Geethali Norah Jones Shankar, 30 March 1979, Brooklyn, New York City, New York, USA. Jones beguiling blend of jazz and popular music styles marked her out as one of the most interesting vocalists to emerge from America at the start of the new millennium.
The daughter of legendary Indian musician Ravi Shankar, Jones grew up in Grapevine, Texas with her mother. She attended Dallas Booker T. Washington High School for the Performing and Visual Arts, winning several DownBeat jazz awards during her time as a student. Jones then elected to study jazz piano at the University of North Texas, but during the summer of 1999 relocated to Greenwich Village where she began to make an impression on the local folk and jazz scene. She appeared with the fusion band Wax Poetic before setting up her own unit with her boyfriend Lee Alexander (bass), Jesse Harris (guitar), and Dan Rieser (drums), and recording the independently released EP First...
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