Review: Jamie Cullum, Newcastle City Hall -By Hannah Bullimore, Evening Chronicle

Review: Jamie Cullum, Newcastle City Hall -By Hannah Bullimore, Evening Chronicle

I WAS a fresh pair of ears going to see Jamie Cullum last night, as I had barely heard any of his music and didn’t know exactly what to expect.

What did I get? A night I will never forget!

Jamie Cullum has a fantastic ability to create spellbinding music and keep a connection with the audience through quick wit and interesting commentary on the songs he is about to perform.

There was electricity in the air as Jamie pulled on the heart strings of every woman there and retold stories of his youth.

His voice alone would have been fantastic, but he accompanied his natural talent with varied piano playing and awe-inspiring improvisation with his band, whom he was constantly applauding, only furthering his likeability.

With songs like 20 Something, Photograph and Pointless Nostalgia taking the audience on a trip down Jamie’s memory lane and songs like I Get a Kick Out of You bringing a touch of old jazz to the night, there truly was something for every mood and every emotion.

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A particularly brilliant moment was when Jamie brought his band out into the audience and performed a beautiful rendition of Cry Me a River. The way the band interacted with the audience and built up a relationship with them was quite unprecedented. Something completely different to anything I have ever experienced before.

Last night was wonderful. Much like the perfect summer holiday rolled all into one night, with support act Eliza Doolittle taking us to the beach for some chilled out songs as the sun set before we were taken to a bluesy cocktail bar for a night of musical bliss. Music at its most fantastic.

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