Monday 24 July
Open doors 19:30 h
Everything happens fast around Cullum. At 16 he was already playing at bars and hotels during his summer holidays. Shortly thereafter, he recorded Heard it All Before, a modest album of which he pressed just 500 copies and for which large amounts of money are now paid on Ebay. Then, another album, a showcase on TV, labels fighting over him (Universal wins) and his first major label album Twentysomething. It rapidly becomes the best-selling studio jazz album in history, which allows him to make incendiary shows around the world where he often mistreats his piano. Young but classic, forceful but fearless to play slow, Cullum conquers any good song that comes his way, from Rihanna to White Stripes. As a good jazzman, he changes repertoire in each concert and is carried away by the moment’s atmosphere.
The teen lookalike singer with an old veteran jazz voice has many assets to convince: a solid knowledge of jazz that is evident in his allusions to Mel Tormé, Bob Dorough or Mark Murphy; an alive and swinging way of playing the piano; compositions that do not slavishly copy the codes; an expressive timbre … After all, you cannot deny the influence of pop, though the singer easily embraces jazz styles. Jamie establishes an unusual communication with his public. The electricity between the stage and the audience is high and gets enthusiastic responses from the public. Jamie Cullum is both the brightest voice revelation and the more controversial one of the last two decades.