Q&A: Norah Jones reflects on her music, career and rise to prominence

George Varga, The San Diego Union-Tribune on

Published in Entertainment News

SAN DIEGO — It's been 20 years since the release of Norah Jones's gently captivating debut album, "Come Away With Me."

The album went on to sell more than 27 million copies worldwide and earned Jones six Grammy Awards. It was a swift and heady rise to prominence for the then-23-year-old troubadour.

"It was a whirlwind! And it was definitely turbo-speed," Jones told the San Diego Union-Tribune.

In this bonus Q&A, Jones reflects further on her music, her career, her rise to prominence and why she liked to shop at Target when visiting family in Encinitas in San Diego's North County.

Q: Do you still have your alto saxophone? And, if so, when is the last time you played it?

A: It's in my closet and I probably haven't played it since ninth grade. So, I'm afraid to open it, but someday...


Q: How cold was it on top of the Empire State Building in January when you and your band performed The Beatles' "Let It Be" and "I've Got a Feeling?"

A: It was freezing! I don't know how we got through that, but the recording sounds so good. We actually did it over Christmas when I was doing all the (videos) for my Christmas record.

Q: Was playing on top of the Empire State building inspired by The Beatles having done their last performance in January 1969 on the roof of Apple Records in London?

A: I think that started the whole thing. I wasn't the one who planned it; it was was a record company idea. And, at the last second, I realized they couldn't get a piano up the Empire State Building's elevator! So, we had a vintage Wurlitzer electric piano, which I loved. But when we got up on top of the building, there was something about antenna (frequencies) and we couldn't use it.


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