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Jazzfest: Jamie Cullum will blow you away, too

By Susan Belle Ferguson on June 25, 2015



This firecracker livened up the British jazz scene upon his arrival in 2003 at the tender age of 24.

I will never forget the first time I saw Jamie Cullum perform. It was over a decade ago when I was living in Toronto and a friend of mine who has an ear for cool, up-and-coming musicians, invited me to Jamie’s show at the last minute. It was at a tiny venue, standing room only. And? I was blown away!

Jamie’s stage presence and showmanship were phenomenal, equally matched by his sheer talent – vocally and, most impressively, on the piano. You’ve got to admire someone who can play the piano with their feet high in the air! At times his gusto reminded me of the famously high-energy pianist Jerry Lee Lewis. (For those of you not old enough to know who I’m talking about, here’s a hint “Great Balls of Fire.”)

One of Jamie’s other talents is his ability to cross over among genres of music, from jazz to rock to pop to hip hop and more. For instance, he has been known to incorporate beatboxing into contemporary covers of old jazz standards. He is also a sought-after song writer (Clint Eastwood has hired him!) and has been hosting his own highly-successful BBC radio show. And if you’re not already keen to check out his show in Ottawa, you should know that a few years ago he married Sophie Dahl, the granddaughter of Roald Dahl (yep, the author of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory). So, now you’re hooked! Don’t miss this chance to see someone who will most definitely be, if not already, a legend among musicians.

Jamie Cullum will be performing at the Ottawa Jazz Festival, on Tuesday, June 30th, 2015.