Jamie Cullum has been keeping busy this year, despite the many challenges we’ve all had to face.

Having sold 11 million records worldwide, Cullum suddenly had to put the brakes on this year’s global tour in support of his eighth album, Taller. But he continued his creative output: books, a web series, his BBC Radio show (which you can hear on JAZZ.FM91), and now, a terrific holiday album.

The Pianoman at Christmas features 10 original tunes played by 57 of the best musicians in Britain. Produced by Greg Wells, the record is a joyful homage to the festive season that meshes Cullum’s sharp songwriting with a big, orchestral sound.

Cullum joined us to talk about the new record and the unprecedented circumstances under which it was made.