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JoniMitchell.com has been bringing you the news on Joni since the day the website went live in 1996. It's all archived and searchable here. In addition to the news, you can find an archive of "upcoming tributes and events" that have been listed on the site as well.

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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.

Happy 74th birthday to Joni on the 7th! Leave your birthday greetings for her at WeLoveYouJoni.com. And the seasons, they go round and round...

Put your ear to the pavement on Military Street in downtown Port Huron, Michigan and you just might hear the beat of an almost unimaginably vibrant live music scene - one that vanished more than a half-century ago with the burning of the Dome in 1971.

"In the '50s, there were 17 clubs in Port Huron doing music almost seven nights a week," said Chris Troy, the St. Clair-based producer and director of the new film "Something in the Water: The History of Port Huron Music, Part I."

In the early 1960s, Joni played the Folk Cellar, below the old Military Street Cafe. So did Gordon Lightfoot. Joni was interviewed for the movie - premiering at McMorran Auditorium in Port Huron on November 11. Chris Troy plans a DVD release at some point, we'll have the news here when it's available.

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Upcoming local tributes and events

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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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Don’t Give Yourself Away
Vince Mendoza, conductor
Sarah Slean, vocalist

In the early 2000s, arranger and conductor Vince Mendoza went in to the studio with Joni Mitchell to record two albums: “Both Sides Now” and “Travelogue” – the SSO is thrilled to present Don’t Give Yourself Away to celebrate the music of Joni Mitchell.

Joni Mitchell’s career crossed musical boundaries, challenged musical ideas, and spoke to the human race in an intimate, personal, political, and profound way. One of the true maverick’s of musical arts, her music and lyrics had a lasting impact on generations of music makers and music lovers.

It is a pleasure to present the first concert experience of these arrangements with their arranger on stage with us. The night is dedicated to the iconic Joni Mitchell in gratitude for the inspiration she has given the musical community.

7:30PM, Saturday, March 3, 2018
TCU Place, Sid Buckwold Theatre
35 – 22nd Street East
Saskatoon, SK S7K 0C8
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