33 episodes

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!

Norah Jones Is Playing Along Norah Jones

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    • 4.9 • 433 Ratings

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!

    Laufey

    Laufey

    Norah is joined by Laufey, the honey voiced Icelandic singer-songwriter and multi instrumentalist whose modern jazz sound has won her both a GRAMMY nomination and millions of fans on TikTok. They talk about building a career in music while maintaining autonomy, and play some of Laufey's elegant originals, along with a lovely version of "Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas," featuring Norah on piano and Laufey on cello. Recorded 8/05/23.
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    • 1 hr 11 min
    Rufus Wainwright

    Rufus Wainwright

    Norah sits down with the incredible singer, songwriter, and pianist, Rufus Wainwright, to talk about music and family, and to sing in sweet harmony. His gorgeous piano playing shines on songs from his early career, and Norah gets to play for him on an old standard from the Judy Garland "Live at Carnegie Hall" album. He tells some fabulous stories and they duet on a classic murder ballad from his new album, "Folkocracy.” Recorded 4/27/23.
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    • 1 hr 9 min
    Dave Grohl

    Dave Grohl

    Dave Grohl and Norah hang out in Foo Fighters' studio to play through some choice songs from his epic career. Dave talks about why he decided to take the hard road after Nirvana, getting lost in the White House, and asks Norah to take him to music school. Norah and Dave duet on a song that he hasn't played in 20 years, and he makes her day by lending his powerful drumming to one of her songs. This warm and wide-ranging episode gives an intimate peek into the mind of one of modern rock's most beloved legends. Recorded 4/26/23.
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    • 1 hr 45 min
    The National

    The National

    Matt Berninger and Bryce Dessner of The National join Norah by the fireplace to talk about and play songs from their amazing new album, The First Two Pages of Frankenstein. They fill her in on what it was like to come together as a band while living in far away places, the inspiration for the album, and writers block. Matt's warm baritone inspires Norah to ask for a duet on the first-ever acoustic performance of a decade-old song. Recorded 4/29/23.
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    • 1 hr 6 min
    Margaret Glaspy

    Margaret Glaspy

    Margaret Glaspy is a stellar singer-songwriter whose distinct approach has drawn in listeners far and wide. With her evocative lyrics, magnetic guitar playing, and unshakable vocals, Margaret’s performances are always inspiring and this episode is no exception! Listen in as Norah and Margaret rock out on her new singles, standouts from her catalogue, a powerful Lucinda Williams cover, and chat about the evolution from competitive fiddler to her bold new album, Echo The Diamond. Recorded 6/16/23
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    • 1 hr 11 min
    Questlove and Christian McBride

    Questlove and Christian McBride

    This special session features not one but two incredible and incomparable musicians - Questlove and Christian McBride. Both hail from Philadelphia and have become titans of the music scene, each in their own right. Go back in time as they relive shared hilarious high school memories, musically breakdown some of their greatest influences, and come together with Norah on inspired covers of D’Angelo, Pops Staples, Kris Kristofferson and more. Recorded 5/10/2023.
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    • 2 hr 13 min

Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
433 Ratings

433 Ratings

John Artim ,

A Master-Class In Collaboration!

Ms. Jone’s podcast is my best podcast find of 2023, and I found *many* awesome podcasts in 2023! Since I first found Playing Along, I’ve listened to nearly every episode you’ve put out and enjoyed every one of them—even the suggestions episode you and Ms. Oda did together was a great listen! Yes, it’s great fun to listen to musicians and how you all approach your work. I love jazz. I used to live 15 minutes drive from Yoshi’s Oakland and spent a decade hearing many amazing jazz musicians. But a dozen or so years ago, I moved to a rural town many hours’ drive from the nearest jazz club and I desperately miss going to live jazz performances. What I love most about “Playing Along” is the wonderful improvisational vibe, no matter the musical genre the guest favors!

I’m not a musician nor do I have any musical talent. In my working life, I was a software engineer and systems analyst for over twenty years. My job often involved coordinating efforts in large projects and connecting the voice of the ultimate users of our projects’ efforts to my software-engineering coworkers. After 22 years of that, I went back to grad school in Environmental Sciences and I now teach and research in biology and how my biology research relates to research across economics, politics, engineering, and other aspects of the Environmental Sciences. The common thread throughout my working life is collaboration and helping make a space where that collaboration can take place. None of what I’ve done in my life is anything like the world of music presented by this podcast. So I also love this podcast because Ms. Jones and Ms. Oda have created the most amazing master class in collaboration I can ever imagine! Thank you so, so much for this!!!!

Who would I like to hear on the podcast? I’m among the many who would love to hear Norah Jones and Bonnie Raitt playing together. Lana Del Rey would be fabulous—I first found Ms. Del Rey’s music through my students and would love to get broader sense of who she is. Hearing Norah Jones and Diana Krall would be the very best! I adored the episode with Quest Love and Christian McBride—other combos like that forming impromptu trios would be utterly amazing! And I would also love to hear Norah Jones with Jim Campilongo—I went to grammar school with Jim and would love to hear him chatting and making music with Norah! In your “suggestions” podcast, you and Ms. Oda talked about how elaborate your job producing these podcasts is. Could you do an episode that takes us inside how that production works? It might be just too wonky for most peoples’ interests, but I’d love to hear more about how you go through that process! And maybe in some future episodes, highlight some of the interesting sidewomen/sidemen you’ve played with—folks we wouldn’t ordinarily hear much about.

One last thought. Have you ever done that mental game of imagining who would be sitting around your ideal dinner-party table? Norah Jones and Sarah Oda are definitely sitting at that imaginary table!

Winton Boyd ,

Please come back

This podcast was one of my highlights last year. I hope it returns! I loved the musical creativity and collaboration and the casual banter. Thanks for all the hard work!

ftworthfan ,

Very interesting music podcast

I love this podcast so much because I learn something new with each guest Nora duets with. Nora and her guests pull back the curtain and I discover artists I never would have known about and how talented they are, or I learn about pop/country/hip-hop/jazz history that I had not known before. I live for the nuggets of wisdom and music history they dish out. I am here for the name dropping and the exquisite musical performances. I love the relaxed vibe. Nothing is rushed. It plays out like it should. Very entertaining and worth my time.

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