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Norah Jones first emerged on the world stage  with the February 2002 release of Come Away With Me, her  self-described moody  little  record  that  introduced  a  singular  new  voice  and  grew  into  a  global phenomenon,  sweeping  the  2003  Grammy  Awards  and  signaling  a  paradigm  shift  away  from  the prevailing  pop  music  of  the  time.  Since  then,  Norah  has  sold  over  45  million  albums  worldwide  and become  a  9-time  Grammy-winner.  She  has  released  a  series  of  critically  acclaimed  and  commercially successful solo albums—Feels Like Home (2004), Not Too Late (2007), The Fall (2009), and Little Broken Hearts (2012)—as well as albums with her collective bands The Little Willies and Puss N Boots. The 2010 compilation ...Featuring Norah Jones showcased her incredible versatility by collecting her collaborations with artists as diverse as Willie Nelson, Outkast, Herbie Hancock, and Foo Fighters. Little Broken Hearts, which  was  produced  by  Danger  Mouse,  was  a  fascinating  step  in  the  artistic  evolution  of  one  of  the music world’s most consistently intriguing singer-songwriters.

However, when Norah first moved from Texas to New York City in the Summer of 1999 it was with the hope  of  being  a  jazz  singer,  and  she  quickly  found  gigs  singing  jazz  standards  in  restaurants  and  clubs around town. Around  the same time she met Jesse Harris (who would collaborate on her  debut album and  write  her  breakout  song Don’t  Know  Why)  and  soon  fell  into  the  singer-songwriter  scene  at  the Living Room on Manhattan’s Lower East Side. By the time she recorded Come Away With Me her sound had  changed  direction  and  evolved  into  something  much  broader  and more  her  own.  But  her  jazz influences—from Bill Evans and Miles Davis to Billie Holiday and Nina Simone—have always remained.

In  2014,  Norah  travelled  to  Washington  DC  to  take  part  in  the  Kennedy  Center’s  historic Blue  Note  at 75 concert celebrating the 75th anniversary of the legendary label that Norah has called home since the late Bruce Lundvall signed her in 2000. Surrounded by a family of Blue Note musicians including McCoy Tyner,   Wayne   Shorter,   Dr.  Lonnie   Smith,  Robert  Glasper   and  others,  Norah  was inspired.  After performing a gorgeous solo piano rendition of Hoagy Carmichael’s The Nearness of You she was joined by what she referred to on-stage as one of the best  bands I’ve ever played with featuring Shorter on saxophone,  Brian  Blade  on  drums,  John  Patitucci  on  bass,  and  Jason  Moran  on  piano  for  a  stunning version of the Jesse Harris song I’ve Got To See You Again that appeared on Come Away With Me. That thrilling experience planted a seed...

Now  Norah  has  come  full  circle  with Day  Breaks,  a  remarkable  new  album  that  finds  her  returning  to her  jazz  roots  while  also  proving  her  to  be  this  era’s quintessential American  artist,  the  purveyor  of  an unmistakably  unique  sound  that  weaves  together  the  threads  of  several  bedrock  styles  of  American music: country, folk, rock, soul, jazz. Day Breaksis a kindred spirit to Come Away With Me, though it is unquestionably  the  work  of a mature  artist  who  has  lived  life  and  grown  immensely  in  her  craft.  The album  features  jazz  luminaries  including  saxophonist  Wayne  Shorter,  organist Dr.  Lonnie  Smith,  and drummer Brian Blade who played on Norah’s debut album and became the backbone (and backbeat) of the new album. Day Breaks is a set of 9 originals written or co-written by Norah with collaborators Sarah Oda  and  Pete  Remm  whose  themes  range  from  love  in  all  its  guises  to  the  socio-political,  as  well  as 3 covers of songs by Horace Silver (Peace), Duke Ellington (Fleurette Africaine) and Neil Young (Don’t Be Denied). 

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