By Tara Hall / LiveDaily Contributor
Published April 21
British jazz-pop artist Jamie Cullum [ tickets ] has booked a second round of US dates behind “The Pursuit,” his first new studio effort in four years.
The performer, who spent two weeks last month on a US trek, will return to the States for a handful of performances along the West Coast, beginning with a July 18 show in San Diego. The short run wraps with a two-night stand at Newport, RI’s annual Jazz Festival. The full schedule is shown at right.
“The Pursuit,” Cullum’s fifth studio album and first since 2005’s “Catching Tales,” surfaced stateside last month and in the UK last November. Cullum worked with producer Greg Wells (Katy Perry, Colbie Caillat) in Los Angeles on the record, which pays tribute to his musical influences by offering original songs as well as covers ranging from Rihanna to Cole Porter.
“The main goal for me was to really do justice to the breadth of my influences for the first time,” Cullum explained in a recent interview with LiveDaily. “I’ve always hinted at my love of rock and funk and hip-hop music and electronic music in other albums. I’ve always been into that. I don’t think I’ve ever really grasped that fully and made it so obvious on the other records.”
“The Pursuit” follows last year’s Golden Globe nomination for Cullum alongside Clint Eastwood for “Gran Torino” as Best Original Song. Cullum’s prior album releases, “Twentysomething” and “Catching Tales,” have sold more than 4 million copies combined worldwide.