Christone "Kingfish" Ingram | Jamie Cullum | Umbria Jazz

Christone “Kingfish” Ingram

Jamie Cullum

Mon, 11 July - hours 21:00
Arena Santa Giuliana
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Christone “Kingfish” Ingram

Many think Kingfish is the future of blues. Kingfish is the stage name of Christone Ingram, a young boy from Mississippi who literally stole the scene of blues music with a debut people hadn’t seen in years. Rolling Stone declared, “Kingfish is one of the most exciting young guitarists in years, with a sound that encompasses B.B. King, Jimi Hendrix and Prince.” He’s a predestined artist. His first album, recorded in Memphis and titled “Kingfish”, received a Grammy nominee (Best Traditional Blues Album) and debuted on the Billboard Blues Chart in the no. 1 position. The album was released by Alligator Records, the historic Chicago-based record label. The best of black music of the last decades was recorded there. Alligator Records president considers Kingfish a young, visionary blues giant. Alligator Records has released his second album, recorded in Nashville and titled “662”, the telephone area code for Ingram’s birthplace. The record is somehow more personal than the previous one and talks more intimately about his author in the thirteen songs. Kingfish says 662 is a reflection of my growth as a musician, a songwriter, a bandleader, and as a young man. Kingfish’s blues is deeply rooted in Mississippi Delta music and looking to the future, supported by a guitar-playing mastery recalling the greats of the past. Kingfish himself says he keeps one foot in the past, the most classic blues in the American tradition, but he’s also moving forward. Growing up with gospel music, Kingfish landed in the devil’s music, playing drums first, then the bass, and ended up becoming a guitar virtuoso. In a few years, all this (festivals, TV shows, important clubs, collaborations with Keb Mo, Buddy Guy, Eric Gales). This is just the beginning: I have a lot to say, so please stay tuned. _________________________________________________________________________________________  
  • Doors | 7 pm
  • Restaurant stage | 7:30 pm
  • Main stage | 9 pm
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Jamie Cullum

With millions of records sold under his belt, a Grammy nomination (Best Jazz Vocal Album) and a Golden Globe nomination (the song of “Gran Torino”, Clint Eastwood's film), plus many other awards and nominations, Jamie Cullum is today a star whose transversal popularity goes beyond codified genres. Cullum has been defined as the British jazz artist capable of the fastest record sale in history for the tumultuous global success of “Twentysomething”, his third album. It was just the beginning. Over time, the label of jazzman has become increasingly cramped for Cullum. Starting from jazz (“Pointless Nostalgic” and “Twentysomething” were the records which brought him to the attention of the general public), and thanks to a very versatile talent, Cullum has expanded his musical horizons, ranging through soul, hip hop, rock, and pop. Jamie Cullum sings, plays piano, guitar, and drums, and writes songs in which he manages to mix the many influences that have marked his formation as an Essex boy in love with all good music. At that time, young Jamie played anything in different bands and possible situations, from clubs to weddings. He used the first money he earned to pay for college and an album with only 500 copies made, which are now being sold at a high price at auctions. This is how his great career started, from having an already reputation as an excellent jazz piano player and vocalist to performing at the main jazz and rock festivals worldwide and becoming a radio star. His stage presence is stunning, and his performances show an artist who gives his best when on stage. Despite his success, Jamie Cullum is looking to the future and says songwriting represents his highest aspiration now. His latest record is a Christmas album titled “The Pianoman At Christmas”. _________________________________________________________________________________________  
  • Doors | 7 pm
  • Restaurant stage | 7:30 pm
  • Main stage | 9 pm