Holy cow was that ever impressive! Just got home from a really cool night out at Vancouver's Commodore Ballroom where I took in two really talented acts in Irish rockabilly songstress, Imelda May, and the incomparable, energetic pop-jazz sensation, Jamie Cullum.
With my mate Tia along for the ride, we arrived on Granville Street just before 9pm and picked up our tickets (courtesy of Scotiabank's "Scene Card") from The Commodore box office. We then proceeded upstairs and to our seats in a private booth, right of house, merely minutes before Imelda hit the stage with her 4-piece band.
Having never heard of the delectable Imelda, I really had no idea what to expect, but Tia and I were both suitably impressed with her deep, raspy, soulful voice which was spot on for the 1950's-style rockabilly sound she was championing. The crowd at floor level seemed more than familiar with her work and were fired up from the opening number, so all in all she proved to be the perfect "warm-up" for the main act - Jamie Cullum.
I mentioned a few days ago that I first got a glimpse of Jamie Cullum at the 2006 Ottawa Jazz Festival. I was blown away by his energy and musical abilities then, so it was a real privilege for me to witness him again in the flesh here in Vancouver tonight.
I'll post his diverse and near perfect set list as soon as I can get my hands on it, but in the meantime let me just say that he covered the best tracks off of his most recent release "The Pursuit" like "I'm All Over It", "Wheels" and "Mixtape", some old favourites, and stripped down, jazzed up covers of Rhianna's "Don't Stop the Music", Jamie Foxx's "Gold Digger" and the most impressive of all, Justin Timberlake's "Cry Me A River".
A true showman, filled with energy and constantly delivering witty and entertaining between-song-banter, Jamie Cullum is definitely one of the most entertaining acts I have, and probably will, see this year and I can't recommend him enough to people out there looking for someone new to sink their teeth into (figuratively speaking of course).
And now to the pics...
I gotta tell you, considering we weren't able to get that close to the stage, I'm more than happy with the quality of shot that my little Canon G11 was able to capture!
Links & Credits
- All images // Rob Masefield
- Commodore Ballroom // commodoreballroom.com
- Imelda May website // imeldamay.co.uk
- Jamie Cullum website // jamiecullum.com
- "London Skies" video // Pinappleshell (YouTube)
- Canon G11 // dpreview.com