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She performed in bars and cafes, reuniting with an old college acquaintance, Jesse Harris – who would go on to write four of the songs on Jones’s debut album – and broadening her repertoire to include country songs as well as jazz. She met Lee Alexander, who would become both her boyfriend and her bass player.
It was these same recordings, with the most subtle dressing from the veteran producer Arif Mardin, that would form the basis of Come Away With Me.One of the first was a pretty, sultry ballad called Come Away With Me.In 2000 she and Alexander were playing a jazz set in a small cafe where they were seen by a woman who worked in the accounts department at EMI Records, and suggested that she could put Jones in touch with Bruce Lundvall, the head of Blue Note, the legendary jazz label.The height of her ambition, she now remembers, was 'to stop waiting tables’.An album of smoky, low-key ballads, almost bashful in its understated good taste, Come Away With Me went on to sell more than 20 million copies.'When she said “Bruce Lundvall” I remember thinking, who’s that? 'And then she told me Blue Note Records, and I thought, whoah! And I’ll be damned if she didn’t call me the next day and say, “All right, I have us an appointment to meet Bruce next week.” And I’d forgotten the conversation. I was like, I got drunk last night, I turned 21.’ Jones had already recorded a demo tape, including a couple of Jesse Harris songs in a country-folk idiom and the jazz standard Spring Can Really Hang You Up the Most.
'Bruce listened to it and he said, “What do you wanna do, kid? ” I’m sitting there in Blue Note Records, and I’m like, “A jazz singer, of course.” I didn’t know what I wanted to do, but I wasn’t going to flail around in front of the big boss.’ Lundvall would later describe how bowled over he was by Jones at their first meeting.
'All the attention and the interviews and busy and… 'I mean, it was all good things but it was also kind of a lot at once.
One minute you’re buzzed about, and the next minute you’re too successful and people are sick of you – it’s like, “Ugh, I don’t even want this.” I’m not complaining, because who wouldn’t want their record to be successful?
Jones is tiny – 5ft 1in – and dressed in a downbeat jeans, blouse and anorak ensemble that is as effective as camouflage.
The luxuriant tumble of long hair that framed her face on the cover of Come Away With Me has gone, replaced by a waif-like bob – part of a life makeover three years ago which included, as she put it at the time, breaking up with her long-standing boyfriend, 'turning 30, changing my band, getting a dog, cutting my hair…’ Her dark eyes are guarded, her manner reserved to the point of formality.
And I remember thinking, “Mom, we had a dog, a cat, you were raising me by yourself, you had a full-time job – how did you do it? At five she was singing in the church choir, at seven she was taking piano lessons.