@the House of Blues 7-27-02
by Don Brown Sr.
The Jazz Internet
Las Vegas Jazz n' Blues
Las Vegas Blues
Rock, pop, soul and jazz are some of the words to describe newcomer Norah Jones. None of these words do justice for this singer-pianist. Touring behind the strength of her bold debut cd, Come Away With Me, Jones stopped by the House of Blues in Las Vegas.
Norah and her band, Lee Alexander bass, Adam Levey guitar, and drummer Andrew, gave it their all. Opening with the Hank Williams classic "Cold, Cold Heart," they made it sound so completely different it was a new song. "Nightingale" showed the crowd promise of good things to come.
The sold out crowd really came to life with the song "Feeling The Same Way." Norah brought out backup singer Dar Rue, and they performed a song by the Band, "Baby Let Me Follow You Down." A new song by guitarist Adam Levey called "In The Morning" got a good response from the crowd. The title song of the debut cd, "Come Away With Me," held the crowd's attention.
"What Am I To Do" lead into a few songs that only featured some of the band. A Mose Allison song was performed by Norah and bassist Lee Alexander only. Even better was "Painter Song." Though written by Alexander, this song was performed by Jones and Levey. "Lonestar" featured all of the band except the drummer.
The fans wildly cheered when the band started Norah's hit single "Don't Know Why." Another new song by Norah and Lee, "My Toes Just Touched The Water," had a jazzy gospel feel to it. "Going Down The Road" brought this truly fascinating set to its end.
The eruption of the packed house brought Norah out alone for "The Nearness Of You," the Hogey Carmichael classic. The band returned, and the fans treated them warmly. Norah lead the band through "Turn Me On," much to the delight of this turned on crowd.
Photography Carol Michaud © 2002-2004 Brown Ink
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