Friday, 30 March 2012

Friday Roundup: Cullum Cullum Cullum Cullum Cullum

Lots of exciting JC news this week! 

A nomination for Jamie, Desert Island Discs Cullum-style, a new competition on the blog and a fan party to celebrate two years of Jamie Cullum on the UK's most listened to radio station, BBC Radio 2. 

If you didn't hear Jamie's Desert Island Discs, broadcast on BBC Radio 4 last Sunday, you missed a really interesting interview with some live performances from JC (still time to listen again!). Besides the fact that Jamie made history on the show by playing some of his choices himself, the story made the papers and it was all very positive. It was aired again this morning and if you read through the comments on Twitter, you'll see how well it was received by the listeners. In fact, Jamie was trending topic! 
  • What the press had to say about Jamie's Desert Island Discs - Telegraph 
  • Congratulations to Jamie for being nominated as Jazz Broadcaster of the Year in the Parliamentary Awards! Winner will be announced in May at the House of Commons. Jamie to win! Congrats also to blog friends  Andrew McCormack & Jason Yard for their nomination for Jazz Album of the Year! I have a signed copy of this very album to give away on Tuesday evening. Good to also see Abram Wilson, London Jazz and Beats & Pieces Big Band included in the nominations! 
  • April 6th marks the second anniversary of Jamie's show on BBC Radio 2. Why not join All Things Cullum this Tuesday April 3rd to celebrate? Details here. See you around 7pm (UK time) for one of our fun Twitter listening parties for online chat with fans from around the world during Jamie's show and the chance to win some prizes! Jamie will feature a Maida Vale session with bassist Dan Berglund and drummer Magnus Ostrom, of Swedish jazz group the Esbjorn Svensson Trio, and a special treat will be Jamie performing a song with the group!
  • New competition! Win a pair of tickets to see Theo Jackson and Nathaniel Facey at Oxford Jazz Festival. Closes Tuesday April 3rd. As a bonus, you will also get a copy of Theo Jackson's cd Jericho.... Enter here
  • If you are looking for something to do over the holidays next week, why not go to Oxford Jazz Festival, which runs from April 1 - 7
  • There was another eclectic mix served up last Tuesday on Jamie's BBC Radio 2 show, from Ella Fitzgerald to Neil Cowley Trio to a track from 'Mingus Mingus Mingus Mingus Mingus' to supergroup Rocket Juice and The Moon. You can see the playlist and listen again here. Subscribe to a free weekly podcast of Jamie's show and be sure to email Jamie your comments and suggestions to: He does read some of them out on air!  
  • Are you the next Sophie Dahl? Tatler Magazine is running a competition. Check it out here
  • Gregory Porter is currently on tour in the US and he was interviewed on Fox 2 News on Wednesday. Watch the video here He is also this week's Starbucks Pick of the Week! 
  • There are only restricted view tickets left for Gregory Porter featuring Jamie Cullum at Cheltenham Jazz Festival. Jamie isn't touring this year so here's a chance to see him sing alongside the amazing Mr Porter. Grab 'em while you can! Get tickets quick!
  • Join the Gregory Porter fan community on Facebook for all the news and reviews
  • Check out Jamie's Picks for Cheltenham Jazz Festival for some more great shows 
  • Kyle Eastwood's spring tour takes him home to California all next week, stopping off in Hollywood, followed by a show at Anthology, San Diego before finishing up in Saratoga. (He returns to the UK starting April 24th). Tour details listed at kyleeastwood.comListen to a recent interview Kyle did with San Diego's jazz station 88.3FM
  • This week's website recommendation: London Jazz - the blog all the musicians read, it contains everything you need for the London jazz scene and much more. Be sure to subscribe!
  • Just have to mention that a couple of time this past week I've heard BBC Radio 2's Chris Evans comment about Jamie's radio show during his breakfast show, saying that Jamie is on fire and how good he is! Chris has massive listening figures for his show so hopefully this will prompt  some who haven't discovered Tuesday evenings on BBC Radio 2 yet to go check him out
  • News just in: Sophie Dahl is to be a guest speaker at Words in the Park in London in May. Find out more here

Don't forget to join the party this Tuesday and look out for another competition coming soon!  

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