Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Jamie's Got a Surprise or Two

Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Jamie's Got a Surprise or Two

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Byline: By Gordon Barr

Jamie Cullum plays his first UK headlining show of the year this week ( and it's in the North East. Entertainment Editor Gordon Barr spoke to him

Jazz maestro Jamie Cullum is busy making himself a cup of tea.

He's just got back from Helsinki in Finland and now he is on a tour bus heading for France.

"I've always got time for tea," he laughs. "No matter how hectic it gets."

On Friday, Jamie, 25, is at Durham County Cricket Club's Riverside ground in Chester-le-Street for his first UK headlining show of the year.

It follows an extensive tour of Europe. "We've actually recorded a new record and I finished that in May," explains Jamie.

" So we're doing this tour of Europe and then we're having most of August off and then the album comes out in September. Then we'll do another British tour in support of the new album. This current tour we're doing is more connected to the old album.

"But up your way I will be giving a little taster of the new stuff. It's always hard to just bust out new tunes. I'll see how I feel on the night. That's the best way to be about it."

Jamie burst on to the music scene less than two years ago with his multi-million selling debut album Twentysomething. He is now Britain's best-selling jazz act, at the age of 25.

"The great thing about recording this new album was that I didn't really feel that kind of legendary pressure to follow a success like you're supposed to," he states

"It's not that I didn't care but I just found the process really fun and the difference is this time a lot more people had confidence in me.

"I could work where and when I wanted and also I had the luxury of knowing that there's an audience out there ready to listen to it.

"I had an absolute blast doing it and it was the most entertaining period in my existence so far.

"There's lots of surprises. There's definitely elements of the Jamie you know, but there's a lot more of the Jamie I know in it. I don't think it's going to lose anyone but it's a real revolution from the last one.

"There's a lot more of my influences in there like a greater kind of spectrum of different types of music in it. …

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