December is a slow month in regards to concerts as, presumably, most musicians would prefer to spend time with their families during the holiday season. However, The Tonight Show with Conan O' Brien films until the week before Christmas and is something that everyone local to Los Angeles should experience at least once. At the very reasonable price of completely free, one can see the comedian, his celebrity guests and a popular musical act live at the NBC studios.
On December 15th, Norah Jones, while promoting her new album The Fall, appeared as a musical guest for the show. Norah Jones is best known for sweeping the Grammy Awards in 2003, taking home 8 awards including Best New Artist and Album of the Year, despite being largely unknown by the public at the time. In the past her music has been categorized as jazz with soul and folk influences. On her latest fourth album, she steps outside of the box a little bit, her ballads still nurturing, but more up-tempo with hints of blues and soul.
Though Norah Jones stands at only 5'1, it is clear as she approaches her keyboard and croons the first notes of her popular single "Chasing Pirates," that her size is in no way an indication of the talent and raw vocal strength that lies within her. She belts out the song passionately, her fingers dancing over the keys effortlessly, her lulling voice mesmerizing an audience that was only moments ago fraught with laughter and energy, into an almost hypnotized, tranquil state. Upon finishing her song, the listeners immediately snap out of their reverie, clapping enthusiastically. Norah bows gracefully before exiting the stage to converse with Conan, who needlessly plugs her album a few times before the show ends. It is clear that those who have not already purchased the album were moved to do so after hearing Norah's soothing, warbling tunes.