Not since Diana Krall has a solo female jazz artist created such a critical sensation in the media. Norah Jones is slowly but surely bringing her style of contemporary jazz to a growing audience with

Not since Diana Krall has a solo female jazz artist created such a critical sensation in the media. Norah Jones is slowly but surely bringing her style of contemporary jazz to a growing audience with her major-label debut album on Blue Note/Capitol, "Come Away With Me."

Released Feb. 26, the Arif Mardin-produced "Come Away With Me" bowed on the Billboard's Heatseekers chart at a peak position of No. 5 in the March 16 issue. The album also became a No. 1 hit on the Top Contemporary Jazz Albums chart, and moves 62-58 this week on The Billboard 200.

Jones, 22, says, "I just try to stay focused on my music and my shows." The daughter of famed Indian musician Ravi Shankar, Jones was born in Brooklyn, N.Y., and raised in Dallas. Jones has since returned to New York, where she is now based. She says, "I used to be more of a piano player; sometimes I feel I can sing better without the piano, but for now I feel comfortable doing both."

Jones, who has been seen running the talk show gamut over the last few weeks, is currently touring in support of "Come Away With Me." She has dates scheduled an April 12 appearance in Denver, and will take to the road again in June.

She'll also be among the many artists who will celebrate Willie Nelson at an April 14 tribute concert at Nashville's Ryman Auditorium that will be taped for future broadcast by cable channel A&E. Also scheduled to appear are Ryan Adams, Aaron Neville, Dave Matthews, Emmylou Harris, Hank Williams III, Bon Jovi's Jon Bon Jovi and Richie Sambora, Lee Ann Womack, Lyle Lovett, and matchbox twenty.

Here are Norah Jones' upcoming tour dates:

March 29: Austin, Texas (Stubb's Barbeque)
March 30: Dallas (Gypsy Tea Room)
April 2: San Diego (Canes)
April 3-4: West Hollywood, Calif. (House of Blues)
April 5: San Francisco (Fillmore)
April 6: Claremont, Calif. (Claremont McKenna College)
April 8: Portland, Ore. (Crystal Ballroom)
April 9: Seattle (Moore Theatre)
April 12: Denver (Fillmore Auditorium)
April 14: Nashville (Ryman Auditorium)
June 8: Rochester, N.Y. (Max's at Eastman Place)
June 9: Pittsburgh (Three Rivers Arts Festival)
June 25: Victoria, British Columbia (JazzFest International)





Excerpted and adapted from the March 30, 2002, issue of Billboard. The full original text of the article is available in the Billboard.com members section.

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