Norah Jones

Biography

Vocalist and pianist Norah Jones developed a unique blend of jazz and traditional vocal pop, with hints of bluesy country and contemporary folk, due in large part to her unique upbringing. The daughter of Ravi Shankar, Jones grew up in Texas with her mother. While she always found the music of Billie Holiday and Bill Evans both intriguing and comforting, she didn't really explore jazz until attending Dallas' Booker T. Washington High School for the Performing and Visual Arts. During high school, Jones won the Down Beat Student Music Awards for Best Jazz Vocalist and Best Original Composition in 1996, and earned a second Best Jazz Vocalist award in 1997. Putting her vocal talents on the back burner, Jones worked toward earning a degree in jazz piano at the University of North Texas for two years before accepting a friend's offer of a summer sublet in Greenwich Village during the summer of 1999.
Although she fully intended to return to college that fall, the lure of the folk coffeehouses and jazz clubs proved too strong and she was soon inspired to write her own songs. Jones appeared regularly with the trip-hop-electronica band Wax Poetic and assembled her own group around songwriters Jesse Harris (guitar) and Lee Alexander (bass), with Dan Rieser on drums. In October of 2000, the group recorded a handful of demos for Blue Note Records and on the strength of these recordings, Jones signed to the jazz label in early 2001. Following an appearance on Charlie Hunter's Songs from the Analog Playground, Jones spent much of 2001 performing live with Hunter's group and working on material for her debut.
Come Away with Me, recorded by Craig Street (Cassandra Wilson, Manhattan Transfer, k.d. lang) and legendary producer Arif Mardin (Aretha Franklin, Dusty Springfield, the Bee Gees), was released in early 2002 and garnered much public attention. The combination of her striking beauty and the fact that she was the daughter of an internationally renowned musician placed Jones in the awkward position of defending her music from those who dismissed her as another pretty face (the same argument used by those opposed to Diana Krall) and/or another riding the coattails of her musical royal heritage (see Natalie Cole, Miki Coltrane, Corey Parker). Although not by any stretch a "jazz" album (the label chose to call it "jazz-informed"), it featured jazz guitarist Bill Frisell and session drummer Brian Blade, and indicated a new direction for Blue Note combining jazz aesthetics and talent with a pop sensibility. Come Away with Me eventually went multi-platinum, selling 18 million copies worldwide and winning Jones eight Grammy Awards.
In 2004, Jones released her highly anticipated follow-up album, Feels Like Home. Pairing once again with producer Arif Mardin, Jones pursued a similar approach to Come Away with Me, mixing '70s singer/songwriter-style tracks with blues, country, and her own mellow take on piano jazz. In 2003, Jones played in a group called the Little Willies along with Lee Alexander (bass), Richard Julian (guitar/vocals), Dan Rieser (drums), and Jim Campilongo (guitar), playing covers of classic American music like Hank Williams, Willie Nelson, and Kris Kristofferson. This one-off performance ultimately turned into sporadic shows at the venue whenever their individual schedules would allow, slowly incorporating original songs into their set along the way. In time, the Little Willies began considering the release of a live album, but instead wound up documenting their sound in the recording studio. Milking Bull Records issued the resultant self-titled album in March 2006.
Late in 2006, the single "Thinking About You" announced a return to her solo career. It landed on the album Not Too Late, released in early 2007. The Fall arrived in 2009, followed in 2010 by ...Featuring Norah Jones, a collection of musical collaborations. The following year Jones was asked to provide some vocals for Danger Mouse (aka Brian Burton) and Italian composer Daniele Luppi's spaghetti Western project Rome. Burton returned the favor in 2012 by producing and co-writing the songs on Jones' fifth studio album, Little Broken Hearts. She next teamed with Green Day's Billie Joe Armstrong in a project to re-create the classic 1958 Everly Brothers album Songs Our Daddy Taught Us. Recorded in nine days with bassist Tim Luntzel and drummer Dan Rieser, Foreverly was released in 2013. She returned in October of 2016 with her sixth solo record, Day Breaks, an album that reconnected Jones with the jazzy pop of her 2002 debut Come Away with Me.

