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Artist Gary Burden, who played a significant role in composing some of the most iconic album covers of our time, has passed away at 84 years old. Joni fans may be surprised to learn that he designed the cover to the album Blue. "This was such an honour for me" he said, "that is the only cover of Joni’s that she didn’t make herself and I got to make it. I knew the title was Blue and what I wanted to do was to make it look like old Ferro cyanotype from the 1880s, which was this blue colour, and I figured out how to make it look like that."

The first in the Alberta Ballet's series of portrait ballets, The Fiddle and The Drum, dedicated to Joni, celebrates its 10th anniversary with a tour. Created with input from Joni herself, The Fiddle and the Drum offers a contemporary interpretation of 14 of her songs, including three that were written for the piece. Performances are May 1-4 in Calgary, and May 9-11 in Edmonton. More information here

3rd Avenue in Saskatoon is decked out today with a series of street posters in honor of Joni. Tonight, the Saskatoon Symphony is honoring Joni with a concert of her music featuring Vince Mendoza, Sarah Slean, and Peter Erskine. Stay tuned for a review of this amazing evening on JoniMitchell.com in the coming days. (Photos by Mike Sainsbury)

Joni graces the cover of the newest edition of UNCUT - the UK music magazine - released today. "50 years after the release of her debut album, Uncut tells the full story of the singer, songwriter and guitarist’s remarkable rise to fame – from the Newport Folk Festival, via New York clubs to the hillside cottages of Laurel Canyon. 'She was stunningly good, right off the bat,' says David Crosby." For those who can't find it in stores, the digital edition is available.

The cover of Susan Whitall's new book "Joni on Joni: Interviews and Encounters with Joni Mitchell" has been revealed. The book will be released on November 6, the day before Joni's 75th birthday. We'll keep you posted!

 

 

 

 

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In a program first presented under the auspices of Jazz at Lincoln Center, the 1960s are explored through the work of three prolific artists: Joni Mitchell, Abbey Lincoln, and Nina Simone—all of whom have made an indelible mark in music with their unique expressions of freedom. Mitchell composed and sang about the freedom of love, Lincoln expressed freedom of her individuality and race through her lyricism, and Simone demanded freedom politically through song.

To deliver this vast repertoire, Grammy Award-winning drummer and music director Ulysses Owens, Jr. leads three vocalists: Theo Bleckmann, a Grammy–nominated jazz singer of eclectic tastes and prodigious gifts; Alicia Olatuja, “a singer with a strong and luscious tone" (New York Times); and Joanna Majoko, a naturally gifted and multicultural artist born to German and Zimbabwean parents. More information here

The Joni Mitchell Songbook brings together a group of top-drawer musicians, led by singer Sarah Miller and keyboard player Aidan Goldstraw, whose devotion to the artist's back catalogue shines through in performance. This is no ordinary tribute act – it’s an evening spent together, exploring the work of a musical genius.

The band is Aidan Goldstraw on keys, Sarah Miller (Climax Blues Band, Tony Christie) on vocals, Nick Mellor (Don Felder, John Miles) on guitar, Ollie Collins (Badly Drawn Boy, Corinne Bailey Rae) on bass and Carl Hemingsley (Wynton Marsalis, Ruby Turner) on drums. More information and tickets here.

11am to 1pm at Radio Station WXTF in Harrisville, Michigan. A Joni Mitchell Tribute performance and conversation about Joni's early acoustic work. Kim Casey's performance (both vocals and guitar) will include 3 to 4 alternately tuned guitars played in authentic Joni Mitchell style. About 10 of Joni's songs will be featured. Stream the broadcast here. More information on Kim here

The theme of this concert will be Joni Mitchell's early work - her first three albums from 1968-70. Our host, Joe Rathburn, will trade songs with us. More information here

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