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Jamie Cullum | 15:59 UK time, Friday, 8 October 2010

What a privilege to sit in Maida Vale studios (one of the finest recording facilities in the known universe, they have 10 hammond organs you know) and hear some of the world's greatest musicians play for an audience of 4 (myself, engineer, my producers).

We hang out in the control room, tea cups charged as musicians play and we fling out requests to the likes of Bobby McFerrin (genius, psycho-jukebox-vocalist in human form) and Martin Taylor (a genuine guitar hero - a term used too freely nowadays). It becomes a fantasy gig experience.

Normally if time is not too short I sit and chat with our guests where I aim to introduce them to our listeners and then we swiftly delve into more muso depths - how do you practice? When did you discover your own voice? What is your favourite key to sing in? We stop, not for a lack of things to say, but for the clock or an angry, waiting cabbie who should have picked up his minstrel 1hr ago.


It is a privilege to present these musicians on such a vast platform that is Radio 2. Meet Soweto Kinch Radio 2 tea-timers! Enjoy Polar Bear people in cars on the M25! There are many more to come......some you'll know, some you won't, but all will blow your mind.


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  • Comment number 1.

    wauw that sounds great! I don't know much about jazz musicians so it's good to have a radioshow, espacially with you, that I could listen in Holland!

    Nice that you are comming to Paradiso Amsterdam:) can't wait to have that MEET AND GREET!


  • Comment number 2.

    Hi Jamie
    I can’t tell you what a pleasure it is to come home from a long day at work and be able to listen to your Jazz show on a Tuesday night. Within 5 minutes I’m chilled right out and all my stress from the day is gone.
    You play such a great selection of Jazz artists, and you have introduced me to many new artists too.
    Keep up the great work

  • Comment number 3.

    Hi Jamie,
    I'm usually unable to catch your show live as it airs at 2 in the afternoon here but I make a point of listening later on that evening..I especially like listening after midnight. Your selections are always wonderful and a perfect way for me to wind down my day. Thank you for broadening my interest in jazz and playing such great music. The hour goes by far too quickly but you always leave us wanting more :-)

  • Comment number 4.

    Hi Jamie
    It's amazing to listen to your show, your choices that always are beautiful songs. Very nice are the interviews and I love when you talk about Brazilian singers or songwriters too. Thank you for sharing a bit more with your fans. It's really nice!
    Waiting for you in Brazil.

  • Comment number 5.

    Great tip on the new BBC Vaults CD this week. As ever, really enjoying your varied selections, and hope you'll be jamming in session alongside your guests again soon!

    amb x


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