The late Cream (and more) bassist Jack Bruce will get his due once again via An Evening With Jack, a tribute concert that will be held October 25 at the O2 Shepherd`s Bush Empire in London to mark the second anniversary of his death in 2014 at the age of 71.
It's the second such concert and will again feature Cream drummer Ginger Baker, Jethro Tull's Ian Anderson and former Roxy Music guitarist Phil Manzanera, among others. Proceeds from the event will go to Nordoff Robbins and to the East Anglian Children's Hospices, which was Bruce's favorite charity.
In a statement, Bruce's son Malcolm says that, "This will be a celebration and a musical journey through my father's life. 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 categorization, 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."
Ian Anderson recalled last year's event as a special night for all concerned:
"Well, it was a very emotional occasion when lots of, about 35 musicians and singers got together to honor Jack Bruce, some of it with Cream, a lot of it his solo work. So we were all there with a common purpose. Many of us kind of knew each other. Some of us were meeting for the first time."
Gary Graff is an award-winning music journalist who not only covers music but has written books on Bob Seger, Neil Young and Bruce Springsteen.