If You Like Ms. Jones...

Blame Norah: Labels are going cuckoo for mellow coffeehouse crooners. First up, Jamie Cullum, a pianist-singer whose Verve debut, Twentysomething (due here May 11), has gone platinum in his native U.K. Currently touring on the jazz-club circuit, the 24-year-old tosses together sensitive acoustic pop and sprightly reworkings of Tin Pan Alley chestnuts. Does Cullum mind the Jonesian comparisons? ''God no! Someone that talented, it's a great compliment,'' says Cullum. ''In fact, I wouldn't mind marrying her.''

Originally posted Feb 13, 2004 Published in issue #751 Feb 13, 2004 Order article reprints

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