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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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ORIGINS is a band project lead by Toronto jazz singer, Mandy Lagan. The Band is comprised of Dave Restivo, Ted Quinlan, Andrew Downing, Kevin Turcotte, Jim Vivian and Blair Mackay. This extraordinary group of musicians has been developing arrangements of some old Joni Mitchell classics, merging folk, jazz and rock genres together. The result is a collection of creative, expansive music, that speaks to generations of music lovers. Along with selections from this project there will be a few new surprises thrown in! More information here

The NAC Presents Series and Arboretum Festival are thrilled to present the 7th edition of Ottawa’s beloved tribute series, I CAN’T BELIEVE IT’S NOT.

To chime in the winter holidays, the series returns with Joni Mitchell’s 1971 masterpiece Blue.

Critically-acclaimed upon its release, Mitchell's fourth album weaved her idiosyncratic folk, with unconventional instrumentation, wild melodies, and hints of her impending explorations into free jazz. Anchored by heavy classics River, California, and A Case of You, The New York Times chose Blue as one of the 25 albums that represented "turning points and pinnacles in 20th-century popular music".

The brainchild of indie troubadour Jon Hynes, the series brings together notable independent musicians to pay tribute to classic albums and legendary artists. Past events have included The Strokes Is This It, Fleetwood Mac Rumours, Talking Heads, David Bowie, Black Sabbath Paranoid, and more!

Joni Mitchell Blue, performed live by:
Jon Hynes
Jeremy Fisher
Keturah Johnson (Heavy Medicine Ban)
Sarah Bradley (FEVERS)
Felicity Decarle (Sparklesaurus)
Jamie Kronick (Scattered Clouds, Ben Caplan)
Martin Charbonneau (FEVERS)
Adam Saikaley
Eniid Goodman

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BOTH SIDES NOW - Mathilde Santing sings Joni Mitchell
13 januari 2018 20:15 – 22:00
Locatie: Cultuurhuis De Klinker, Meester D.U. Stikkerlaan 251, Winschoten, Groningen, Netherlands
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