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Norah Jones Norah Jones' was born March 30, 1979, in New York City, but her musical life began in Grapevine, Texas. It was during her time there that she began singing in church choirs, taking piano lessons -- even briefly trying out the alto saxophone.
Norah's earliest influences came from her mother's extensive LP collection and a Dallas "oldies" radio station. It was among her mom's records that she found the first jazz recordings that spoke to her. "My mom had this eight-album Billie Holiday set. I picked out one disc that I liked and played that over and over again. 'You Go To My Head,' that was my favorite..."

Norah and her mother, Sue, moved to central Dallas when Norah was fifteen. She became a student at the Booker T. Washington High School for the Performing and Visual Arts. At 16, Inspired by an Etta James recording of "I'll Be Seeing You," she performed the song at a local coffeehouse on open mic night -- her first solo gig.

While still in high school, Norah performed with a jazz-rock band and earned her first awards: the 1996 Down Beat Student Music Awards for "Best Jazz Vocalist" and "Best Original Composition." She won the Down Beat SMA for "Best Jazz Vocalist" again in 1997. She later majored in jazz piano at the University of North Texas, known for it's top-rated jazz program.

Her musical life started taking off when she moved to Manhattan in 1999 "for the summer." She discovered a city so rich and appealing that she made it her home. Late that year, she began to appear regularly with a funk-fusion band called Wax Poetic and by the fall 2000 she had a group of her own and had recorded demos for Blue Note Records. Following a live showcase, she signed with Blue Note in January 2001.

In May 2001, Jones started work on her first CD for Blue Note, Come Away With Me, with producer Craig Street. In August, she asked legendary producer Arif Mardin to come on board. The adroit, understated production and the solid backing of her group (Jesse Harris, Lee Alexander, and Dan Rieser) along with some talented guest artists (including Bill Frisell) gave Norah room to combine elements of jazz, soul, country, and folk-pop in a warm, unselfconscious blend. Her intimate vocals, superb songwriting, and solid piano playing draws a listener further and further in.

Set List for Norah Jones on Piano Jazz
  • September In the Rain (Dubin/Warren)
  • In The Dark (Little/Green)
  • Comes Love (Brown/Stept/Tobias)
  • For All We Know (Doots/Lewis)
  • I Can't Get Started (V.Duke/I.Gershwin)
  • Don't Know Why (Jesse Harris)
  • Peace (Silver)
  • The Nearness of You (Carmichael)
  • Beautiful Friendship (Kahn/Styne)

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