Scottish singer-songwriter Eddi Reader and widely-travelled rock guitarist Bernie Marsden are also confirmed for the line-up. Other members of the Bruce family will take part, including Jack’s granddaughter, singer Maya Sage and his nephew and bassist Iain ‘Nico’ Bruce, along with Ginger’s son and drummer, Kofi Baker.
The show will feature numerous other musicians who worked with Jack over the course of his 55-year career. These include drummer Dennis Chambers (Santana, Parliament, Funkadelic, John McLaughlin), bassist Jeff Berlin, drummer Corky Laing (Mountain and the 1970s blues-rock power trio West, Bruce & Laing), guitarist ‘Clem’ Clempson (Colosseum, Humble Pie), vocalist Gary ‘Mudbone’ Cooper (Parliament, Funkadelic) and guitarist Chris Spedding.
Malcolm Bruce, exclusively describing to uDiscover how the evening will be configured, says it will be “a chronological journey through Jack’s musical career. We’re also going to tip a hat to his formative influences, [such as] Scottish folk music — that’s where Eddi Reader comes in — and we’re going to look at some be-bop, maybe some trad jazz, and a few of the classical influences. Jack always loved Ravel and Messiaen.”
The set list will then move into Bruce’s early work in such groups as the Graham Bond Organisation, which also featured Baker, and through into his best-known period with Cream. It will then dig deep into albums from his solo catalogue, such as Songs From A Tailor, Things We Like, Harmony Row and later releases, as well as acknowledging the many collaborative groups in which he played.