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Norah Jones is a multi-GRAMMY winning singer and pianist who loves playing music with people, so she started her own podcast to do just that. Each episode, she sits down with a different guest for impromptu musical collaborations and candid conversation. Her guests come from all walks of life and every musical style and you never know where the songs will take them. So, come hang out in the studio. Norah Jones is Playing Along!

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Sasha Dobson

Sasha Dobson

2023-01-3101:12:05

Sasha Dobson is a singer, songwriter, and multi-instrumentalist whose life has run the gamut from swing dancing in Santa Cruz, to learning instruments on-the-fly in New York City. You’ll hear about how she and Norah met, how they encouraged and inspired each other, and ultimately came full circle in exploring music together. They’ll play some of Sasha’s striking solo compositions, duet on a Puss N Boots classic, and you’ll hear Norah's surprise performance for Sasha. Tune in for all that and the answer to what a Jazz singer is supposed to do with their hands! Recorded 3/29/21 Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Rodrigo Amarante

Rodrigo Amarante

2023-01-1702:43:15

Rodrigo Amarante is a singer, songwriter, and multi-instrumentalist from Brazil whose career has spanned from the immensely popular band, 'Los Hermanos,' to his collaboration with Fabrizio Moretti and Binki Shapiro 'Little Joy,' to writing and performing the theme song to 'Narcos.' His recent albums highlight his stunning work as a solo artist. He explains growing up with Samba schools, defines Norah’s favorite Portuguese word, and they play songs from all corners of his discography, including one of their recent co-writes. Tune in and get to know this true student of life! Recorded on 6/17/2022. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Brian Blade

Brian Blade

2023-01-0301:12:391

Brian Blade is a world renowned drummer hailing from Shreveport, Louisiana. In addition to his own group, Brian Blade Fellowship, he’s played with the likes of Joni Mitchell, Bob Dylan, Wayne Shorter, Chick Corea and Norah amongst many others. He is also a composer and songwriter and can be found carrying a guitar on tour in case the spark for new music strikes. Brian & Norah discuss his penchant for listening to the lyrics while he plays and gets a better understanding for where he developed his fluid style. They put this to the test while playing some of Norah's songs and then switch up the instrumentation with Brian on guitar for a few of his songs from his band, Mama Rosa, including ‘At The Centerline’ and ‘Nature’s Law.’ So tune in as Norah dares to play drums for her drummer! Recorded on 3/6/22. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Bobby Hall aka Logic

Bobby Hall aka Logic

2022-12-2001:12:50

Bobby Hall aka Logic is a brilliant rapper, producer and musician who has cut through the noise with his message of peace, love and positivity. In this episode, he and Norah discuss their relationships to their greatest hits, how to navigate through the pros and cons of social media, and finding the path that feels best for their craft. They work out an intimate version of Bobby’s iconic “1-800 song”, collaborate on a couple of his beat-driven tracks, and improvise a mashup on the spot! And you won’t want to miss Bobby’s confession to Norah, so tune in! Recorded on 6/30/22. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Valerie June

Valerie June

2022-12-0601:07:17

Valerie June is a GRAMMY-nominated singer/songwriter, musician, a yogi, healer, poet, illustrator, children’s author and all around creative. In this episode she and Norah delve into how to overcome the dark corners of your mind and use that energy for something positive. Valerie used her energy to go from watching performers soundcheck growing up, to being a celebrated artist in her own right. Norah and Val sing and play around with duo versions of some of her most special songs. Listen in for an intense conversation with a great student of life and beautiful music. Recorded on 7/16/2021 Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Chris Thile

Chris Thile

2022-11-2201:14:232

Chris Thile was born to play music! He began playing the mandolin at 5 years old and by 8 was in the popular bluegrass band, Nickel Creek. He went on to start the band Punch Brothers and to take the reins of Prairie Home Companion and reinvent it as his own ‘Live from Here with Chris Thile’. The conversation dives into what it was like growing up in church, making room for healthy debates, and the life-changing experience of having Alison Krauss as your producer. This episode is a wild card when it comes to music, as Chris suggests that he and Norah not only dig into his catalog, but also play some killer songs by Radiohead and Judee Sill. Recorded on 10/26/2021 Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Marc Rebillet

Marc Rebillet

2022-11-0801:11:061

Marc Rebillet is a wizard! You may know him as Loop Daddy or from his many viral videos improvising tracks at home in his bathrobe. And while that might not be Norah’s performance attire, she and Marc do have a lot in common sharing roots from Dallas to New York. This is by far the funkiest episode to date as Norah & Marc lay down original music on the spot while discussing childhood influences, Marc’s main inspiration Reggie Watts, and how he pieces together the music magic. Tune in to find out what he has planned next! Recorded on 1/18/2022 Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Mavis Staples

Mavis Staples

2022-10-2501:30:291

Mavis Staples is pure love and light. She grew up as part of the Staples Singers, a family whose powerful messages of peace rang loud and clear through times of civil unrest. Now, she has solidified worldwide respect and adoration as a solo artist. In this episode, Mavis treats us to many stories, from growing up in a big musical family, to staying strong through trying times, and how she spreads love through her music. She and Norah pay homage to Pops Staples with a rendition of “Friendship”, take on a gospel classic, and even get into the Christmas spirit! Recorded on 1/27/2022 Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Tarriona "Tank" Ball

Tarriona "Tank" Ball

2022-10-1101:03:40

Tarriona “Tank” Ball is the front woman of Tank and the Bangas who got her start in the slam poetry scene of New Orleans. Norah and Tank are by all means ‘friend goals’ so they cover everything from the news, to cooking, writing, attending the GRAMMYs and of course love. The music in this episode takes some surprising turns while they play new versions of songs by Tank like ‘Rollercoasters’ & ‘Friend Goals,’ a collaboration with Norah titled ‘Playing Along’ and in a twist, a new take on ‘Don’t Know Why.’ Recorded on 9/16/2021 Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jeff Tweedy

Jeff Tweedy

2022-09-2701:12:312

Jeff Tweedy is a musician, songwriter, author and frontman of the prolific band, Wilco. Norah joins Jeff in the studio to chat and play duo versions of 5 of her favorites songs of his, including ‘Jesus, Etc.,’ ‘Muzzle of Bees’ and ‘Sunken Treasure’. They dive into how he’s made music a family pastime and writing the perfect set list. Norah & Jeff laugh about the time she got the words wrong to one of his most beloved songs in front of him, and they tackle the age-old question of ‘who’s career would you like to have?’ They revisit recent history and discuss how the pandemic impacted songwriting. In the end, the answer is simple: Love is the king! Recorded on 10/1/2021 Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
What you can expect to hear hanging out in the studio for Norah Jones Is Playing Along! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
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