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We are thrilled to see Joni out and about again! Last night she attended a Chick Corea concert at the Catalina Bar and Grill in Los Angeles. L-R: Joni, Chick Corea, Gayle Moran Corea, Herbie Hancock. (Photo by Toshi Sakurai)

Christopher Cross is working on a new album, and has completed a track called "Roberta" - a tribute to Joni. He's offered to share it with the Joni community, saying "'Roberta' is the first [song] I have completed [on my new album], which is very much influenced by her later work 'Hejira' and beyond." Thanks to Christopher for sharing this preview with the community, we hear the influence!

play  Roberta by Christopher Cross

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, The 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.

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A Case of You: The Music of Joni Mitchell with Caught and Spark. A fresh and contemporary interpretation of the songs that made Joni Mitchell an icon, aiming to introduce her music to new listeners, whilst retaining the essence of Joni’s distinct sound.

Edinburgh Festival Fringe, August 15-20 and 22-27 More info here.

Coyote, Hejira, Edith and the Kingpin, The Hissing of Summer Lawns, River, Trouble Child, Help Me and Gina Foster’s gorgeous version of Both Sides Now - it’s through songs like these that the band explore the unique songwriting, harmonic concept and gift of performance Joni so enduringly revealed in her iconic albums Blue, Court and Spark, Hejira, The Hissing of Summer Lawns and beyond …

Drawing on their own emotional response to these songs Joni’s Soul have looked beyond merely the faithful reproduction of the Joni Mitchell songbook to shine a light on the most soulful aspects of her words and music.

Joni’s Soul line-up
GINA FOSTER - vocals (Eric Clapton, Sinead O’Connor)
RONNIE JOHNSON - guitar (Van Morrison, Bob Dylan)
GRAHAM HARVEY - keyboards (George Benson, Incognito)
STEVE PEARCE - bass (Randy Crawford, Everything But The Girl)
RICHARD BAILEY - drums (Stevie Winwood, Jeff Beck)
with PATRICK JOHNSON also on guitars

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The Joni Mitchell Discussion List is celebrating its 20th Anniversary at the Ruby Lake Resort in beautiful British Columbia. A number of bands/artists will perform: Robin Adler and Dave Blackburn, Bryan Thomas, Kimberly Ford, Deanna Knight, Joshua Thomas, ENiiD, Victor Johnson, and others. More info here.

Ellesmere Centre
Ley Road Stetchworth, SFK
Singer-songwriter Joanna Eden lovingly traces the musical journey of her hero Joni Mitchell. Joanna - who mentored Sam Smith - believes that songs travel through people. “I am so proud to have introduced Sam to Joni Mitchell’s music and to the concept of telling your own truth”. More info

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