The Times Article: Jamie Talks Babies, Sophie Dahl And Cheltenham Jazz Festival

Published by The Times on 21 April – by Ed Potton

For a man with a month-old baby, Jamie Cullum looks obscenely perky. The skin and spiky hair have a teenage lustre and the chat is as sharp as it was a decade ago, when he blew through the smoky conservatism of the jazz world with his burnished vocals, livewire piano playing and magpie pop sensibility, a “Sinatra in sneakers”. The 31-year-old has sold more than five million records, our most successful jazz artist bar none.
We are sitting over chips and beers in Cullum’s local in Kensal Green, the shabbily hip Northwest London quarter that has been his bolthole for eight years. He divides his time between here and the house he shares with his wife, the model and author Sophie Dahl, in Great Missenden, the Buckinghamshire village that was home to her grandfather, Roald.

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