Jamie Cullum played for the first time in the Vienna Konzerthaus on Tuesday evening. The start of his European tour became an absolute triumph for the English jazz musician.
It worked on the fourth attempt: not on April 23, 2020, but on Tuesday evening Jamie Cullum played for the first time in the Vienna Konzerthaus. Blame: Corona, of course, which led to three cancellations. But the two-year wait was absolutely worth it: the start of the European tour of the sympathetic Brit turned into a single triumphal procession in the packed Great Hall, with a musical spectrum from jazz to pop to Latin and funk – including enthusiastically dancing fans.
In the 20 years of his career, Jamie Cullum has perfectly cultivated the image of the eternally young pop star among jazz stars. What seriously distinguishes the now 42-year-old, with the looks and stage performance of a rookie half his age, from many of the mainstream “pop comets” that mostly die out quickly: he has a powerful voice and masters an instrument at the highest professional level – in his case: the Piano. Just as important: the rogue in the neck, a radiant lightness and a complete lack of respect for the venerable – such as the Bösendorfer concert grand piano, which he climbed several times.
Jamie Cullum exudes an irrepressible joy of playing live, whether he plays his own like the groovy “Bury A Friend”, his band throws in a dry funk or he himself revives the style of Professor Longhair from the bayous of New Orleans on the piano. Conversely, the isolated, rather solemn classics are just as authentic: Cole Porter’s “I Get The Kick Out of You”, for example, and on Tuesday especially the Dinah Washington hit “What A Difference A Day Makes”, atmospherically high on the solo piano .
In the last third, something happened that the Great Hall of the Konzerthaus has actually never experienced in this form: Cullum and his stylish seven-piece combo turned completely in the direction of Latin and Funk – and everyone, really everyone in the audience danced and jumped rhythmically, and that in a fixed plush-seated hall. Insider tip: There are still a few remaining tickets for the second Cullum evening in the Konzerthaus on Thursday (March 24).