Bursting onto the international jazz stage with her 2002 five-Grammy-winning debut, Come Away With Me, jazz-and-then-some chanteuse, musician and composer Norah Jones has since won another four Grammys and sold over 45 million albums worldwide as an acclaimed solo artist and won praise for her work with alt-country projects The Little Willies and Puss N Boots.
Her latest album, Day Breaks, released in the fall of 2016, returns her to her jazz roots while also cementing her role as 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. A kindred spirit to Come Away With Me, the album 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, fittingly, given her upcoming Massey Hall performance, Neil Young (“Don’t Be Denied”).