John Symon Asher, 14 May 1943, Glasgow, Lanarkshire, Scotland. Bruce has utilized his brilliant bass playing to bridge free jazz and heavy rock during spells with countless musical conglomerations. As a vocalist and multi-instrumentalist he also has a great fondness for the piano, cello and acoustic bass, and is highly accomplished on all these instruments.
Formerly a piano student at the Royal Scottish Academy of Music, Bruce was awarded a RSAM scholarship for cello and composition. At 19 years of age he moved to London and joined the R&B scene, first with Alexis Korners band and then as a key member of the pioneering Graham Bond Organisation, alongside Ginger Baker and his long-standing friendship with the late Dick Heckstall-Smith. Following brief stints with John Mayalls Bluesbreakers and Manfred Mann, in summer 1966 Bruce joined up with Baker again, who, together with Eric Clapton, formed Cream. The comparatively short...
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