Birth Date: March 30, 1979

Origin: Brooklyn, NY

Genre: Pop 

Years Active: '00s, '10s

    Albums

    No albums available

    Concerts

    1

    Ryman Auditorium

    Wednesday, March 1, 2017

    Start: Friday, November 18, 2016

    Ends: Wednesday, March 1, 2017

    Nashville, TN

    Artists: Norah Jones


    3

    BJCC Concert Hall

    Friday, March 3, 2017

    Start: Friday, November 18, 2016

    Ends: Friday, March 3, 2017

    Birmingham, AL

    Artists: Norah Jones


    4

    Saenger Theatre New Orleans

    Saturday, March 4, 2017

    Start: Friday, November 18, 2016

    Ends: Saturday, March 4, 2017

    New Orleans, LA

    Artists: Norah Jones


    6

    Pensacola Saenger Theatre

    Monday, March 6, 2017

    Start: Friday, November 18, 2016

    Ends: Monday, March 6, 2017

    Pensacola, FL

    Artists: Norah Jones


    10

    North Charleston Performing Arts Center

    Friday, March 10, 2017

    Start: Friday, November 18, 2016

    Ends: Friday, March 10, 2017

    North Charleston, SC

    Artists: Norah Jones


    14

    Duke Energy Center for the Performing Arts

    Tuesday, March 14, 2017

    Start: Friday, November 18, 2016

    Ends: Tuesday, March 14, 2017

    Raleigh, NC

    Artists: Norah Jones


    16

    Taft Theatre

    Thursday, March 16, 2017

    Start: Saturday, November 19, 2016

    Ends: Thursday, March 16, 2017

    Cincinnati, OH

    Artists: Norah Jones


    17

    Louisville Palace

    Friday, March 17, 2017

    Start: Saturday, November 19, 2016

    Ends: Friday, March 17, 2017

    Louisville, KY

    Artists: Norah Jones


    18

    Ryman Auditorium

    Saturday, March 18, 2017

    Start: Friday, November 18, 2016

    Ends: Saturday, March 18, 2017

    Nashville, TN

    Artists: Norah Jones


    20

    The Chicago Theatre

    Saturday, May 20, 2017

    Start: Saturday, December 17, 2016

    Ends: Saturday, May 20, 2017

    Chicago, IL

    Artists: Norah Jones


    21

    The Chicago Theatre

    Sunday, May 21, 2017

    Start: Thursday, December 15, 2016

    Ends: Sunday, May 21, 2017

    Chicago, IL

    Artists: Norah Jones


    23

    Fox Theatre Detroit

    Tuesday, May 23, 2017

    Start: Thursday, December 15, 2016

    Ends: Tuesday, May 23, 2017

    Detroit, MI

    Artists: Norah Jones


    24

    Jacobs Pavilion at Nautica (formerly Nautica Pavilion)

    Wednesday, May 24, 2017

    Start: Thursday, December 15, 2016

    Ends: Wednesday, May 24, 2017

    Cleveland, OH

    Artists: Norah Jones


    26

    Massey Hall

    Friday, May 26, 2017

    Start: Thursday, December 15, 2016

    Ends: Friday, May 26, 2017

    Toronto, ON

    Artists: Norah Jones


    27

    Massey Hall

    Saturday, May 27, 2017

    Start: Thursday, December 15, 2016

    Ends: Saturday, May 27, 2017

    Toronto, ON

    Artists: Norah Jones


    30

    Ohio Theatre

    Tuesday, May 30, 2017

    Start: Thursday, December 15, 2016

    Ends: Tuesday, May 30, 2017

    Columbus, OH

    Artists: Norah Jones


    31

    Murat Theatre at Old National Centre

    Wednesday, May 31, 2017

    Start: Thursday, December 15, 2016

    Ends: Wednesday, May 31, 2017

    Indianapolis, IN

    Artists: Norah Jones


    6

    Peabody Opera House

    Tuesday, June 6, 2017

    Start: Thursday, December 15, 2016

    Ends: Tuesday, June 6, 2017

    St. Louis, MO

    Artists: Norah Jones


    8

    Mud Island Amphitheatre

    Thursday, June 8, 2017

    Start: Thursday, December 15, 2016

    Ends: Thursday, June 8, 2017

    Memphis, TN

    Artists: Norah Jones


    Followers

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