[Dixielandjazz] audiences - jamie Cullum

john petters jpettjazz at btinternet.com
Sun Dec 21 20:57:29 PST 2003

Pat said

>He says that the first records he bought were Monk and MIles Davis and then
Herbie Hancock and singers like Harry Connick so there is little early jazz
in his repertoire although he obviously >appreciates the `standard` numbers.

This shows in what I have heard of his work. Like all young young performers
he needs to learn the roots. He needs Jelly Roll to fully understand Monk
and Louis to understand Miles.

It seems to me that young players going in at these later styles miss what I
term 'hot' music. Hot jazz, played with conviction and excitement will get a
young audience. Play Oliver Armstrong, Morton, etc and it will work so long
as your rhythm section gets in the groove (listen to the Mutt Carey New
Yorkers, Eddie Condon's Town Hall concerts with Krupa,  Armstrong Town Hall
concert with Big Sid etc.) Most traditional jazz around today  is too polite
and insipid to woo the young crowd. Its no wonder it is in declie in many
places. Hit 'em between the eyes.

John Petters
Amateur Radio Station G3YPZ
----- Original Message ----- 
From: "PJ Ladd" <pj.ladd at btopenworld.com>
To: "jazz" <dixielandjazz at ml.islandnet.com>
Sent: Sunday, December 21, 2003 11:34 AM
Subject: [Dixielandjazz] audiences

Hi all,
about playing were the kids are.
We have a phenomenon here in the UK called Jamie Cullum. He is a local lad
who has shot to fame  and fortune in the last year as a jazz piano player
and singer.
His treatments however are anything but `standard`. I get a kick out of you`
starts with a rocking latin beat produced by banging his hands on the piano
front, sides, lid, damping and plucking the piano strings, backed by drums
and bass. Then he picks up the mike and sings a bit , back to the piano
,nice chord work while he backs his own voice, a lightning fast solo break,
spots for his drummer and the bass player. You can see it, can`t you?. He
takes stuff from a wide range, Cole Porter, Jimi Hendrix, Radiohead and
turns it all into a high energy show.
Jamie has served his time in pubs, wedding gigs, cruise ships etc now at the
ripe old age of 24 is really big.His name on a tv show guarantees good
ratings. Papers and magazines are full of interviews
He used to sing with a local, and widely known  group of singers named the
Bath Silver Ring Choir. His mother is a member.
Last night I went to a Christmas Charity Concert featuring the Choir and
the Jamie Cullum Trio.
Tickets have been sold out for weeks. The very large hall was packed. The
choir, about 100 strong sang some Christmassynumbers and some carols and
Cullum strutted his stuff.
Personall;y I wished he would stop messing about and get back to playing
some jazz but the audience, a very strange mix of the ancient (me) and
modern, ( scads of teens and twenty somethings) roared their approval and an
ovation at the end with half the audience standing shouting for more.
The organisers were pleased enough to give a cheque for £5000 t0o a local
Perhaps staging events which appeal to more than one group but linked
closely enough to be compatible is one way of getting audiences.
Just a thought.

Cheers and Merry Christmas to all


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