Jamie Cullum has been in Washington celebrating International Jazz Day, and collecting content for his weekly Radio 2 Jazz Show.
Some of the biggest names in jazz gathered at the White House for the occasion, and Jamie also performed at a concert hosted by President Barack Obama and his wife Michelle.
At one point during rehearsals, part of the White House was evacuated because of a suspect bag, and Jamie took that opportunity to record interviews with Herbie Hancock, Chick Corea, Robert Glasper, Kurt Elling, Esperanza Spalding and bassist Marcus Miller. They will all feature, along with their music, on his BBC Radio 2 show at 1900 on 24th May.
Jamie 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 is broadcast every Tuesday from 1900-2000 on BBC Radio 2.