Jamie Cullum with Medeski, Martin and Wood backstage at the Cheltenham Jazz Festival

I've been a superfan of the band Medeski, Martin and Wood for almost as long I've been a musician. In almost every song I've ever made I try to inject a bit of MMW - the breakdown in Mixtape, Love for $ale, the If I ruled the world and Pure Imagination grooves - they are a constant source of inspiration to me. If you haven't checked out their music before then start NOW!

At this years Cheltenham Jazz Festival I managed to get them to come over from the states and play a gig. They flew over specifically for the show. They are having a year off in 2015 - they have been playing together for 25 years - so this was literally one of the only gigs they were going to play this year at all. I met them in the dressing room, and we set about having a little rehearsal. John Medeski playing a melodica, Billy Martin playing a pandeiro (a Brazilian tambourine) and Chris Wood on the double bass. It was our only chance to rehearse. We discussed some song ideas and we set about learning them. Minutes later we were performing them on stage. I recorded it for myself but thought I should share this wonderful moment with you all!

Enjoy watching my face have a permanently 'I can't believe this' vibe about it.

Enjoy this table concert/rehearsal!


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