Tuesday, 3 April 2012

2 Years of Jamie Cullum on BBC Radio 2!

The second anniversary of Jamie Cullum's show on BBC Radio 2 rolls around this week.  It's been another year of great tracks, in-depth interviews and live sessions with a cross-section of artists from the jazz world and beyond, from rising stars to living legends.  Jamie, along with production company Folded Wing, have created a formula that appeals both to seasoned jazz aficionados aswell as those new to jazz and the show is crafted beautifully. No one can deny what an outstanding job he is doing in opening up the genre to a whole new generation, an excellent ambassador for jazz music.  Jamie and the team have their fingers on the jazz pulse as they skillfully weave classics from the archives with the very latest releases into an exciting playlist week in week out, demonstrating that there's a whole world of music out there waiting to be discovered.  Jamie is proving himself a capable guide in this musical journey. 

It's the show musos want to be on.  What a scoop getting a rare interview with Kate Bush! Then there was the interesting Paul McCartney special. If you need reminding who else has been on the show this past year, either for an interview or in session, just cast your eyes over this cool collection of names:  Carmen Lundy, Avishai Cohen, Tigran Hamasyan, Empirical, Gretchen Parlato, Zoe Rahman, Nigel Kennedy, Robert Glasper, Camille, Abram Wilson, Eliza Doolittle, Mara Carlyle, Allen Toussaint, Andrew McCormack and Jason Yarde, Trombone Shorty, Charlie Haden, Brad Mehldau, Wynton Marsalis, Lars Ulrich (Metallica), Austin Peralta, Terence Blanchard, Matthew Herbert, Bobby Womack, Pat Metheny, Madeleine Peyroux, Gary Bartz, Lianne Carroll, Jason Moran, The Impossible Gentlemen, Matthew Halsall, Baaba Maal, Chris Barber, Nailah Porter, Mike Westbrook, Joe Lovano, Sara Mitra.

What were your highlights from this past year? Leave your comments below or tweet me!

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My personal favourites included the Gregory Porter live session and interview. Jamie clearly loved finally meeting and chatting to Gregory and they promised a Gran Torino duet when they perform together at Cheltenham Jazz Festival next month! The Brad Mehldau session was simply beautiful. I was also really excited to recently be introduced to the music of Get The Blessing after their great Maida Vale session for the show. 

In addition to his Tuesday slot, you can hear Jamie's weekly feature for 6 Music every Saturday and he has contributed to various radio programmes  throughout the year, most recently a tribute to Dudley Moore.  The news last week that he has been nominated for Jazz Broadcaster of the Year merely confirms what we fans already know - that Jamie's career in radio broadcasting is looking very rosy, as we eagerly anticipate what delights are served up in the coming year of Jamie Cullum on BBC Radio 2.

CONGRATULATIONS to Jamie, the team at Folded Wing & BBC Radio 2 on an amazing second year! 

To mark this second anniversary, I thought it would be nice for as many JC fans as possible to meet online for a listening party.  Here are the details. Join me on Twitter @jamiecullumfans or Facebook chat from 7pm this evening to chat with fellow fans from around the world. I will also announce the winner of the Oxford Jazz Festival competition and also have a couple of other prizes to give away too! On tonight's show, Jamie joins bassist Dan Berglund and drummer Magnus Ostrom of Swedish jazz group the Esbojorn Svensson Trio, where they perform a very special session track together at the end of the show. Not to be missed!

You can email Jamie with your comments on the show and song suggestions at jamie.cullum@bbc.co.uk 

Read my post for the first anniversary of the show here

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