Thirtysomething Jamie is back with new material

Jamie Cullum

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Jazz superstar Jamie Cullum has embarked on his first full-scale tour in three years and is heading this way.

The chart-topping singer songwriter will be at Portsmouth Guildhall on Sunday, following the release of his first studio album since 2009.

Jamie released his sixth album, Momentum, in May and performed six intimate gigs across London.

He has said that the material is about the crossover period between being a young man and having one foot in the adult world.

Cullum approached recording in a different way from his previous releases, using everything from iPhone apps to charity shop keyboards as instruments during the process.

The 33-year-old has been releasing albums since 1999 and now has a weekly BBC Radio 2 jazz show, meeting and interviewing many of the genre’s heroes.

It was for his jazz cover versions that Cullum became best-known. His debut Heard It All Before, famously recorded for less than £50, pricked the ears of jazz fans, while Pointless Nostalgic, released three years later in 2002, went gold in the UK.

He became a big star after Twentysomething was released. The album had five originals among songbook classics such as What A Difference A Day Makes and reworkings of more contemporary songs by Jimi Hendrix, Radiohead and Jeff Buckley.

Combining first-rate skills as a pianist and a cheeky demeanour, Cullum has been an appealing part of the music scene for his legions of fans ever since.

Tickets are £25 to £37.50. Call portsmouthguildhall.org.uk or call 0844 847 2362.

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