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The Music Center has added James Taylor and Brandi Carlile to the previously announced line-up of singers and musicians who will honor Joni Mitchell on her 75th birthday as part of JONI 75: A Birthday Celebration Live at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion on November 6 and 7. A limited number of additional tickets have been released and are going fast.

James Taylor and Brandi Carlile will join Glen Hansard, Emmylou Harris, Norah Jones, Chaka Khan, Diana Krall, Kris Kristofferson, Los Lobos, Graham Nash, Seal, and Rufus Wainwright to perform songs from Mitchell’s prolific career. Co-musical directors providing the musical arrangements for the evenings are drummer Brian Blade, who recorded three studio albums and toured extensively with Mitchell, and, pianist, composer, arranger producer Jon Cowherd.

In August of 1969, a dairy farm in the state of New York hosted a pivotal moment in the history of pop music. Taking place only two years after the "Summer of Love” and one year after the tumultuous events of 1968, the Woodstock Music and Art Fair put an exclamation point on the transformational decade of the 1960s.

Joni did not attend Woodstock, but her song of the same name captures an opposition inherent to the turbulent and divisive era. “We are stardust...caught in the devil’s bargain, ...and we’ve got to get ourselves back to the garden.”

For the 50th anniversary of this event, join us at Berklee College of Music and Boston Conservatory at Berklee for a campus-wide celebration featuring concerts, clinics, exhibits, films, and speakers.

We are currently accepting submissions for symposium speaker proposals. The committee hopes that Mitchell's evocative lyrics inspire a similarly wide-ranging set of proposals. For more information, see the Call for Papers.

Max Bennett's first professional gig was in 1949, and throughout his long career he played with such legends as Peggy Lee, Ella Fitzgerald, Frank Zappa, Frank Sinatra, Ray Charles, Marvin Gaye, George Harrison, Joan Baez, Joni, and many more. Max is often associated with the famous 'Wrecking Crew', a loose collective of session musicians based in Los Angeles whose services were employed for thousands of studio recordings in the 1960s and early 1970s.

In 1973, Bennett, along with Tom Scott, founded the L.A. Express which served as the core band for Joni's Court and Spark album. A subsequent iteration of the group backed Joni on her 1974 tour which spawned the live Miles of Aisles album.

Max states on his website: "I feel that the relationship with Joni was the pinnacle of great music and total fun! She is a great lady!" Max was also interviewed for JoniMitchell.com in 2011 where he talked more about his time recording and touring with Joni.

Max Bennett was 90 years old. Our thoughts go out to his friends and family.

After many months with a team scanning & editing thousands of images, refining his selections, designing layouts and writing the text, Norman Seeff has now completed a book that celebrates Joni and their working relationship over 12 photo-sessions from 1972-1985. Their collaboration on albums, magazine covers and performance pieces reveal Joni’s fluid identity as a true artist in ways that few have managed to capture, before or since.

The book is timed for release in November 2018, in conjunction with a series of concerts celebrating Joni's 75th birthday at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion. Norman is thrilled to make the book, a high quality lithographic poster and a new series of Limited Edition prints available via his own e-commerce store. It should be mentioned that this link (and the LA concerts) will be the first opportunity to get the book, and that this link offers many items that places such as Amazon will not have available.

Buffy Sainte-Marie: The Authorized Biography will be released on September 25. "Folk hero. Songwriter icon. Living legend. Buffy Sainte-Marie is all of these things and more. In this, Sainte-Marie's first and only authorized biography, music critic Andrea Warner draws from more than sixty hours of exclusive interviews to offer a powerful, intimate look at the life of the beloved artist and everything that she has accomplished in her seventy-seven years (and counting)." Joni has written the Foreword for the book, saying "whenever Buffy came to town I went down to the coffee house to hear her play. Her songs were so smart, so well-crafted, and her performances were stunning."

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‘Down To You’ is a concert version of John Kelly’s acclaimed tribute to the music of Joni Mitchell. This ‘drag free’ version is performed without the usual theatrical costumes, focused on songs from the various stages of Ms. Mitchell’s career, sung in Kelly’s signature three-octave voice, and played utilizing her unique guitar tunings and on the dulcimer that she gave him upon first seeing his performance. Music direction and piano by Zecca Esquibel.

Kelly’s 2017 version of ‘Down to You’ (Joe’s Pub, June 2017) was cited by The New York Times as one of the top ten opera and vocal performances of the year and was included in New York Magazine’s ‘Reasons to Love New York’ feature.

