PIANO MAN AN ELECTRIFYING JAMIE CULLUM TAKES JAZZ TO NEW PLACES.Byline: FRED SHUSTER
Lock up your piano -- Jamie Cullum's coming to town.
The dynamic British singer, songwriter and keyboardist has been known to pound his pianos well into submission. He counts at least five Steinways broken on tour and during TV performances.
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The genre-bending, Grammy Award-nominated Cullum mixes originals, jazz standards and savvy covers of unexpected rock and pop classics for packed venues around the world. An energetic, tireless performer, Cullum has developed a reputation as one of the most exciting young entertainers in the field.
"People ask why I play jazz," says Cullum, who turns 28 next month. "It's because you can take it so many places. You can embrace dance music, rock, pop, classical, funk, everything. Jazz is the greatest platform to do whatever you want."
Cullum's memorable set during the 2006 Playboy Jazz Festival The Playboy Jazz Festival is an annual event sponsored by Playboy Enterprises to celebrate jazz as well as feature both established and up and coming musicians of the genre. It was founded by Hugh Hefner and was first held in Chicago, Illinois at the Chicago Stadium in 1959. , in which he vaulted into the air, banged his fists on the keyboards and completely riveted the hard-partying crowd, was so impressive he's been invited back to the Hollywood Bowl The Hollywood Bowl is a modern amphitheatre at 2301 North Highland Avenue in Hollywood, California, USA, that is used primarily for music performances. The "bowl" in this context is the natural cavity in the earth into which the amphitheater is built, rather than the shape of the this weekend for two concerts accompanied by the Los Angeles Philharmonic The Los Angeles Philharmonic (LAP) is an American orchestra based in Los Angeles, California, United States. History
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He was educated at Ilford County High School, the Royal Academy of Music and London University.
His musical roots are in The Salvation Army. , the charismatic music director of the Vancouver Symphony, will conduct the "Cool Britannia!" events, which mark Cullum's orchestral debut.
"When he played Playboy, he came on in the middle of the day and absolutely killed," recalls Arvind Manocha, vice president and general manager of the Hollywood Bowl. "You only occasionally see a performer who has the audience in the palm of his hand when 10 minutes earlier they didn't even know his name.
"When I saw that, I realized this is somebody who can command a stage. He's got a lot of energy, musicality and is one of the many interesting things coming out of England at the moment."
Cullum's concert Saturday at the Bowl dovetails nicely with the L.A. debut of another interesting phenomenon from across the pond: soccer superstar David Beckham's scheduled first game for the Los Angeles Galaxy The Los Angeles Galaxy are a professional football (soccer) team based in Carson, California that participates in Major League Soccer. The name "Galaxy" refers to Los Angeles being the home of many Hollywood "stars". , against familiar opponent Chelsea FC of the English Premier League, in Carson.
Cullum, who is an avid fan of his hometown team -- Swindon Town -- can often be seen cheering the minor league team on from the stands at the County Ground when visiting his parents' home in nearby Bath. The musician says he'll be supporting Beckham's attempt to give soccer a higher profile in the U.S.
"He's a great footballer (soccer player) and I think that gets overlooked a lot of the time because of the celebrity factor," Cullum said the other day from a tour stop in the Netherlands. "He's not that well-known in the States, and I hope he can make more people aware of the game. He can't help but do that."
Born in Essex to a Myanmese mother and English father and raised in Wiltshire, the self-taught Cullum became obsessed ob·sess
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To preoccupy the mind of excessively.
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Miles Dewey Davis Jr., Davis , he also embraced the groundbreaking Steely Dan albums purchased by his brother Ben (who plays bass on Cullum's 2005 "Catching Tales" album). While studying English at college, he began working as a singer-pianist anywhere he could get a gig: cruise ships This is a list of cruise ships, both those in service and those that have since ceased to operate. Both cruise ships and cruiseferries are included in this list. (Ocean liners are not included on this list, see List of ocean liners. , pubs, even wedding receptions.
"That time was pivotal to me," he said. "It was a time when I was learning and changing my ideas about music each day. I did so much listening to music, too. I still do that and I think I'm evolving as a musician and performer just as much now as I was then."
During those early years, Cullum crafted the explosive stage persona (captured on the 2004 DVD DVD: see digital versatile disc.
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When Universal Classics & Jazz snatched up the rising talent in spring 2003 and sent him into the studio to make "Twentysomething," he was ready for the work that lay ahead. The disc was a smash that sold more than 2 million copies, garnered a Grammy nomination and sparked a series of world tours.
