Jamie Cullum has a jazz soul and a rock ‘n’ roll heart — it’s a potent combination! He gave us both on Thursday at the Henley Festival.
Jamie is a star, no doubt about that, not just because he has a great voice, plays a mean piano and writes a good song, it’s also because the world loves him — especially the women.
And they weren’t slow in letting him know it when he played his knockout set. He knows how to work that — no great expressions of ego but he knows he’s the centre of attention.
It’s hard to believe that he’s been around for as long as he has, he still looks like the English Literature undergraduate he was when learning his craft as a pianist and singer 13 years ago * all floppy hair, smooth cheeks, soulful eyes and springy athletic body.
But who cares, he’s terrific! Why do the ladies like him? I’m guessing, but probably they like the eyes and the voice which is a powerful instrument. He also has the humility he started with, but mostly it will be because of what’s between his ears that fuels such a phenomenal talent.
Mind you he took his life in his hands on Thursday when he jumped from the stage into the crowd for a second time. By then it had become a mosh pit in front of the stage and first his sax player had to jump to his aid, and then the festival’s artistic director Stewart Collins lent a hand to haul him back up. Most of the women wanted to put him in their handbag and take him home where he could give them a personal singing-to later.
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