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Jon Hendricks, a jazz singer who became famous in the 1950s with the vocal trio Lambert, Hendricks & Ross by putting lyrics to well-known jazz instrumentals and turning them into vocal tours de force, died today in New York City. He was 96. Joni often cites the group Lambert, Hendricks & Ross as a major early influence. Joni recorded their song Twisted on Court and Spark, the first song not written by herself that she released on one of her albums.

In a 1986 interview, Joni said "Friends of mine who were older than me and in college began talking about Lambert, Hendricks and Ross as the hottest new sound in jazz. Their record flipped me out, but it was already out of print. I had to finally buy it off somebody and pay a lot, maybe fifteen dollars, which was unheard of at that time. But you couldn't get the record anywhere. Lambert, Hendricks and Ross were my Beatles. In high school, theirs was the record I wore thin, the one I knew all the words to."

Susan Whitall, former Creem editor and Detroit News staffer for 30 years, will be releasing a new book called "Joni on Joni: Interviews and Encounters with Joni Mitchell" to be published by the Chicago Review Press in time for Joni's 75th birthday (November 2018). This book will be a compilation of interviews with Joni throughout the years. Susan told JoniMitchell.com "I don't think there have been enough books on Joni, not when you think of how many have been written about Dylan, or the Beatles." We agree. We're making space on our bookshelf. More info here as we get it.

Happy 74th birthday to Joni on the 7th! Leave your birthday greetings for her at WeLoveYouJoni.com. And the seasons, they go round and round...

Put your ear to the pavement on Military Street in downtown Port Huron, Michigan and you just might hear the beat of an almost unimaginably vibrant live music scene - one that vanished more than a half-century ago with the burning of the Dome in 1971.

"In the '50s, there were 17 clubs in Port Huron doing music almost seven nights a week," said Chris Troy, the St. Clair-based producer and director of the new film "Something in the Water: The History of Port Huron Music, Part I."

In the early 1960s, Joni played the Folk Cellar, below the old Military Street Cafe. So did Gordon Lightfoot. Joni was interviewed for the movie - premiering at McMorran Auditorium in Port Huron on November 11. Chris Troy plans a DVD release at some point, we'll have the news here when it's available.

Good things come in threes! Yet another book is in the works on Joni. This one will be called "Joni Mitchell: New Critical Readings", to be published by Bloomsbury late 2018 or early 2019. It’s a collection of critical essays (in the academic, not the negative sense) about Joni, and includes writings by Eric Lott, Gus Stadler, Pam Thurschwell and many others. The book is edited by Ruth Charnock, who hosted the Joni Mitchell Symposium in July of 2015. Further details will be posted here as we have them.

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There are few voices in the Centre County scene that sing as sweetly as the two voices at the heart of Pure Cane Sugar.

At Elk Creek Cafe + Aleworks on Sunday, those voices will take on one of music’s most iconic voices: Joni Mitchell.

“We’ve been playing the weekend after Thanksgiving since 2009 at Elk Creek,” singer and guitarist Kate Twoey said. “Last year we decided to do something special for it, so we did a tribute to country legends, and this year Bob (Hart, Pure Cane Sugar bassist) had the idea to do Joni Mitchell, which really was scary and exciting all at the same time.” More information

On this night a host of NYC’s bravest musicians will gather to perform the record in full and pay tribute to a woman who has been influencing and inspiring the world for as long as the world can remember.

THE SINGERS:
Amber Martin
Joanna Choy
Robert Conroy
Rebecca Pronsky

THE BAND: Jesse Krakow — fretless electric bass
Mike Fornatale — electric guitar
Stuart Klinger — acoustic guitar
Lane Steinberg — acoustic guitar
Joanna Choy — percussion

Celebrated comedian, singer and cabaret star, Amber Martin, curates and hosts a weekly showcase of some of the most brilliant performers in NYC, thus the world. More information here.

SOhO & Direct Relief International Fundraiser for Puerto Rico featuring the Music of Joni Mitchell. With Douglas Clegg, Natalie D-Napoleon, Gail Hansen, Kimberly Ford, Kay Ashley, Dave Blackburn, Karen Thurber, Sierra House, Kate Wallace, Joy Bella Heilig, and Marcella Quirin. More information here.

Joni Tribute at Talullah's Crafted Food and Wine Lounge at the Renaissance Hotel in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. December 6, 2017 from 7-10pm. Michael Paz and Christina Friis will be hosting a celebration of the music of Joni Mitchell. More information here

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