"I love playing," Cullum said. "I'm not going to sit here and complain about being on the road. It's fantastic to be able to do what I do and have people come out to see me. I completely love this life. Here I am in Holland about to play for a huge crowd."
His stage show is unpredictable. One of the many things he will bring to the Bowl this weekend is a "stompbox" (not to be confused with an effects pedal for guitars) made from a small wooden block used to amplify a musician's tapping foot.
And not only does he play songs from his albums in concert, he's been known to cover tunes by the White Stripes, Kanye West, Massive Attack, Joy Division and even the Pussycat Dolls (he described his forthcoming album as sounding like "Blue Note meets Arcade Fire").
Rarely working from a set list, Cullum's two-hour-plus gigs are largely improvised.
"That's the real meaning of jazz -- improvisation," Cullum said. "But that doesn't mean you have to sit still, bent over the piano. The reason you think of jazz as being this serious music that doesn't use a lot of physical movement is the concentration of people like McCoy Tyner and Thelonious Monk demands it.
"I am about making jazz-based pop music and part of that means getting people to enjoy themselves. And whatever that takes, I'm up for it."
Fred Shuster, (818) 713-3676, fred.shuster(at)dailynews.com
COOL BRITANNIA! WITH JAMIE CULLUM
>Where: Hollywood Bowl, 2301 N. Highland Ave., Hollywood.
>When: 8:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday.
>Cost: $7 to $147.
>Information: (213) 480-3232;
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Jamie Cullum is not alone among worthwhile U.K. music acts arriving in the next few months. Here are 11 -- "it goes to 11," as Spinal Tap's Nigel Tufnel might say -- other good reasons to hoist the Union Jack. Tickets to all events are available at Ticketmaster locations or (213) 480-3232; www.ticketmaster.com.
>Dolores Dolores (or Delores) was a common given name (until the 1960s in the USA); it is cognate with the English word "dolorous" (meaning sorrowful) and equivalent in meaning. O'Riordan, the singer from Ireland's Cranberries, comes to the House of Blues House of Blues (HOB) is a chain of music halls and restaurants founded in 1992 by Hard Rock Cafe founder Isaac Tigrett and his friend and investor Dan Aykroyd. It is a home for live music and southern-inspired cuisine, whose clubs celebrate African-American culture, specifically Sunset Strip tonight.
>Snow Patrol, an especially tuneful Scottish alt-rock band, is at the Greek Theatre on Sunday and Monday.
>The Slits bring Ladbroke Grove's dub-reggae groove to the El Rey Theatre on Aug. 3.
>The Pretenders, considered a Brit band even though singer Chrissie Hynde is originally from Ohio, appear at the Santa Barbara Bowl The Santa Barbara Bowl is a 4,562-seat amphitheater located in Santa Barbara, California. It was built in 1936 as a WPA project. It is used for concerts and other special events. on Aug. 10.
>Squeeze, whose "Tempted" and other new-wave gems still hold up, appears at the Greek Theatre on Aug. 13.
>Bert Jansch, the folkie folk·ie also folk·y
n. pl. folk·ies
1. A folk singer or musician.
2. One who is an enthusiast of folk music.
adj. and guitar virtuoso who inspired Led Zeppelin's acoustic musings, comes to the Troubadour troubadour
One of a class of lyric poets and poet-musicians, often of knightly rank, that flourished from the 11th through the 13th century, chiefly in Provence and other regions of southern France, northern Spain, and northern Italy. on Aug. 24.
>Joss Stone, who wowed the crowd at the recent Princess Diana concert at London, is at the Greek Theatre on Aug. 27.
>Amy Winehouse is still refusing to go to rehab, but she will be at the Wiltern on Sept. 18 and 19.
>Editors, the moody indie rock outfit from gritty Birmingham, make a scene at the Wiltern on Sept. 24.
>Genesis, the '60s prog-rock band now reunited with Phil Collins at the helm, is at the Hollywood Bowl on Oct. 12 and 13.
>The Pogues, whose Guinness-fueled Irish folk-rock can devastate dev·as·tate
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1. To lay waste; destroy.
2. To overwhelm; confound; stun: was devastated by the rude remark. a crowd, comes to the Wiltern on Oct. 31 and Nov. 1.
5 photos, box
(1 -- cover -- color) IN THE KEY OF COOL
BRIT POP STAR JAMIE CULLUM PLAYS THE BOWL
(2 -- color) no caption (Jamie Cullum)
(3 -- color) Chrissie Hynde, the Pretenders
(4 -- color) Amy Winehouse
(5 -- color) Phil Collins, Genesis
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