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 Dec 17: SFJazz to honor Joni with lifetime achievement award

SFJazz will honor the singer-songwriter Joni Mitchell with a lifetime achievement award for her artistic vision and contributions to modern music at its annual gala, to be held May 8, 2015, organizers announced on Wednesday.

Mitchell, 71, the Canadian native who came up busking on the sidewalks of Toronto before moving to Southern California to find mainstream success with songs like "Big Yellow Taxi" and "River," will make a rare live appearance at the black-tie event, which will also feature musical tributes by Brian Blade & The Fellowship Band and the award-winning SFJazz Collective.

While best known as a leading light of the '70s West Coast folk-pop scene, Mitchell frequently dabbled in jazz, recording with musicians such as Charles Mingus, Herbie Hancock, Pat Metheny, Jaco Pastorius and Michael Brecker.

She recently released the box set "Love Has Many Faces: A Quartet, a Ballet, Waiting To Be Danced," a four-disc collection of songs tracing her career back to the '60s. In the liner notes, Mitchell, who is also an artist, describes herself as "a painter who writes songs."

The gala, to be co-chaired by Chronicle Books Publisher and SFJazz Trustee Nion McEvoy and longtime foundation supporter Penny Coulter, raises funds for the organization's youth education programs.

Previous SFJazz honorees include Herbie Hancock, Wayne Shorter and Stevie Wonder.

 Nov 23: Joni to appear on Tavis Smiley show, Nov 25

The Rock and Roll Hall of Famer reminisces about her music career, from her coffee house days to playing some of the biggest venues in the world. More info
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 Joni's Soul, London, February 8

What's your favourite Joni Mitchell song? Both Sides Now, Coyote, Edith and the Kingpin...? You'll hear those and more on this Joni lovefest! Singer Gina Foster (Sinead O'Connor, Eric Clapton) and guitarist Ronnie Johnson (Van Morrison, Peter Green) set out to explore the heart and soul of Ms Mitchell's masterpieces, emphasis on the Soul! They are joined by Jim Watson on Piano(Manu Katché, Paul Carrack), John Mckenzie on bass (Bob Dylan, Pete Brown) and Paul Beavis on drums (Robbie McIntosh, Andy Fairweather-Low). Along with this stellar cast, they will be joined by guest vocalists Mim Grey and Kevin Leo. It promises to be yet another sold-out heartwarming night, not to be missed! More info

 Debra Mann's Tribute to Joni, Fall River MA, Feb 12

Debra Mann Quintet
Tribute to Joni Mitchell
Thursday, February 12, 2015, 8 PM

Narrows Center for the Arts
16 Anawan Street
Fall River, MA 02721
(508) 324-1926
Tickets: $22 Advance | $25 Day of Show

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