Norah Jones will be making appearances on NBC’s Late Night With Jimmy Fallon (June 13) and The Today Show (June 15) before kicking off her 2012 North American tour on June 20 in Indianapolis. Jones also recently taped an episode of VH1 Storytellers that will air on June 8, as well as an episode of PBS Live From The Artists Den that will air late summer. Her performance of “Happy Pills” will also air this Friday, May 18 on The Rachael Ray Show.
Jones has just released Little Broken Hearts, a stunning collaboration with producer Danger Mouse that has met with universal acclaim. In a profile segment on Extra, Adam Weissler called Little Broken Hearts “the best album of her career – a textured tapestry of love and heartache.“
The iTunes Festival 2012 returns this September for an entire month of free gigs at The Roundhouse in London. Artists performing this year include Jones, as well as Jack White, Usher and One Direction. Download the free official iTunes Festival app to see the line-up, apply for tickets, and watch the shows live or on repeat for a limited time. “I can’t wait to return to London for the iTunes Festival and play in a venue with such deep history,” said Jones. “It’s great to be on a bill with an amazing range of artists and to be on the same stage on which The Stones, Bowie, The Ramones, The Clash and so many others played.”
Jones has added an October 19 stop at Austin’s ACL Moody theatre to her run of Fall U.S. dates. Tickets for that show, as well as Des Moines, Omaha, Kansas City, St. Louis, Tulsa, Houston, Dallas, and New Orleans go on sale this Friday, May 18. See below for a full list of tour dates or visit www.norahjones.com for ticketing details.
NORAH JONES – 2012 TOUR DATES:
May 25 – Olympia Theater – Paris, France
May 26 – Alte Opera – Frankfurt, Germany
May 28 – Carre Theater – Amsterdam, Netherlands
June 1 – Royal Festival Hall – London, United Kingdom
June 2 – Royal Festival Hall – London, United Kingdom
June 20 – Murat Theater – Indianapolis, Indiana
June 22 – Mud Island Amphitheater – Memphis, Tennessee
June 23 – Fox Theater – Atlanta, Georgia
June 24 – Ryman Auditorium – Nashville, Tennessee
June 27 – Wolf Trap – Vienna, Virginia
June 28 – Mann Center – Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
June 29 – Kodak Hall – Rochester, New York
July 1 – Bank of America Pavilion – Boston, Massachusetts
July 2 – Oakdale Theatre – Wallingford, Connecticut
July 3 – Central Park SummerStage – New York, New York
July 6 – Massey Hall – Toronto, Ontario
July 7 – Montreal Jazz Festival – Montreal, Quebec
July 14 – Lucca Festival – Lucca, Italy
July 16 – Neumunster Abbey – Luxembourg City, Luxembourg
July 17 – Stadtpark – Hamburg, Germany
July 19 – Dalhalla – Rattvik, Sweden
July 20 – Moldejazz Festival – Molde, Norway
July 22 – Pori Jazz Fest – Pori, Finland
August 7 – Santa Barbara Bowl – Santa Barbara, California
August 10 – Hollywood Bowl – Los Angeles, California
August 11 – Outside Lands Festival – San Francisco, CA
August 12 – Harvey’s Outdoor Arena – Lake Tahoe, Nevada
August 15 – Les Schwab Amphitheater – Bend, Oregon
August 17 – Edgefield Winery – Portland, Oregon
August 18 – Marymoor Amphitheater – Seattle, Washington
August 21 – Red Butte Garden – Salt Lake City, Utah
August 23 – Red Rocks – Denver, Colorado
October 7 – Orpheum Theatre – Minneapolis, MN
October 8 – Riverside Theater – Milwaukee, WI
October 9 – Chicago Theater – Chicago, IL
October 11 – Civic Center – Des Moines, IA **on sale Friday, 5/18 at 10am
October 12 – Orpheum Theatre – Omaha, NE **on sale Friday, 5/18 at 10am
October 13 – Midland Theatre – Kansas City, MO **on sale Friday, 5/18 at 10am
October 15 – Peabody Opera House – St. Louis, MO **on sale Friday, 5/18 at 10am
October 16 – Brady Theatre – Tulsa, OK **on sale Friday, 5/18 at 10am
October 19 – ACL Moody Theatre – Austin, TX **on sale Friday, 5/18 at 10am
October 20 – Bayou Music Center – Houston, TX **on sale Friday, 5/18 at 10am
October 22 – McFarlin Auditorium – Dallas, TX **on sale Friday, 5/18 at 10am
October 23 – Mahalia Jackson Theatre – New Orleans, LA **on sale Friday, 5/18 at 10am
Norah Jones has set a May 1 release date for Little Broken Hearts (Blue Note/EMI), her stunning new album produced by Danger Mouse (aka Brian Burton). Jones has also revealed the album cover and track listing of the 12-song set, which features original songs co-written by Jones and Burton.
