Sunday, June 18, 2006

Photos from Jamie Cullum's Show

I counted 75 in my collection, but selected these which span the entire 2 hours to give a broader perspective of what what down that night. Enjoy. :)

In addition, here's a transcript of the...

Newspaper Review of Jamie Cullum's Concert June 15th 2006

[ Am posting this for the benefit of fellow fans from Jamie's official site. Welcome! :) ]

NOT JUST A PIANO SHOW by Sujin Thomas, music reporter

There were stunts aplenty and British singer-pianist Jamie Cullum even broke a keyboard lid. But, oh, what fun the show was.

Call it hyper jazz or plain theatrics: British singer-pianist Jamie Cullum certainly knew how to put on a good show.

His was jazz mixed up with other genres like funk, pop and even Brazilian batucada as well as a good dose of circus fanfare.

Backed by a 4-piece band, the 26-year-old -- who had flown in from Japan the day before and left for Los Angeles yesterday -- was charismatic.

He leapt into the air, banged away on the ivories -- once even using the stool he sat on to do the job -- and thumped percussion rhythms on its side with his hands.

There were stunts too, with the pixie chap running across the stage then pounding the piano keyes, even breaking the keyboard lid as he crashed to the floor.

It was no surprise to his 4,600-strong audience who had heard of his knack for destroying pianos at his gigs.

"Hang on, that last bit didn't go right. We have to do it again," he proclaimed, much to everybody's amusement as he regained composure.

In a set that last 1 1/2 hours, he delivered hits like Twentysomething, Photograph, What A Difference A Day Made and even a new song, a guitar ditty called Liar Liar.

Taking 2 musicians with him, he jumped off stage and roused the sedentary audience onto its feet, inviting it to come to the front. That triggered a rush of people who joined him in chorus for a jazzed-up cover of Radiohead's High And Dry.

After an encore set comprising a cover of The White Stripes' Seven Nation Army, jazz standard I Get A Kick Out Of You and Broadway's I Could Have Danced All Night, he made a swift exit.

Why? The football fan said he had to catch the World Cup match between England and Trinidad and Tobago. Good for him -- the former won 2-0.

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