My New Favorite Thing: Jamie Cullum On Ellen



Oh be still my heart – why can’t we discover this level of talent on American Idol?  I have been waiting to see a cross-genre artist on American Idol and it looks like it just isn’t going to happen.  I thought this was the direction that Adam Lambert was moving toward during Season 8, but, as of now, not yet. He is more than capable – it’s his call.

But Jamie Cullum’s style incorporates big band + jazz + pop rock + hip hop and his very cool and current musical delivery is absolutely refreshing to hear. 

In the above video, filmed during his innovative performance of Rihanna’s “Please Don’t Stop The Music” on The Ellen DeGeneres Show,  Jamie  moves with rhythmic ease and precision from the stage to the piano,  then fiddles with the keys and the piano strings, then back to the stage and then ends at the piano.  You see – this is what performing is all about!

And Jamie can pen his own music. His new double-disc album, The Pursuit [CD / DVD] [Deluxe Edition]  is available on Amazon.Com and ITunes and anywhere else that you can find great music. It contains an eclectic array of Jamie’s original music and exciting arrangements of cover songs.

The Amazon.Com editorial stated:

The Pursuit features nine Cullum originals and five cover songs that showcase the Grammy® and Golden Globe nominated entertainer’s unique voice and iconoclastic interpretive skills. The self-penned gems include the buoyant first single “I’m All Over It,” the cheerfully apocalyptic “Wheels,” the animated swing of “You and Me Are Gone,” Cullum’s love song to music “Mixtape” and his love song to love “Love Ain’t Gonna Let You Down.” Elsewhere on the album, Cullum reinvents 1930s jazz standards (Cole Porter’s “Just One Of Those Things” and “Love For Sale”), brings the dance floor into the bedroom (Rihanna’s “Don’t Stop The Music”) and cleans the pancake off the Great White Way (Leslie Bricusse’s “If I Ruled the World” and Stephen Sondheim’s “Not While I’m Around”).

 That’s good enough for me. ITunes  and Amazon – here I come!

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Rosanne (Giallonardo) Simunovic began her musical career in Timmins, Ontario. She studied piano with Anne Pizzale and later, at an advanced level, with Soeur Anita Vaugeois (Sister Cecile of Les Soeurs De L’Assomption in Timmins). Her vocal and accompaniment skills were nurtured by her aunt, the late Dorothea Mascioli. When Rosanne graduated from O’Gorman High School, she moved on to the University of Toronto where she continued her piano and vocal studies while attaining a Bachelor of Arts Degree. She was hired as a piano accompanist for several musical companies, most notably, the National Ballet Of Canada. She presently holds an A.R.C.T. Teacher’s Diploma in Voice from the Royal Conservatory of Music in Toronto. Rosanne has studied choral conducting with numerous well known Canadian Conductors, including Wayne Riddell of Montreal, Quebec and the internationally renowned Dr. Elmer Iseler. She has been a founding member of numerous community-based arts organizations: the Timmins Arts Council, later known as Arts & Culture Timmins, the Timmins Symphony Orchestra, and, the Timmins Youth Singers…as well as the TYS Alumnus choir, the Timmins Concert Singers. In 1987, she was also selected to be the conductor of the Timmins Board Of Education Choir, comprised of talented students from Grades 5 to 8. In 1988, she was elected to the Board Of Directors of the Ontario Choral Federation (now known as Choirs Ontario), where she served as Chair of the Festivals Committee for six consecutive seasons. In 1996, in honour of the Ontario Choral Federation’s 25th Anniversary, Rosanne was selected as one of 25 recipients of the OCF’s Distinguished Service Award for outstanding contribution to the choral art. The ceremony was presided by Lieutenant Governor, Hal Jackman. In November 1997, Rosanne Simunovic was selected by the Rotary Club Of Timmins to receive the prestigious Paul Harris Award for her years of dedication to the artistic development of young musical talent in Timmins. In August of 2002, Rosanne Simunovic was selected by the Board Of Directors of Choirs Ontario to serve as Conductor of both the Provincial Junior and Teen Choir Camps, now renamed in honour of the Camp Benefactors, Don and Lillian Wright. In November 2002, Rosanne was the one of the recipients of the Commemorative Medal for the Golden Jubilee of Queen Elizabeth II, honouring her work in the development of the arts in Timmins. Under Rosanne Simunovic’s direction, the Timmins Youth Singers and the Timmins Concert Singers have been featured in numerous choral festivals and performing opportunities outside of Timmins. In 1985, they were selected to partici

5 Responses to “My New Favorite Thing: Jamie Cullum On Ellen”

  1. MCL,

    Thank you so much for introducing us to this multi-talented artist! What a great experience to listen to this kind of unbridled, exceptional singing, as well as all the musical instruments. I am definitely going to check out his cd on itunes!

    When you mentioned that you hoped Adam might go in this direction, it just punctuated the disappointment I feel about what he has chosen to do at this point in his career. At least with Jamie, he knows it’s about the vocals. Somehow, the instruments never interfere with his voice. Now that’s being intelligent and appreciating your own talent!

    We share a great love for the wonders of the human voice, in all its many incarnations. I am so glad that you continue to seek out this kind of talent and make us aware of it, so that we can experience the joy of listening!


  2. Mindy – thank you for your kind words. Jamie just touched me with his artistry and I had to share his talent with all of my readers. I plan to add more as time permits. It is my way of showing all of you the singers that speak to me as a true vocal artist.


  3. I love him too! It was very exciting seeing him on Ellen.


  4. MCL, thank you so much for the intro!!! i just checked Jamie’s tour schedule and he’ll be in my neighborhood this Tuesday night! how lucky am i?????


  5. Janey – you are very lucky indeed! Isn’t her crazy good?


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