31 May 2010
Jamie Cullum is one of Britain’s most exciting young jazz talents. His energetic piano-playing and jaunty jazz covers of contemporary tunes have earnt him the name ‘Sinatra in Sneakers’, mixing the timeless wing sound with a more modern feel.
In 2003 his second album Twentysomething launched him into international fame, combining covers of well-loved standards with contemporary pop songs including Jimi Hendrix’s Wind Cries Mary and Jeff Buckley’s Lover, You Should have Come Over.
His fifth and latest album The Pursuit again mixes his musical heritage with more contemporary influences. Sitting comfortably beside classics by Cole Porter and Stephen Sondheim are his own compositions such as Love Ain’t Gonna Let You Down, and We Run Things.
In this conversation with Katie Noonan, Jamie Cullum discusses how he got his big break, the pressure of success, and why he named his latest album ‘The Pursuit’.