Wednesday, 27 July 2011

Review: Jamie Cullum Pays Poignant Tribute To Amy Winehouse

5 Star review of last night's The Big Audition launch at Pizza Express Jazz Club in London from Jazz Wise Magazine:

Segueing effortlessly from ‘Love Is A Losing Game’ into his own cover of Jeff Buckley’s ‘Lover You Should Have Come Over’ Jamie Cullum, last night at Pizza Express Jazz Club in Soho, paid his own special tribute to the late Amy Winehouse just days after her untimely death.
Cullum had come up as a singer with Winehouse, touring with her and getting to know her, even at one stage during the performance imitating her broad London accent as she told him in no uncertain terms to “stop playing that stuff, and do your own thing”. The occasion was the launch of new Pizza Express initiative The Big Audition With Jamie Cullum and the diminutive one was appearing with his regular band which featured a drummer Winehouse often worked with, Brad Webb. It was especially fitting that this was on Dean Street in a club just yards away from her favourite late night Soho spot, the louche Jazz After Dark on nearby Greek Street. Pizza Express Jazz Club was also the place that Cullum got his big break where record executives from Universal and Sony sat on either side of the stage ready to sign the young singer at the start of his career on the back of promise shown by his albumPointless Nostalgic more

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