This week we thought we would treat you to a little preview of a special interview Jamie Cullum did recently with his favourite pianist, Ahmad Jamal! The interview will feature on Jamie’s show next Tuesday 16th April on BBC Radio 2 at 7pm.
Jamie sits down with Ahmad Jamal at the Piano at the BBC’s Maida Vale Studios where they talk about his childhood growing up in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania and the incredible artists that have come out of the city.
Ahmad Jamal also talks about learning the piano from an early age and even plays a childhood favourite of his, listen to the clip below to find out what it is!
They discuss how his improvisational style has evolved, his experience playing in big bands and his feelings on being sampled by hip-hop artists.
He also talks about working on his legendary Poinciana album at the Pershing Hotel nightclub.
Ahmad Jamal also talks about what it’s been like composing more new material than ever before and describes the process of making his new Grammy Award Nominated album, Blue Moon.
So tune in next Tuesday 16th April at 7pm – definitely an interview not to be missed!