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Jamie Cullum
Jamie Cullum

Cullum performing at Colours of Ostrava, July 2009

Background information

Born 20 August 1979

Romford, Essex, England, UK

Genres Crossover jazz, power pop, blue-eyed soul

Occupations Musician, songwriter

Instruments Vocals, piano, guitar, stomp box, drums

Labels UCJ, Candid, Decca, Verve (US), Verve Forecast (US), Deckdisc (BR)

Website [1]

Jamie Cullum (born 20 August 1979) is an English pop and jazz-pop singer-songwriter. Though he is primarily a
vocalist/pianist he also accompanies himself on other instruments including guitar and drums. Since April 2010, he
has presented a weekly jazz show on BBC Radio 2, broadcast on Tuesdays from 19:00.[2]

Early life
Cullum was born in the hospital in Romford, Essex. He was brought up in Hullavington, Wiltshire.[3]
His mother, Yvonne, is a secretary of Anglo-Burmese origin, whose family settled in North England after Burma's
independence; his father, John Cullum, worked in finance. His paternal grandfather was a British Army officer,
while his paternal grandmother was a Jewish refugee from Prussia who sang in Berlin nightclubs.
Cullum was educated at the independent fee-paying Grittleton House School and the sixth form at the state Sheldon
School. He then went on to study English Literature and Film Studies at Reading University, where he graduated
with First Class Honours.
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Musical career
With only £48 to produce it, Cullum released his first album, Jamie Cullum Trio—Heard it All Before, in 1999, of
which 500 copies were made[4] . Due to their rarity, original copies have sold for as much as £600 on eBay[5] . The
success of Heard it All Before resulted in Cullum being invited to appear on Geoff Gascoyne's album Songs of the
After graduating from Reading University, Cullum released his best-selling album, Pointless Nostalgic, which stirred
interest from Michael Parkinson[6] and Melvyn Bragg.
Just after Cullum made his first television appearance, on Parkinson in April 2003, he signed a £1m contract[7] for
three albums with Universal, who beat Sony in a bidding war. Cullum's second studio album, Twentysomething,
released in October 2003, went platinum and became the #1 selling studio album by a jazz artist in the United
Kingdom. Cullum ended 2003 as the UK's biggest selling jazz artist of all time.[7]
Although primarily a jazz musician, he performs in a wide range of styles and is generally regarded as a "crossover"
artist with his musical roots firmly based in jazz. Cullum draws his inspiration from many different musicians and
listens to an eclectic mix of music from Miles Davis[8] to Tom Waits and many more. Cullum has belonged to
several bands, ranging from banging drums in a hip hop group to playing guitar in rock bands such as Raw Sausage
and The Mystery Machine, in his teenage youth. Cullum names his elder brother, Ben Cullum, as his biggest musical
influence, and the two continue to collaborate extensively.
Cullum is well known not only for his abilities on the piano, but also for his style and charisma. One of the many
things that features in Cullum's concerts is the Stomp box (not to be confused with an effect pedal for guitars), made
from a small wooden block. The stompbox is used to amplify a musician's tapping foot. Cullum found this in
Melbourne, Australia and uses it to enhance upbeat and fast-paced songs such as "Seven Nation Army", originally by
The White Stripes and "Gold Digger", originally by Kanye West. He is also often found using a looping machine.
This plays a heavy part in Cullum's versions of "Seven Nation Army" and "Teardrop" by Massive Attack. Cullum is
also often found beatboxing at most gigs.
As well as The White Stripes and Kanye West, Cullum has performed work by Massive Attack, Pharell, Rihanna,
Pussycat Dolls, Radiohead, Gnarls Barkley, Elton John, Justin Timberlake, John Legend, Joy Division, Lady Gaga
and many others. He has also performed with Kylie Minogue, Sugababes, and Burt Bacharach.
Cullum never works to a set list and on average his gigs last just over two hours. The gigs are largely improvised,
rooted in jazz but not solely consisting of jazz music.
Cullum has played at many large music festivals, including Glastonbury Festival (in 2004 and 2009), New Orleans
Jazz & Heritage Festival (in 2005), Coachella 2005, 2006 South by Southwest, North Sea Jazz Festival, the
Hollywood Bowl (performing with the Count Basie Orchestra) and the 2006 Playboy Jazz Festival. On 30 April
2006 Cullum played his biggest ever crowd on Queensday in the Netherlands.

