Pub prepares for jazz star

JAZZ sensation Jamie Cullum has the world at his feet.He has a £1 million recording contract with Universal Records under his belt, has played at top venues around the globe and watched his latest album Twentysomething reach the number three spot in the UK charts.

JAZZ sensation Jamie Cullum has the world at his feet.

He has a £1 million recording contract with Universal Records under his belt, has played at top venues around the globe and watched his latest album Twentysomething reach the number three spot in the UK charts.

But despite all this, the rising star is honouring a commitment to wow his East Anglian fans with a special concert in a Suffolk pub.

Cullum will make his latest appearance at the Boxford Fleece, near Sudbury, on Friday – his second in only four months.


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But the Fleece is no ordinary pub – it has an international reputation for attracting top-notch jazz performers.

And Cullum's concert on Friday is one of three events there in the New Year already sold out. The others are a performance by the renowned Clare Teale and a concert by Jackie Dankworth – the daughter of jazz legends Cleo Laine and John Dankworth.

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Fleece landlady Jackie Heare said she was thrilled the jazz star was coming to the pub despite his growing commitments around the world.

She said his new-found fame had increased the demand for tickets this time around: "We were sold out within 10 minutes of the tickets going on sale last week but we are still expecting people to come down to try and catch a glimpse of him and hear him sing.

"We are delighted Jamie has honoured his agreement and decided to come back. He is very good and was very popular last time he was here - his appearance will help us enhance the reputation of the Fleece as a top jazz venue."

The star has just signed the £1million recording deal with Universal and has been playing in major venues around the world. He recently made TV appearances as part of the England rugby World Cup celebrations.

The 23-year-old has also played at the Royal Variety Performance and at the Queen's birthday celebrations.

His deal with Universal is the biggest in the history of British jazz and has catapulted him towards the ranks of legends such as Ella Fitzgerald, Miles Davis and Duke Ellington.

His debut album Pointless Nostalgia took the charts by storm, with the hit single I Want to be a Popstar one of the fans' favourites.

Judging by early sales, his latest album is set to be an even bigger success, and critics expect it to confirm his status among jazz greats.

In the New Year he is embarking on a nationwide tour, which will see him perform at venues such as Liverpool's Philharmonic Hall and London's Shepherd's Bush Empire.

There is great debate down at the Fleece about which songs are the best and which Cullum will perform on Friday. Jazz-lovers are expecting him to perform two of his most well-known numbers – I get a Kick Out of You and What a Difference a Day Makes - but Mrs Heare, herself a big fan, says he will delight the devotees of the intimate venue whatever he decides to perform.

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