John Kelly is a performance and visual artist. Over the course of his four-decade-long career he has created over 30 group and solo performance works including ‘Pass The Blutwurst, Bitte’, ‘Find My Way Home’, and ‘Paved Paradise: The Art of Joni Mitchell’. His works have been presented at BAM, Lincoln Center, The Kitchen, New York Live Arts, PS 122 and the Tate Modern among other venues.

Awards and fellowships include 2 Bessie Awards, 2 Obie Awards, a USA Artists Award, and 2 NEA American Masterpieces Awards. Fellowships include The American Academy in Rome, The Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study, and The Sundance Theatre Institute.

In 2017 he premiered ‘Time No Line,’ a performance work based on 40 years of journal writings at La MaMa, and an exhibition of his visual artwork was presented at Howl! Happening and subsequently traveled to Real Art Ways in Hartford, CT. More information here

‘Down To You’ is a concert version of John Kelly’s acclaimed tribute to the music of Joni Mitchell. This ‘drag free’ version is performed without the usual theatrical costumes, focused on songs from the various stages of Ms. Mitchell’s career, sung in Kelly’s signature three-octave voice, and played utilizing her unique guitar tunings and on the dulcimer that she gave him upon first seeing his performance. Music direction and piano by Zecca Esquibel.

Kelly’s 2017 version of ‘Down to You’ (Joe’s Pub, June 2017) was cited by The New York Times as one of the top ten opera and vocal performances of the year and was included in New York Magazine’s ‘Reasons to Love New York’ feature.

John Kelly is a performance and visual artist. Over the course of his four-decade-long career he has created over 30 group and solo performance works including ‘Pass The Blutwurst, Bitte’, ‘Find My Way Home’, and ‘Paved Paradise: The Art of Joni Mitchell’. His works have been presented at BAM, Lincoln Center, The Kitchen, New York Live Arts, PS 122 and the Tate Modern among other venues.

Awards and fellowships include 2 Bessie Awards, 2 Obie Awards, a USA Artists Award, and 2 NEA American Masterpieces Awards. Fellowships include The American Academy in Rome, The Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study, and The Sundance Theatre Institute.

In 2017 he premiered ‘Time No Line,’ a performance work based on 40 years of journal writings at La MaMa, and an exhibition of his visual artwork was presented at Howl! Happening and subsequently traveled to Real Art Ways in Hartford, CT. More information here

Joni's Soul began as a collaboration between expressive "from-the-heart" singer Gina Foster and former Van Morrison guitarist Ronnie Johnson, enlisting some of UK's very finest players with a shared love for an artist they consider to be one of the greatest singer/songwriters and guitar innovators of the last half century.

Coyote, Hejira, Edith and the Kingpin, The Hissing of Summer Lawns, A Case of You, Trouble Child, Help Me and Gina’s gorgeous version of Both Sides Now - it’s through songs like these that the band explore the unique songwriting and gift of performance Joni Mitchell revealed in her iconic albums Blue, Court and Spark, Hejira, The Hissing of Summer Lawns and beyond …

Drawing on their own emotional response to these songs Joni’s Soul have looked beyond merely the faithful reproduction of the Joni Mitchell songbook to shine a light on the most soulful aspects of her words and music. The band's recently released cd 'Shades Of Joni' passionately illustrates their well-defined and warm interpretations of some of the finest songwriting and performance of the twentieth century.

Joni's Soul is Gina Foster (vocals), Ronnie Johnson and Patrick Johnson (guitars), Ross Stanley (keyboards), Steve Pearce (bass), Richard Bailey (drums). More information here.

Joni's Soul began as a collaboration between expressive "from-the-heart" singer Gina Foster and former Van Morrison guitarist Ronnie Johnson, enlisting some of UK's very finest players with a shared love for an artist they consider to be one of the greatest singer/songwriters and guitar innovators of the last half century.

Coyote, Hejira, Edith and the Kingpin, The Hissing of Summer Lawns, A Case of You, Trouble Child, Help Me and Gina’s gorgeous version of Both Sides Now - it’s through songs like these that the band explore the unique songwriting and gift of performance Joni Mitchell revealed in her iconic albums Blue, Court and Spark, Hejira, The Hissing of Summer Lawns and beyond …

Drawing on their own emotional response to these songs Joni’s Soul have looked beyond merely the faithful reproduction of the Joni Mitchell songbook to shine a light on the most soulful aspects of her words and music. The band's recently released cd 'Shades Of Joni' passionately illustrates their well-defined and warm interpretations of some of the finest songwriting and performance of the twentieth century.

Joni's Soul is Gina Foster (vocals), Ronnie Johnson and Patrick Johnson (guitars), Ross Stanley (keyboards), Steve Pearce (bass), Richard Bailey (drums). More information here.

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