HE'S the most successful UK jazz artist ever, so when Jamie Cullum released details of his new tour, a double take was needed when the list included the Princess Theatre in Torquay.
Having sold four million albums, and received Grammy, Golden Globe and Brit nominations, Jamie could fill venues 10 times the size of the Torquay theatre.
But as it's his first UK tour in more than three years, the modest singer is taking nothing for granted and has chosen intimate settings over ticket sales.
"I've not toured the UK for a while and it's always best to see if people are still interested in seeing you," says Jamie. "I'd rather a venue be packed to the rafters than be a bit sparse.
"Smaller venues are fun because it's an opportunity to perform an intimate show. As I tour all over the world it means I have an opportunity to be a bit more creative with the bookings. Rather than being about how much money you make, this time it's about where I haven't played before.
"Sometimes I do have a say where that is, but there are people who deal with that kind of stuff."
So although Torquay might not have been a venue Jamie directly requested, he couldn't be more happy about it being on the tour because it will be a trip down memory lane for him.
"I've been to Devon quite a few times," reveals Jamie. "My parents spend about six weeks out of the year in Budleigh Salterton.
"I stayed recently in Torquay in a really nice hotel down by the water. I've spent a lot of summers in Devon because my aunty used to live in Totnes, and I grew up near Bristol."
The Momentum tour, named after his new album, kicked off this week and will arrive in Torquay on Wednesday, October 30.
It has been four years since Jamie's last studio album and critics and fans alike have dubbed it his best work yet. But Jamie is perhaps his own harshest critic.
He says: "An album is never exactly how you wanted it to be. At the time of making it I thought it was a really good piece of work and I was really happy when it was all put together. It sounds great and there's a really good evolution to it. If my albums start getting worse rather than better, that's when I will stop!
"In the studio you want to get things right, but not too right. You still want it to be a bit rough around the edges and be a bit human."
What Jamie does do well is combining different styles of music, and he is the first to admit his own musical taste is probably as diverse as you can get.
From an early age he was obsessed with all types of music: rock, hip-hop, acid jazz and blues. Jamie discovered jazz as a teenager, via artists like Herbie Hancock and Miles Davis, and while studying English and film at college, he began working as a singer-pianist anywhere he could get gigs.
Jamie's first major record label album, Twentysomething, rapidly became the fastest selling jazz album in UK history, and his mix of styles has resulted in multi-platinum sales globally.
"I love electronic music," admits Jamie. "I've been trying to infuse it more and more into what I do but in a more human way so that it sounds less robotic. I'm quite good at doing before I think when it comes to making music.
"On the Momentum album I'm really proud of the songs I wrote. Sad, Sad World is probably one of my favourites. I really love the sentiment of it."
The album also includes a recorded version of Pure Imagination from Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory, the 1971 musical adapted from the 1964 book Charlie and the Chocolate Factory by Roald Dahl, or as Jamie would be entitled to view the late author, his grandfather-in-law.
The jazz pianist and songwriter married model Sophie Dahl, daughter of Roald Dahl's daughter Tessa, in 2010, and they now have two daughters.
But Jamie insists the family connection did not come into it because it's a song he's been playing for years.
"It's totally unrelated," he emphasises. "Obviously it is more interesting for people writing about it if there had been. I just love Anthony Newley who wrote it.
"Sophie likes the whole record. She's really good at encouraging me to just have fun in the studio if I'm fretting about things."
Juggling work and home life is a balancing act Jamie is still trying to manage like people in all walks of life.
"If anyone has got the answer to that then let me know," he laughs. "It's hard. Having children changes everything really and nearly all for the better, and if it didn't have an impact on my myself then that would be really strange indeed."
Also keeping Jamie busy is his Radio 2 show which he has no been doing for three years.
"I love doing the show: It's great fun. It's just become part of my life now. It's an extension of what I used to do which is make mix tapes for people!
"I've got to meet a lot of my heroes and ask questions I want to know the answer to of people such as Dave Brubeck and Clint Eastwood.
"It's a real joy. I did it for six weeks and now I can't imagine my life without it."
There is no let up in Jamie's schedule in the months ahead. Next year sees the singer touring America and Australia, but for now he is embracing being back on tour in the UK and gives an insight into what his fans can look forward to.
"Although we do rehearse we don't have a set list on stage," reveals Jamie. "When we turn up we could play anything from any of the six records and in any order. We also have a great stage set up with video screens, projections and cameras which we're taking all over Europe and America.
"It's always great to be touring and I get such an amazing reception to my records. It's nice to be still doing it after 10 years and that people are still interested to see the gigs. I love it."
Tickets for the gig cost £26 to £38.50. Call 0844 871 3023 or visit www.plymouthpavilions.com