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Joni said in 2006 (in a video message broadcast during Prince's induction into the UK Music Hall of Fame) "Prince. The most amazing performer I have ever witnessed." Prince was also a big fan of Joni's and said that The Hissing of Summer Lawns was "the last album I loved all the way through." As Joni remembered, "Prince attended one of my concerts in Minnesota. I remember seeing him sitting in the front row when he was very young. He must have been about 15. Prince used to write me fan mail with all of the U's and hearts that way that he writes." Prince credited Joni with teaching him "about color and sound." He quoted "Help Me" in his song, "The Ballad of Dorothy Parker." An album by his side project band, Time, was named Ice Cream Castle. And he covered "A Case of You," with "U" spelled the Prince way, of course. JoniMitchell.com wishes to express its condolences to Prince's family, friends, and fans.

Before his death last week, Sir George Martin and his son Giles teamed with PBS to create an upcoming eight-part documentary series called "Soundbreaking." The series features interviews with over 150 artists and producers, who tell the studio stories behind some of the best music ever made.

The first two episodes of the show are premiering today at SXSW. The series will air on PBS in November.

The series will feature interviews with Paul McCartney, Brian Eno, Nile Rodgers, Quincy Jones, Rick Rubin, Tony Visconti, RZA, Joni Mitchell, Dave Grohl, Questlove, Bon Iver, Beck, Ad-Rock, Roger Waters, Daniel Lanois, Mark Ronson, Ringo Starr, Roger Daltrey, Willie Nelson, B.B. King, Debbie Harry, Darryl "D.M.C." McDaniels, and many others.

Joni already has a new Grammy Award as the pre-show honours were handed out in Los Angeles today. The legendary singer-songwriter won for best album notes on Love Has Many Faces: A Quartet, A Ballet, Waiting To Be Danced.

Fellow Canadians Jan Haust, a native of London, Ont., and Hamilton's Peter Moore captured the honour for best historical album for The Basement Tapes Complete: The Bootleg Series Vol. 11, featuring the music of Bob Dylan and Toronto's The Band. The duo shared the award with Steve Berkowitz, Jeff Rosen and Mark Wilder.

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Please join us for two evening performances on Friday, May 6th, & Saturday, May 7th, Doors at 7:00, Show starts at 7:30
Simcoe Street Theatre
Studio 7, 65 Simcoe Street, Collingwood, Ontario L9Y 1H7
General admission: $30
Seniors and Students: $25

Born out of a mutual love for singer-songwriter Joni Mitchell, this show combines the talents of local musician Deb Fitzsimmons and choreographer Erin McAndrew, in celebration of Joni's compositions through live music and dance. Honouring her extraordinary body of work and her multifaceted artistic expression, musicians and dancers unite in reverence to a truly prolific artist.

Tickets are available for purchase online and in person at:
The Huron Club, 94 Pine street, Collingwood, Ontario
TAG Fitness, 90 High street, Collingwood, Ontario

Featured Performers Include: Deb Fitzsimmons Erin McAndrew Greg Gibson Joe Huron Stuart Steinhart Tim Moore Dennis McAndrew Dana Morrison

Any questions or enquiries please contact: emcandrewdance@gmail.com 705-761-6089

The Alternative Guitar Summit and New York Guitar Festival Presents: While We're Still Here: Music of Carla Bley and Joni Mitchell

Wed., May 11, 7:30pm @ Drom: 85 Avenue A, New York, NY $20/25

Feat., Nels Cline, Julian Lage, Dave Douglas, Becca Stevens, Sheryl Bailey, Steve Cardenas, Ben Monder, and more. Produced by Joel Harrison

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The launch of a yearly series entitled "While We're Still Here," where the AGS celebrates living composers. Each artist will play a song each by American treasures Carla Bley and Joni Mitchell.

Nels Cline and Julian Lage: Wilco sideman, electric guitar pioneer, and prodigious composer, Cline has proved himself capable of almost anything on the guitar over a 40 year career. Julian Lage will appear with Cline.

Dave Douglas w/ Camila Meza: One of the most influential composers and jazz musicians of the past 20 years, Dave released a CD of Joni Mitchell songs in 1997 entitled Moving Portraits. He will be joined by singer Heather Masse of the Wailin' Jennys, and bright, new talent Camila Meza on voice and guitar. Meza was described by the NY Times as "a multi-dimensional talent....who plays hyper-literate guitar solos while combing modern jazz with the folk music of her native Chile."

Wolfgang Muthspiel: Noted for the lyricism of his approach to jazz guitar, Vienna native Muthspiel is one of the most celebrated European improvisers. He has recorded with Ralph Towner and Brian Blade, and he began his career in Gary Burton’s band, where he replaced Pat Metheny.

Sheryl Bailey: Called a "sizzling guitar goddess" by All About Jazz, and "one of the new greats" by Downbeat, Bailey is one of the most compelling bebop players of her generation. She'll perform with bassist Harvie S.

Steve Cardenas Trio: A member of Carla Bley's band and one of the world's most esteemed jazz guitarists

Joel Harrison: The Guitar Summit founder will front a group that features drummer Allison Miller, singer Everett bradley, and bassist Jerome Harris.

Mike Baggetta: Composer/ guitarist Baggeta's playing has been called "beautifully melodic" and "mysteriously atmospheric" on cd's where he combines strong writing with powerful avant-jazz/rock proficiency. He'll play in a trio with the renegade drummer Bill Mintz and bassist Jerome Harris.

Ben Monder will be joined by vocalist Becca Stevens.

Issa Forrest & Sweet Bird perform the music of Joni Mitchell
Saturday, May 14th, 7:30 pm
First Universalist
4101 E Hampden Ave, Denver, CO 80222


Tickets: $15 in advance, $20 at the door Students/ Seniors: $10 in advance, $15 at the door.
More information here and here.

Few artists can rightly be called “icons” of their time and genre. Joni Mitchell is undoubtedly one of them. Her innovative and original music is woven into the very fabric of 20th century American culture. Much more than an entertainer, Mitchell became a treasured voice for millions of fans around the world.

Issa Forrest and Sweet Bird capture the magic and unique sound that so many have come to love through the decades. The band faithfully renders many of Joni’s songs, while lovingly reimagining others. This gifted group of musicians truly lives up to the challenge implied in the phrase, “tribute band.” Not content to simply “cover” Mitchell’s life work, the group delivers the essence of the music and delights audiences with cherished memories.

This show amounts to an evening of time travel through Mitchell’s own musical journey — from the light and frolicking “Chelsea Morning” to the grounded and contemplative sound of “Sweet Bird.”

Sweet Bird's musicians are Lia Davis (piano, accordion, keyboards), Eric Moon (pedal steel guitar), Alan Wartes (guitar), Charlie Mertens (bass), Daren Hahn (drums), Monika Vischer (vocals & flute), Charlotte Braud-Kern (vocals), & Jackie Farrell (vocals).

Join us for a Tribute to Joni Mitchell, May 15, 6:00 pm at the Wheeler Theater, Fort Worden, Port Townsend Washington. A concert performance by local artists Robin Bessier, Carla Main, Mark Person, Abakis, Jet Mullen, PT Acappela and the Unexpected Brass Band, among others. On the grounds of Fort Worden on the Beautiful Olympic Peninsula of Washington State. A fifth anniversary celebration for KPTZ, Community Radio 91.9 in Port Townsend. Tickets available at www.brownpapertickets.com.

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