Jamie Cullum To Release New CD and Tour U.S.

British jazz/pop musician, promoting his new album The Pursuit, will perform 14 shows in March.

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Deborah Anderson

Jamie Cullum

English jazz musician Jamie Cullum announced that he will perform a series of concerts in March to coincide with the stateside release of his newest album, The Pursuit (Verve). This is the fifth solo album and first in four years from the Golden Globe and Grammy-nominated artist, whose upcoming 2010 tour will bring him from the East Coast to West, making stops in New York City, Chicago and Los Angeles.

The Pursuit, which was released in November in Europe and the U.K., hit number 14 on the Billboard European Top 100 Album Chart, and landed in the top 10 digital debuts on iTunes abroad. Cullum is credited as a singer, songwriter, pianist and multi-instrumentalist, and the 14-track album features nine Cullum originals along with five cover songs-something the artist is known for.

Cullum took a much needed hiatus after touring and doing publicity for nearly two years following his 2005 hit album Catching Tales and 2003’s equally successful Twentysomething.

“I took a whole year off,” the 30-year-old Cullum says on his Web site. “I played in other people’s bands and worked with other artists, I Dj’d, made dance music with my brother and traveled.” Cullum also made use of his time off by building his own studio in London. Given the name Terrified Studios-for his lack of knowledge about technology-many of the songs off of The Pursuit began here, and were polished up in Los Angeles, where the album was completed in the summer of 2008.

The album release was delayed after Cullum was approached by Clint Eastwood to co-write and perform a song for his blockbuster film Gran Torino. The headlining song of the same name was nominated for a Golden Globe last year in the Best Original Song category. Cullum also performed on Grace is Gone, the song from the John Cusack film of the same name, which earned a 2007 nomination for Best Original Song.

Also included on his Hollywood resume, Cullum was the singing voice of Frankie The Frog in 2007’s animated Disney feature Meet The Robinsons, and his music has been featured on the popular shows So You Think You Can Dance and Dancing with the Stars.

March, 2010 American tour dates:

4 New York, NY The Town Hall

5 Philadelphia, PA The Keswick Theatre

6 Boston, MA House of Blues

7 Washington, DC 9:30 Club

9 Toronto, ON Massey Hall

12 Atlanta, GA Cobb Energy Center

13 Nashville, TN James K. Polk Theater

14 St. Louis, MO Roberts Orpheum Theater

16 Chicago, IL Park West

20 Vancouver, BC Commodore Ballroom

21 Seattle, WA The Moore Theatre

22 Portland OR Crystal Ballroom

23 San Francisco, CA The Fillmore

25 Los Angeles, CA Avalon