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Jamie Cullum

SATURDAY 7 APRIL 2018

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With a Grammy, two Golden Globe, two GQ Man of the Year, three Brit, three Sony Radio and numerous other nominations and awards under his belt, Jamie Cullum is a success story around the planet. The most successful UK jazz artist ever, having sold over 10 million albums worldwide. It's through jazz that Jamie first made his mark, with the multi-platinum Twentysomething LP, but it is his knowledge and love of all music that has helped propel him onto the world stage. 

The sensational musician has the ability and versatility to blur musical genres with his unique take on jazz, pop and rock and his success is truly global, taking him from Seoul to Sao Paulo, FujiRock to Glastonbury and from Hamburg to Hollywood where he achieved great acclaim collaborating with Clint Eastwood on the Golden Globe-nominated score for Gran Torino.

Thus ensued an old-fashioned major label bidding war, with Jamie finally being wooed to Universal by the promise of working with thirty three-time Grammy-nominated Tommy LiPuma and Verve Records in the US. 2003 was a blur. The first album under the Universal deal was recorded with producer Stewart Levine at the helm. Sessions were squeezed in between a summer of jazz and rock and pop festivals, a three week residency at the legendary Oak Room in The Algonguin Hotel, the BBC Jazz Awards, at which Jamie won The Rising Star Award, a private performance for Her Majesty The Queen to celebrate her 50 years on the throne and the filming of ITV’s flagship arts broadcast the South Bank Show, an honour normally bestowed on artists after they have reached legendary status. 

Ten years on from his first major recording contract, Jamie and Universal entered into a new deal that moved his label base to the iconic Island Records, historic home of U2, Bob Marley and Grace Jones and current label of Mumford & Sons, Disclosure and Florence and the Machine. His artistic freedom guaranteed, Jamie created his most mainstream song based album yet, 'Momentum'. Produced by Jim Abbiss, known mostly for his work with the Arctic Monkeys and Adele with extra production by Dan the Automator and Ben Lamdin. A tie-up with San Miguel beer in Spain which gave the record it's first number one single in the country with Everything You Didn’t Do.

Alongside his songwriting ability, flair as a performer, and natural aptitude as a broadcaster, Jamie has taken his long-term love of photography a step further by teaming up with Leica cameras to produce all the shots for Interlude’s deluxe artwork which can be been on display at Leica’s galleries in Germany and London as well as in the booklet for the album itself. The musician has also turned magazine publisher. Inspired by Dave Eggars’ Timothy McSweeney’s Quarterly Concern, Jamie created The 88, ‘an occasional magazine for the adventurous thinker’ the heavyweight journal is a collection of words and pictures curated by Jamie, featuring contributions from his friends.

Catch him live at SING JAZZ 2018 hitting the stage Saturday evening!

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