MALCOLM BRUCE

Bio

As the son of musician Jack Bruce (Cream), Malcolm has always been immersed in a musical environment. He grew up hearing and experiencing firsthand some of the finest musicians around, whether through his father’s frequent collaborations with musicians such as Tony Williams or John Mclaughlin, or Jack’s own bands with musicians like Simon Phillips and Mick Taylor.

As a multi-intrumentalist Malcolm has worked extensively on the international scene as a touring and recording artist. As a composer he has written for TV, Theatre and Education projects as well as solo releases.

Early in his career, Malcolm performed guitar and piano on Bill Ward's (Black Sabbath) record 'Ward 1', which included piano on a track featuring Ozzy Osbourne. He recorded with saxophonist Dick Heckstall-Smith, and featured on a Brand X compilation with 2 of his own songs performed with Percy Jones, John Goodsall and Pierre Moerlan. In the 1990s Malcolm toured and recorded with ‘Lost City’, featuring Rue Phillips and Kofi Baker, which included a double headline US tour with Edan Everly (Don Everly’s son).

Malcolm has recently spent time in Nashville at producer Kevin McKendree's studio (Delbert McClinton, Brian Setzer, John Oates) and was in the studio as assistant engineer with Little Richard for a tribute to songwriting legend Dottie Rambo. Whilst in Nashville, Malcolm also played bass on fretless guitarist Ned Evett's album 'Treehouse' produced by Adrian Belew. Malcolm also played bass on a song featuring Elton John playing piano and singing a duet with Frankie Miller, released as part of Double Take (2016 Universal), an album featuring Joe Walsh, Rod Stewart, Willie Nelson, Bonnie Tyler, Huey Lewis and more. 

Malcolm performed shows with his father over the years, in the UK, US and Europe. He appeared on several of his Dad's recordings, including 'Shadows in the Air' on tracks with Eric Clapton, and 'More Jack than God' featuring Dr.John, culminating in work on Jack's final album 'Silver Rails', recorded at Abbey Road Studios in 2014 with producer Rob Cass.

Malcolm has been touring regularly all over the world, playing shows in theatres and clubs across the UK, the USA, Europe and beyond, including venues in London such as The Jazz Cafe, The Troubadour, O2 Kentish Town Forum, Cadogan Hall and O2 Shepherds Bush Empire, and in NYC at Sony Hall, BB Kings, Iridium and The Cutting Room.

As a recording artist / session musician he has worked in many of the top studios in the world including Abbey Road, The Church, Livingston Studios (London), Sorcerer Sound (NYC), The Village Recorder, Oceanway (LA) and many more.

Recent live performance has included touring in the US with Leslie West and Corky Laing (Mountain), a 60 date tour as support for Joe Satriani across Europe, the US and Canada as part of Ned Evett's Triple Double, and a special Jimi Hendrix Birthday tribute at BB Kings in New York City with Eric Schenkman (Spin Doctors). He played a 10 concert solo UK tour as support for Andy Fraser (Free), and toured Japan and Germany with legendary guitarist Chris Spedding. He’s also been touring regularly in the UK and USA with his own band.

He acted as musical director alongside lyricist Pete Brown (Cream) for a special tribute to his father, 'An Evening For Jack', at O2 Shepherd's Bush Empire in October 2016, hosted by Bob Harris (Old Grey Whistle Test), with a cast of legendary musicians including Lulu, Eddi Reader, Maggie Reilly, Mick Taylor, Dennis Chambers, Gary Husband, David Sancious, Clem Clempson, Trevor Horn, Paul Young and many others. 

He is currently touring with The Music of Cream, a celebration of his father Jack Bruce’s band with Ginger Baker and Eric Clapton, which has so far toured in Australia and New Zealand, the USA and the UK, featuring Ginger’s son Kofi and Eric Clapton’s nephew, son of legendary engineer / producer Andy Johns (Rolling Stones).

Work is also underway on his first full scale opera, King You's Folly, based on an ancient Chinese mythological / historical story, to be premiered at Sadler’s Wells in London.

Malcolm released an album, Salvation (Pledge Music 2017), recorded in Nashville and London and mixed by Steve Orchard (Paul McCartney, Bela Fleck, Chris Cornell) and is currently working on a new EP to be released later this year.

He’s also writing for a piano trio project to be recorded in Nashville with Chester Thompson (Genesis, Phil Collins, Weather Report, Frank Zappa) and bassist Jeff Berlin (Bill Buford, Allan Holdsworth).


Credits (performed with, recorded with, appeared on record with):


Jack Bruce, Ginger Baker, Eric Clapton (Cream), Little Richard, Elton John, Steve Cropper, Lulu, Dennis Chambers (Santana, P-Funk), Robby Ameen (Dizzy Gillespie, paul Simon, Kirsty McColl), Horacio Hernandez (Santana, Gonzalo Rubalcaba), Simon Phillips (The Who, Toto), Joe Bonamassa, Bernie Marsden (Whitesnake), Bill Ward and Ozzy Osbourne (Black Sabbath), Dr. John, Adrian Belew (David Bowie), David Sancious (E Street Band, Sting), Gary Husband (Allan Holdsworth, John McLaughlin, Level 42), Steve Hackett (Genesis), Glenn Hughes (Deep Purple), Robben Ford (Miles Davis, Joni Mitchell), Leslie West and Corky Laing (Mountain), Eric Shenkman (Spin Doctors), Andy Fraser (Free), Chris Spedding (Sex Pistols, Bryan Ferry) and many more..


Accreditations

Guildhall school of music.


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