Pointless Nostalgic
Pointless Nostalgic began life as a self-funded project and eventually got taken on by Candid Records, featuring a
mix of standards, originals and contemporary covers. It was recorded in Spring 2001 at Clown's Pocket Studios,
Bexley, by Derek Nash and co-produced by Geoff Gascoyne.
On the album Cullum created covers of old classics with new arrangements of Warren and Burke's "Devil May
Care", Thelonious Monk's "Well You Needn't" and Gershwin's "It Ain't Necessarily So".
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Recorded at London's Mayfair Studio and released 20 October 2003, Twentysomething contains a mix of jazz
standards, contemporary tunes and ballads.
Due to the acoustic nature of the music, producer Stewart Levine chose to record and mix Twentysomething entirely
on analogue tape. Since the album was recorded almost entirely "live" with no need to correct or improve
performances, Levine saw no need for the infinite amount of tracks and computerised digital recording.
The album includes jazz standards "What a Diff'rence a Day Made", "Singin' in the Rain", and Cole Porter's "I Get a
Kick out of You", modern takes on My Fair Lady's "I Could Have Danced All Night", Jeff Buckley’s "Lover, You
Should Have Come Over", and Jimi Hendrix's "The Wind Cries Mary", as well as new tracks written by Cullum and
his brother Ben, including the first single from the album "All At Sea" and the title track "Twentysomething".

Catching Tales
Cullum's third major label album, also produced by Stewart Levine, entitled Catching Tales, was released on 26
September 2005, in the United Kingdom and the Netherlands, and two weeks later in the United States, on 11
October. The American and French versions of Catching Tales do not include the track "Fascinating Rhythm", which
appears on the European version. The first single released from the album, in the United Kingdom, was "Get Your
Way", a collaboration with Dan The Automator which used a sample from the Thad Jones song "Get Out Of My
Life, Woman". The second single released, in the United Kingdom and the Netherlands, was "Mind Trick", written
by Cullum and his brother Ben. The third single from the album was the self-penned track "Photograph", which
Cullum said was written on New Years Day 2005 after he found a box of old photographs at his parents house.
A special edition version of Catching Tales was released in Europe, featuring a 20-minute documentary, including
behind the scenes footage of Jamie recording the album and on the road footage, from across Europe. Catching Tales
has also been released on double vinyl, as was the first single, "Get Your Way". A limited edition version of the "Get
Your Way" single was released on red vinyl.
Cullum collaborated with Pharrell Williams. They recorded various songs together and it was thought that the track
titled "Wifey" would make an appearance on Catching Tales, but this was prevented by legal and contractual
problems. Cullum's vocals finally featured on Pharrell's debut solo album, on a track titled "You Can Do It Too",
though Cullum is not credited as a featured artist.
Cullum toured in support of Catching Tales from the end of October 2005 to December 2006.

The Pursuit
On 4 June 2009, Cullum announced the title of his fourth studio album, The Pursuit.[9] The album, which was
released on 10 November 2009, is produced by Greg Wells,[9] and the first single is "I'm All Over It", written by
Deacon Blue frontman, Ricky Ross. The album was recorded at a Los Angeles studio, using songs that Cullum
originally recorded at his Shepherd's Bush recording studio, Terrified Studios.[10]
The Pursuit was recorded in a variety of places; Jamie's kitchen, a studio in L.A. and "Terrifed Studios" (Jamie's own
in Shepherd's Bush). Various musicians were also used in the recording process. Songs recorded in L.A. mostly used
session musicians and sees Greg Wells and Cullum play various instrument including drums and bass. "Don't Stop
The Music", the second single from the album (released as a download only in January 2010)[11] was recorded with
Chris Hill and Brad Webb.
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Other band members

From 2003 to 2008 Cullum played consistently with Geoff Gascoyne on bass, and Sebastiaan de Krom on drums.
From 2003 until 2004 the trio was joined by Ben Castle on saxophone, John Hoare on trumpet, Barnaby Dickinson
on trombone and Malcolm MacFarlane on guitar.
Sam Wedgwood (guitarist, bassist and trumpeter) later joined Cullum, on tour, for a little over a year. At the end of
2005 Cullum was joined by Tom Richards (saxophonist, occasional guitarist and percussion). Soon after that Sam
Wedgwood left to pursue his own solo musical career. At the beginning of 2006 Rory Simmons (trumpeter and
guitarist) joined the band as a replacement, bringing the total number of band members (including Cullum himself)
to five.
In late 2008 Cullum replaced Geoff Gascoyne (bass) and Sebastiaan de Krom (drums) with Chris Hill (bass) and
Brad Webb (drums).