Jones drew the inspiration for the album cover from the vintage movie posters that adorn Burton’s Los Angeles studio. “Brian has this great collection of Russ Meyer posters in his studio,” explains Jones, “and this particular one, called Mudhoney, was right over the couch where I sat every day. I always was looking at it and thinking ‘that’s so cool I want to look like her!’ I remember staring at the poster the whole time we made the record. It’s a great visual.”
Little Broken Hearts is the fascinating next step in the artistic evolution of one of the music world’s most consistently intriguing singer-songwriters. Jones first emerged on the world stage 10 years ago this month 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 synthetic pop music of the time. Come Away With Me has just become the #10 best-selling album of the Soundscan era. The album has sold 25 million copies worldwide.
Since then, Jones has released three more critically acclaimed and commercially successful solo albums—Feels Like Home (2004), Not Too Late (2007), and The Fall (2009)—as well as two albums with her country collective The Little Willies. The 2010 compilation …Featuring Norah Jones showed her to possess an incredibly versatile voice by collecting her collaborations with artists as diverse as Willie Nelson, Outkast, Herbie Hancock, and Foo Fighters. Jones previously collaborated with Danger Mouse on his acclaimed 2011 album ROME, a valentine to classic Italian film score music that also featured Jack White.
Jones will tour extensively in 2012, performing at a mixture of festivals, amphitheatres and theatres in the US and abroad. Select summer European dates, including a pair of sold out London shows at the Royal Festival Hall, are already posted at www.norahjones.com, with more to be announced in the coming weeks. US tour dates will be revealed shortly, but in the immediate future Jones will be performing at SXSW in Austin, Texas. She will debut songs from Little Broken Hearts with her new band at La Zona Rosa (March 17 at 7:45pm), and will also be performing with The Little Willies at Waterloo Records (March 15 at 1:00pm) and Antone’s (March 15 at 10:00pm).
The track listing for Little Broken Hearts is as follows:
1. Good Morning
2. Say Goodbye
3. Little Broken Hearts
4. She’s 22
5. Take It Back
6. After The Fall
7. 4 Broken Hearts
8. Travelin’ On
9. Out On The Road
10. Happy Pills
12. All A Dream
*All songs written By Norah Jones & Brian Burton
Norah Jones is set to release a new album this spring entitled Little Broken Hearts (Blue Note/EMI), a collaboration with the producer and musician Danger Mouse. The two first worked together when Danger Mouse called upon Jones to contribute vocals to his acclaimed 2011 album ROME, and their connection proved deep enough that they decided to collaborate on Jones’ fifth studio album. Little Broken Hearts, which features original songs co-written by Jones and Danger Mouse, is the fascinating next step in the artistic evolution of one of the most intriguing singers to have emerged in the past decade. Together they have married their highly personal styles to create an entirely new sound.
It was that singular voice that caught the attention of Danger Mouse as he began to conceptualize ROME, his homage to classic Italian film score music. He already had Jack White in mind for the male role, and he and his collaborator Daniele Luppi realized that Norah’s voice would give the project the perfect balance it needed. Jones contributed three standout songs to ROME (check out a stripped-down live acoustic version of “Black” on RollingStone.com) and around the same time she and Danger Mouse began working on some of the material that would eventually become Little Broken Hearts.
The duo reconvened in Danger Mouse’s Los Angeles studio this past fall to finish what they had begun. The songs were all built from the ground up in the studio, with Jones and Danger Mouse sharing all the songwriting credits and performing the majority of the instrumental parts; Jones on piano, keyboards, bass, and guitar, and Danger Mouse contributing drums, bass, guitar, keyboards, and string arrangements.
