Don't miss Jamie Cullum's BBC Radio 2 show on May 24th as it will feature highlights from International Jazz Day, held at The White House!
*Photo: Jamie rehearsing at the White House
Some of the biggest names in jazz gathered at the White House in Washington recently for International Jazz Day, and Jamie Cullum spoke to them for his Radio 2 show.
Jamie was performing at the concert, hosted by President Barack Obama and his wife Michelle, and took along his microphone to capture some of his fellow musicians.
At one point during rehearsals, part of the White House was evacuated because of a suspect bag, and Jamie took that opportunity to record interviews with Herbie Hancock, Chick Corea, Robert Glasper, Kurt Elling, Esperanza Spalding and legendary bassist Marcus Miller. They will all feature, along with their music, on his BBC Radio 2 show at 1900 on 24th May.
Jamie says “It has been the greatest honour of my career to play for President Obama and the First Lady at The White House alongside the jazz legends I have been listening to since discovering jazz. It felt like an historic moment that I was dropped into like a dream. The moments of true surreality are too many to mention! Although I will say that I can't work out whether I was more nervous playing for Aretha Franklin or the President. Let's call it a tie.”