The British Jazz Awards first recognised Cullum's growing success by awarding him the "Rising Star" award, at the
2003 ceremony in July.[7] At the 2004 BRIT Awards, Cullum was nominated in the "British Breakthrough Act"
category. He performed live in the ceremony at Earl's Court, a duet with Katie Melua of The Cure's "The Lovecats".
In the 2005 BRIT Awards, Cullum was nominated for two awards: "Best Male Artist" and "Best Live Act". In 2005
Cullum was nominated for a Grammy while taking BBC Radio 2 "Artist of the Year" honours at the BBC Jazz
Awards (as voted for by listeners of Radio 2). In 2007 Cullum won the Ronnie Scotts Jazz Award for "Best British
Male". He was also nominated for a Golden Globe Award for Best Original Song for his composition, "Gran

Personal life
Cullum married British food writer and former model Sophie Dahl in a private ceremony at the Lime Wood country
house hotel in the New Forest National Park in England on 9 January 2010.[12] On 11 September 2010, the couple
confirmed that they are expecting a child.[13]

[1] http:/ / www. jamiecullum. com/
[2] http:/ / www. bbc. co. uk/ programmes/ b00rr86v
[3] (http:/ / www. jamiecullum. com/ about), Biography published on Jamie Cullum's official homepage. Retrieved 27 October 2010.
[4] (http:/ / www. jamiecullum. com/ forums/ lofiversion/ index. php/ t1383. html), Discussion of Jamie Cullum's first album on Jamie Cullum's
official homepage
[5] JAMIE CULLUM 'Heard It All Before' CD album SIGNED RARE (http:/ / cgi. ebay. co. uk/
JAMIE-CULLUM-Heard-All-Before-CD-album-SIGNED-RARE-/ 380281675310?pt=UK_CDsDVDs_CDs_CDs_GL&
hash=item588a8dde2e), Heard It All Before for sale on eBay
[6] McCormick, Neil (8 September 2005). "Jamie batters new life into jazz" (http:/ / www. telegraph. co. uk/ culture/ music/ rockandjazzmusic/
3646379/ Jamie-batters-new-life-into-jazz. html). The Daily Telegraph (UK). . Retrieved 23 February 2009.
[7] Bishop, Tom (30 December 2003). "Jamie Cullum jazzes up music scene" (http:/ / news. bbc. co. uk/ 1/ hi/ entertainment/ music/ 3325139.
stm). BBC News. . Retrieved 23 February 2009.
[8] "Biography" (http:/ / www. bbc. co. uk/ radio2/ presenters/ jamie-cullum/ ). BBC Radio 2. . Retrieved 23 February 2009.
[9] Mak, Lennat (9 June 2009). "Jamie Cullum - New album, The Pursuit, is noisy, fearless and more rock 'n' roll!" (http:/ / www. mtvasia. com/
News/ 200906/ 09018121. html). MTV Asia. . Retrieved 21 June 2010.
[10] "The pursuit of happiness" (http:/ / www. heraldscotland. com/ arts-ents/ music-features/ the-pursuit-of-happiness-1. 930466). Herald
Scotland. 6 November 2009. . Retrieved 21 June 2010.
[11] "Jamie Cullum - Don't Stop the Music" (http:/ / www. herculesmoments. co. uk/ 2010/ 01/ jamie-cullum-dont-stop-music. html). . Retrieved 21 June 2010.
[12] Jessen, Monique (11 January 2010). "Jamie Cullum and Sophie Dahl Marry in England" (http:/ / www. people. com/ people/ article/
0,,20335985,00. html). . Retrieved 21 June 2010.
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[13] "'Delighted' Sophie Dahl and Jamie Cullum expecting their first child" (http:/ / www. dailymail. co. uk/ tvshowbiz/ article-1311036/
Sophie-Dahl-pregnant-Jamie-Cullums-baby. html). Daily Mail. 11 September 2010. .

External links
• Official website (http://
• Official record label site (
• Jamie Cullum ( on Myspace
• Jamie Cullum ( on Twitter
• Jamie Cullum ( at BBC Programmes
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