Jones will tour extensively in 2012, performing at a mixture of festivals, amphitheatres and theatres in the US and abroad, including her return to the Hollywood Bowl, which has been announced as part of the venue’s subscriber series. The nine-time Grammy-winning singer will be appearing at the iconic outdoor amphitheatre in Los Angeles on August 10. The public may purchase subscriptions starting January 24. Groups of 10 or more may purchase subscription tickets starting January 30. Patrons may purchase five or more concerts at one time starting March 13. Single tickets go on sale on Saturday, May 5. For more information visit www.hollywoodbowl.com or call (323) 850-2000.
Jones will also perform at the Kodak Hall at Eastman Theater in Rochester, New York, on June 29. Tickets go on sale to the public here on Friday, January 27 at 10:00am EST. Many more dates will be announced in the coming months. Visit www.norahjones.com and sign up for the email list to receive tour updates.
Written by Tina Benitez, Photos by Patrick Eves
It’s hard to imagine the Little Willies running out of songs following their sold-out Bell House performance Sunday night. Pouring out a 26-song set, singer Norah Jones admitted that’s exactly what happened a few nights earlier. Their 2006 debut and a sophomore release on the way, Little Willies reunited for a lengthy showcase of their upcoming For the Good Times, named after Kris Kristofferson’s 1970 hit, out January 2012 and some older tracks.
A mix of covers from Johnny Cash, Dolly Parton, Loretta Lynn and Lefty Frizell and other country greats, Times is the band’s homage to the quintet’s common, musical love, something which united the artists, Jones on piano, guitarist and vocalist Richard Julian, drummer Dan Rieser, guitarist Jim Campilongo and Lee Alexander on stand-up bass, in 2003. A brief intermission followed song 13—or part one—perhaps a “lucky” number for their pre-Halloween gig or a way of paying equal homage to their entire archive.
Pulling out Kris Kristofferson’s “Best of All Possible Worlds” during the first part of their set, Julian joked that he enjoyed the Kristofferson sandwich of tunes on the night’s set with “For the Good Times” performed two songs before. Campilongo-penned “Tommy Rockwood,” the sole original track on Times, added a more dance-y moment with the song title’s said given and surname serving as the only lyrics chanted by the audience upon Julian’s cue. “Did you go to the bathroom, get a drink”? asked Jones dressed in a black sleeveless dress and cowboy boots and curly hair bundled up under a black and grey porkpie hat.
Upon her set two return, Jones fluidly nailed Parton’s “Jolene” and Lynn’s “Fist City,” vividly echoing both legends throughout the entire set. Impulsive, unpredictable, Little Willies move from heartfelt to facetious from song to song. “You pissed me off in a dream this morning,” said Jones to Julian. “Dreams are compensatory,” retorted Julian. “Maybe you’re in love with me?” Jones’ coy smile was a perfect segue into Willie Nelson’s “Permanently Lonely.” “I got a feeling called the blues,” sang Jones and Julian before stirring up the bluesy Cliff Friend/Irving Mills hit “Lovesick Blues,” one of several songs that allowed Jones to stand and break from her seat at the keys before Little Willies closed with a strange homage to a New York City rock legend with “Lou Reed,” the bizarre tale of how the band caught the rocker tipping cows one night.
American icon Tony Bennett is celebrating his 85th birthday this year with a new album, “Tony Bennett: Duets II” which will be released on September 20th onRPM/Columbia Records. Bennett began the live recording process with several artists during Grammy week in February at LA’s famed Capital Studios. “Duets II”produced by Phil Ramone follows up “Tony Bennett Duets: An American Classic” CD, the 2006 Grammy winning best selling CD which became Bennett’s best selling recording to date.
Alone Tony Bennett is legendary. In partnership with another singer, he’s extraordinary. A sterling all-star roster will join Tony in the studio including Lady Gaga, Amy Winehouse, Mariah Carey, John Mayer, Natalie Cole, Sheryl Crow, Norah Jones, Josh Groban, Queen Latifah, and Aretha Franklin. Some of country’s biggest names will also join the round-up including Faith Hill, Willie Nelson and Carrie Underwood. From the international pantheon: angel-voiced tenor Andrea Bocelli from Italy and Latino singer-songwriter Alejandro Sanz from Spain. Michael Bublé and k.d. lang who were both featured on the original album returned for “Duets II”. All duets were recorded live in the studio with Bennett.
