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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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Folk-rock/Americana harmony trio Gathering Time will pay tribute to another famous threesome — Crosby, Stills & Nash — as well as Joni Mitchell during a concert at 7 p.m. Friday at the Earlville Opera House (18 E. Main St. in Earlville).

Gathering Time has performed for the past decade around the Northeast and beyond. Their latest album “Keepsake” earned the No. 1 spot on the Folk DJ chart in 2016, with six songs from the album among the top 25 most played that year. More information here.

An evening of music by the greatest American singer-songwriters: James Taylor, Carole King, Joni Mitchell, Joan Baez and more. Don’t miss this fresh, APO take on the songs that have woven the tapestry of American music in the classic singer-songwriter era featuring a star-studded cast helmed by Emmy and Golden Globe Nominated artist, Morgan Fairchild!

* Morgan Fairchild, Television Icon
* MILCK, Singer-Songwriter & Activist
* Ari Shapiro, NPR’s “All Things Considered”
* Rayshun LaMarr, NBC’s “The Voice”
* Mariand Torres, “Wicked”
* Yasmin Williams, Rolling Stone Magazine’s Next Young Gun Guitarist Competition
* Nia Savoy, APO's NextGen Vocal Competition
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The Reconstructed series continues by celebrating the songs of Joni Mitchell, who has beguiled, bewitched and enchanted generations of artists and audiences alike.

This evening brings together singers, Jess Abrams, Sophie Bancroft, Claire Daly and Becc Sanderson who each take the audience through a journey of the music of Joni Mitchell, via jazz and folk adaptations. More information here

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