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Jamie Cullum to host Radio 2 programme

Jamie Cullum
Cullum shot to fame with his album Twenty Something

Musician Jamie Cullum is launching a new weekly jazz show on BBC Radio 2, it has been announced.

The programme will feature guest interviews, live performances and news from the jazz world.

"We're going to present a show that will excite people's ears and bring them into a scene they may not know about," the star said.

Cullum, who recently married model Sophie Dahl, will start his new show on 6 April at 1900 GMT.

"It's an extraordinary privilege to be able to present an hour of jazz and jazz-related music at such a civilised hour," Cullum said.

He became a household name in 2003 with his album Twenty Something.

Desmond Carrington, who currently broadcasts his show on Tuesday evenings, is being moved to the weekend slot.

It will continue to be broadcast live from his home in Perthshire, where he plays records from his own unique record collection of more than 250,000 discs.

"When I was asked to introduce a record programme in 1981, the contract was for three months," he said.

"With one or two changes, the latest being the move to Friday evenings at 1900 just after Easter - that three months will soon be 30 years.

"Thank you, Radio 2, for keeping me young."

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