“I love the Great American songbook and have been fortunate to have had the opportunity to introduce many of these songs to the public…It is a thrill to perform them once again with artists that I admire to create new interpretations of the music I love so much,” says Bennett.
The US and international recording sessions for “Duets II” were filmed by Academy award winning cinematographer Dion Beebe (“Chicago,” “Memoirs Of A Geisha”, “Collateral”) and are being unveiled in conjunction with the new album, providing an in depth study of Bennett’s creative and artistic process.
One of the album’s most notable tracks is “Body and Soul”, a duet between Tony and the late Amy Winehouse recorded at the iconic Abbey Road Studios in London. The song is one of her last works, and is slated for release as a single on September 14th via iTunes. All proceeds from the sale of the song will go to The Amy Winehouse Foundation, an organization set up by the singer’s family to provide support for young people suffering from substance abuse.
Also Bennett is scheduled to make his debut appearance at the Metropolitan Opera House on September 18. The concert will feature pop standards from the Great American Songbook, many of which Bennett has introduced and recorded to critical and popular acclaim that led to a string of greatest hits over his 60-year career. “I’ve been practicing my whole life to perform on the stage of the Metropolitan Opera House,” Bennett said. “It’s a dream come true.”
Pre-order your own copy from Amazon here: http://www.amazon.com/Duets-II-Tony-Bennett/dp/B0052GACNM
Watch the official video for “Speak Low” with Norah Jones: http://www.vevo.com/watch/tony-bennett-norah-jones/speak-low/USSM21101664
Check out what Tony had to say about Amy Winehouse after doing a heartfelt tribute at the MTV VMAs ceremony: http://www.mtv.com/news/articles/1669907/amy-winehouse-tony-bennett-tribute.jhtml
Get an exclusive sneak peak at “Duets II” here: http://www.amazon.com/gp/mpd/permalink/mHJ9ABX5YD2QT
1. The Lady Is A Tramp with Lady Gaga (Listen to a 30 second clip)
2. One For My Baby (And One More For The Road) with John Mayer
3. Body And Soul with Amy Winehouse
4. Don’t Get Around Much Anymore with Michael Bublé
5. Blue Velvet with k.d. lang
6. How Do You Keep The Music Playing with Aretha Franklin
7. The Girl I Love with Sheryl Crow
8. On The Sunny Side of the Street with Willie Nelson
9. Who Can I Turn To (When Nobody Needs Me) with Queen Latifah
10. Speak Low with Norah Jones
11. This Is All I Ask with Josh Groban
12. Watch What Happens with Natalie Cole
13. Stranger In Paradise with Andrea Bocelli
14. The Way You Look Tonight with Faith Hill
15. Yesterday I Heard The Rain with Alejandro Sanz
16. It Had To Be You with Carrie Underwood
17. When Do The Bells Ring For Me with Mariah Carey
Danger Mouse & Daniele Luppi’s Rome album isn’t set for release until May 17th but we’re happy to bring you some music off of it today. Take a listen to “Black” featuring Norah Jones. You just might love it.
Also, check out a video below with Danger Mouse, Luppi, Jones and Jack White talking about Rome.
Over the past few weeks leading up to the release of her latest album …Featuring, Norah Jones debuted a series short video vignettes that talk about each collaboration on the record, ranging from the legendary artists Ray Charles, Willie Nelson and Dolly Parton to the Foo Fighters, Outkast, and indie darlings M. Ward and Ryan Adams. Now these clips have been combined into a long-form video, making for a fascinating and cohesive new look at the inspiration that went in to the recording of each track. Visit Hulu.com to check out the piece.
Norah will perform the track “Bull Rider” from the album this Thursday night, 12/2, on the Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson, which airs on CBS at 12:35 am Eastern. “Bull Rider” was recorded as a duet with jazz singer Sasha Dobson – a former bandmate of Norah’s in various side projects – and was originally sung by the late Johnny Cash. …Featuring is available now, in stores and online through Amazon or NorahJones.com.