BURBANK, CA Thursday Jul.22.2004 /netmusiccountdown.com/ -- English jazz-pop singer and pianist, Jamie Cullum, will guest on "The Tonight Show with Jay Leno" on August 5. Cullum's debut release, "Twentysomething" is the fastest selling jazz album in UK jazz history, and Cullum is the biggest selling UK jazz artist ever.

But Cullum is aware his music doesn't neatly fit into any one category. He tries to keep things in perspective. Cullum told The Independent earlier this year, "Someone who is in love with jazz is going to get annoyed when I'm called the greatest British jazz artist alive today, which is fair enough. People question whether I'm jazz at all, and I resolutely say I am, but I'm not pushing the boundaries in the usual way. I'm pushing the limits of the music in terms of how entertaining and accessible it can be without making lift-music. I'm trying to find out whether you can get 16-year-olds who listen to The Strokes and 20-year-olds who listen to house music to think, 'Actually, this is cooler than I thought.' I'm lucky enough to have my music pushed by a major label. So I'm able to bring jazz to a new audience."

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