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Trina Robbins, who as an artist, writer and editor of comics was a pioneering woman in a male-dominated field, and who as a historian specialized in books about female cartoonists, died on Wednesday in San Francisco. She was 85.

In 1970, Ms. Robbins was one of the creators of It Ain’t Me Babe, the first comic book made exclusively by women. In 1985, she was the first woman to draw a full issue of Wonder Woman, and a full run on a Wonder Woman series, after four decades of male hegemony.
[Gavin Edwards, NYT]

The first verse of Joni’s song “Ladies of the Canyon,” is a portrait of Ms. Robbins:

Trina wears her wampum beads
She fills her drawing book with line
Sewing lace on widow’s weeds
And filigree on leaf and vine.

Trina answered a few questions about the song for the website in 2008.

The first Folk Americana Roots Hall of Fame induction ceremony for recipients and their families will take place in April 19-20. Living and deceased artists, songwriters, record executives, managers and concert promoters tied to elevating folk, Americana and roots music were all eligible.

Celebrating the lifeblood of America’s musical and cultural heritage, the inaugural class of 29, including Joni, was selected by a designated nomination committee. This committee includes industry experts, whose collective experience reflects an eclectic mix of genres, geography, gender, race, and roles as well as FARHOF’s Board of Directors which consists of artist and industry advisors. More information here

Artists from across the musical spectrum will join the national library and U.S. leaders to honor the great songwriting duo of Elton John and Bernie Taupin in the nation’s capital on Wednesday, March 20, as they are awarded the Library of Congress Gershwin Prize for Popular Song during an all-star tribute concert.

The lineup will include performances by 2023 Gershwin Prize honoree Joni Mitchell, 2020 Gershwin Prize honoree Garth Brooks, Brandi Carlile, Annie Lennox, Metallica, Maren Morris, Billy Porter, Charlie Puth and Jacob Lusk of Gabriels, along with appearances by John and Taupin. Porter will host the television event. The concert is by invitation only. The event takes place in Washington DC on 3/20/24. It will air on PBS on 4/8. More information here

Joni won her 10th Grammy in last night's ceremony in Los Angeles - 11th if you include her Lifetime Achievement Award. She won Best Folk Album for the 2023 release of "At Newport".

Joni won her first Grammy in 1970, but her first actual singing appearance on the awards show didn’t take place until last night, as she sang “Both Sides Now” - done “Joni Jam”-style, with Joni seated on a comfortable-looking throne with her recent trademark cane, surrounded by similarly seated all-star accompanists. (Photo by Emma McIntyre)

Due to overwhelming demand, a second Hollywood Bowl show has been added for October 20th. The only way to get access to the artist pre-sale code is if you sign up for Joni's email list. Tickets go on-sale Thursday, Feb. 1 at 10am PT. Get on the list here.

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‘Hejira’ is a 7-piece band set up to celebrate and honour the masterpiece works of Joni Mitchell, mostly from the late ‘70s. Having released the albums ‘The Hissing of Summer Lawns’, ‘Hejira’, ‘Don Juan’s Reckless Daughter’ and ‘Mingus’ (regarded as her ‘jazz period’), Joni then toured briefly with a band formed from the crème de la crème of contemporaneous jazz musicians (Metheny, Mays, Brecker, Pastorius and Alias). The tour was recorded, producing the outstanding live album, ‘Shadows And Light’; it is from this album that the band Hejira is drawing the body of its repertoire. Comprising highly experienced jazz musicians, this band is fronted by the brilliant Hattie Whitehead who not only has in her own way - assimilated the poise, power and beauty of Joni’s vocals, but also plays guitar with Joni’s stylistic mannerisms. More information here

‘Hejira’ is a 7-piece band set up to celebrate and honour the masterpiece works of Joni Mitchell, mostly from the late ‘70s. Having released the albums ‘The Hissing of Summer Lawns’, ‘Hejira’, ‘Don Juan’s Reckless Daughter’ and ‘Mingus’ (regarded as her ‘jazz period’), Joni then toured briefly with a band formed from the crème de la crème of contemporaneous jazz musicians (Metheny, Mays, Brecker, Pastorius and Alias). The tour was recorded, producing the outstanding live album, ‘Shadows And Light’; it is from this album that the band Hejira is drawing the body of its repertoire. Comprising highly experienced jazz musicians, this band is fronted by the brilliant Hattie Whitehead who not only has in her own way - assimilated the poise, power and beauty of Joni’s vocals, but also plays guitar with Joni’s stylistic mannerisms. More information here

The Joni Project celebrates the 50th Anniversary of the release of Court and Spark, performing the album in its entirety plus a selection of other Joni favorites. More information here

We were all very impressed when JK Jones did a few Joni Mitchell songs at our Songwriters of Canada show recently, so we invited her to come do a full tribute show. JK will be covering songs from Joni’s Song to a Seagull, Blue, Court and Spark, Hejira, Clouds and For the Roses. This rare event will feature acclaimed song-writer Jay Asher on piano for Joni's "Blue Boy".

"JK Jones is a rare artist in today’s music world who honors her influences, not through imitation, but through the musical creation of a transcendent pathway that reaches into soul of the song and delivers into the present. Her tribute to Joni Mitchell is vibrant, passionate, and magical in its depth, dimension and the beauty she helps us rediscover in one of our most enigmatic and legendary artists. Her original songs bring alive the passing of the artistic fire she holds holy and obviously loves." -Terry Paul Rowland

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JK delivers many originals and true Joni Mitchell covers performed in Joni's original tunings and in Joni's original key. JK regularly performs around LA at various open mics, on YouTube (@JKJonesmusic1), and at various venues including Molly Mallone's, The Lost Chord, Tarzana Community and Cultural Center Singer-Songwriter Night, the Canyon Club, Cinema Bar, The Fret House, and she headlined a Joni Mitchell Tribute concert at the Stardust concert series in May 2023. She is currently putting together a Joni at Carnegie Hall tribute concert.

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