Preview: Jamie Cullum at the White House

Highlights from Jamie Cullum's recent visit to the White House for International Jazz Day will feature on his next BBC Radio 2 show

Some of the biggest names in jazz gathered at the White House in Washington recently for International Jazz Day and Jamie Cullum spoke to a number for his Radio 2 show. Cullum was performing at the concert, hosted by President Barack Obama and his wife Michelle, and took along his microphone to interview some of his fellow musicians.

At one point during rehearsals part of the White House was evacuated because of a suspect bag. Cullum took that opportunity to record interviews with Herbie Hancock, Chick Corea (pictured right with Cullum), Robert Glasper, Kurt Elling, Esperanza Spalding (pictured below) and legendary bassist Marcus Miller. They will all feature, along with their music, on his BBC Radio 2 show at 1900 on 24 May.

Cullum 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.”

Jamie Cullum's Jazz Show, a Folded Wing Production, is broadcast every Tuesday from 1900-2000 on BBC Radio 2. It's the most listened-to jazz programme on UK radio and was voted Best Music Programme at the 2014 Radio Academy Awards.

The show is syndicated to the following countries: Canada (Jazz.FM91), France (TSF Jazz), Ireland (RTE 2XM), Switzerland (WRS - World Radio Switzerland), Taiwan (ICRT FM100), Germany (JazzRadio) and Boston, USA on The BIRN (Berklee Internet Radio Network).

Bruce Lindsay

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