An incredible £30,000 has been raised for EACH following a very special tribute concert held for the late Cream bassist Jack Bruce. Proceeds from the concert, which took place at London’s Roundhouse on 24 October, and a one off auction held in September at the world famous Sotheby’s contributed to the generous donation made to EACH as Jack’s favourite charity.
Held a year after Jack’s passing, ‘The Sunshine of Your Love’ concert, directed by the hugely talented Nitin Sawhney, proved to be a fantastic and emotional celebration of the artist’s life. The concert featured an array of remarkable talent including Joss Stone, Phil Manzanera, Ian Anderson, Vernon Reid, Mark King, Clem Clempson, Liam Bailey, Hugh Cornwell, Ulil Jon Roth, Bernie Marsden, Nico Bruce, Ayanna Witter-Johnson, Jack Bruce’s Big Blues Band plus a special appearance from Ginger Baker. See highlights of the evening.
Additional proceeds were raised at a one off auction held at Sotheby’s where a number of Jack’s items, handpicked by the musician before he passed away last year, were sold. Items included Jack’s Warwick Bass guitar, autographed manuscripts, items of his stage clothes, Hammond organ and lyric sheets.
Margrit Bruce Seyffer, Jack’s wife and manager said: "We are still feeling quite overwhelmed after the success of the concert and how special an evening it was. Thirty-five musicians coming together to pay tribute to my late husband and his musical legacy, donating their time and talents so very generously in Jack's memory as well as raising such an incredible amount for EACH. I know the funds will make a huge difference to the children and their families in our area. I would like to thank everyone involved from the bottom of my heart in making this wonderful concert a possibility. 3000 people under one roof honoured Jack in the way he deserves it - an unforgettable evening."
Gemma Smith, EACH Suffolk Corporate Fundraiser, said: “Over £30,000 has been raised for EACH in memory of Jack Bruce and we’re delighted by the amount. We’d like to thank absolutely everyone who has generously donated. Jack was a great supporter of EACH for many years and it’s lovely to know that his wishes were for people to continue to support us. Thanks to the dedicated support of Jack’s family, and in particular his daughter Natascha, the memory of Jack lives on and is helping to raise awareness and valuable funds to provide vital nursing care and support to life-threatened children, young people and their families. Not only is Jack’s legacy a musical one, it’s a charitable one too.”