickets will be on general sale from Friday 9 September priced at £40.00 – £60.00 and £100 VIP (including meet and greet), available from ticketweb.co.uk or 0844 477 2000.