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In December 2015, the Smithsonian called on rock and roll lovers around the world to collect photos and stories of their favorite moments in music. Fans dug through attics, basements, closets, shoeboxes, digital cameras, and photo albums to contribute. Artists ranging from the Who to Nirvana to Chuck Berry to the Jimi Hendrix and many more are celebrated in the resulting book entitled "Smithsonian Rock and Roll: Live and Unseen". There is a photo of Joni included in the book taken by Jim Marshall that we had not seen before!

Verve and UMe will reissue Hancock’s River: The Joni Letters for its 10th anniversary this Friday, December 15. The original album, mostly featuring songs of Joni Mitchell, will be paired with a bonus EP of four additional recordings from the sessions. Two of them – covers of “A Case of You” and “All I Want” – were previously only available on an Amazon-exclusive pressing of the album, while the other pair, “Harlem In Havana” and “I Had a King,” were exclusive to iTunes. More information here.

The multiple fires threatening southern California have forced nearly 200,000 people in the Los Angeles and Ventura areas to evacuate. Those concerned about Joni can rest assured that she is safe and out of harm's way.

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.

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Bogies in Westlake Village invited Kiki Ebsen to reprise her Joni Mitchell Project after their sold-out Sept. ’17 show, which also celebrated the release of Kiki’s latest CD, “Cool Songs, Vol. 2 – The Music of Joni Mitchell.” A decade of favorite Joni Mitchell songs from “Both Sides Now” and “Case of You” to “Coyote” and “Chelsea Morning” with dynamic arrangements of “Woodstock,” “Big Yellow Taxi,” and “Free Man in Paris.” Enjoy “Blonde in the Bleachers,” “Twisted,” and “Sex Kills” and other songs from Joni’s later, more edgy material, all in one evening of music.

Kiki Ebsen’s Joni Mitchell Project features:
Kiki Ebsen | Vocals, Piano, Keyboard, Guitar
Grant Geissman | Guitars, Sitar, Vocals
Terry Wollman | Guitar, Vocals
Steven Lawrence | Bass
Matt Starr | Drums

Location: Bogies, 32001 Agoura Rd., Westlake Village, CA 91361
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Time: 6:30–8:30pm More info

Don’t Give Yourself Away
Vince Mendoza, conductor
Sarah Slean, vocalist

In the early 2000s, arranger and conductor Vince Mendoza went in to the studio with Joni Mitchell to record two albums: “Both Sides Now” and “Travelogue” – the SSO is thrilled to present Don’t Give Yourself Away to celebrate the music of Joni Mitchell.

Joni Mitchell’s career crossed musical boundaries, challenged musical ideas, and spoke to the human race in an intimate, personal, political, and profound way. One of the true maverick’s of musical arts, her music and lyrics had a lasting impact on generations of music makers and music lovers.

It is a pleasure to present the first concert experience of these arrangements with their arranger on stage with us. The night is dedicated to the iconic Joni Mitchell in gratitude for the inspiration she has given the musical community.

7:30PM, Saturday, March 3, 2018
TCU Place, Sid Buckwold Theatre
35 – 22nd Street East
Saskatoon, SK S7K 0C8
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