During the golden age of jazz, the St. Regis Hotel in New York City played host to some of the most beloved jazz musicians of the time. Staying true to their rich musical history, the St. Regis is restoring a time-honored tradition by unveiling the Jazz Legends the St. Regis series across hotels and resorts worldwide. For the inaugural Jazz Legends at St. Regis series, Jamie Cullum, British singer-songwriter and modern-day jazz icon, was the headlining act.
The Jazz Legends at St. Regis debuted in DC Wednesday night in the hotel’s Astor Ballroom, which was made-over to be a lavish 1920’s jazz club. When guests stepped into the glitzy ballroom-turned-speakeasy, they were treated to dry martini’s from bow-tied butlers. Women in cocktail dresses and formal gowns and men in tuxedos were the perfect accompaniment to a stunning backdrop — an elegant grand piano took center stage, while sparking chandeliers glittered overhead, and bouquets of lush red roses adorned nearby tabletops.
Veuve Clicquot was flowing throughout the night while guests experienced an intimate and interactive performance by Cullum. Like all truly talented musicians, Cullum’s live performance was better than any recording. He seamlessly intertwined modern-day pop songs with classical jazz sounds and his own original music to create an interesting and captivating performance.
Unfortunately for the DC folks, Cullum doesn’t have plans to return to the St. Regis yet, but on a happier note, there will be more Jazz Legends at St. Regis performances to come… and they come highly recommended!