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Most recent updates is sad to announce the passing of Arthur Kratzmann, an early and powerful influence on Joni's life. Joni dedicated her first album to him, writing a single line as the liner notes to the album - "This album is dedicated to Mr. Kratzmann, who taught me to love words." Joni speaks about him in this interview from the American Master Series entitled Joni Mitchell: Woman of Heart and Mind.

Mr Kratzmann told Joni early in her life "if you can paint with a brush you can paint with words", a phrase Joni has repeated many times throughout her life - even using a version of it as a title for her special concert event from 1998. More on Arthur's life is in this interview from 2002.

Arthur is being honored with a special ceremony on October 10th. Our condolences and thoughts go out to his family at this time.

JACO, a compelling story of prodigious talent, personal adventures and raw human vulnerability, will be released on November 27. 'JACO' presents the world of the bass guitar phenomenon Jaco Pastorius through the eyes of his family and various musical collaborators. Produced by the Metallica bassist Robert Trujillo, and directed by Paul Marchand and Stephen Kijak, this blistering biopic contains incredible unseen footage and photography from the Pastorius family archive, and takes viewers into the heart and soul of this hugely influential cross-genre artist. Featuring interviews with an array of artists (Flea, Joni Mitchell, Sting, Wayne Shorter, Herbie Hancock, Geddy Lee) and friends, 'JACO' unveils the story of his music, his life, his demise, and ultimately the fragility of great artistic genius. More information here.

Today, we unveil a completely revised In the works for a few months, the new site is fully responsive - meaning that it will adapt to whatever device you are using: desktop, laptop, tablet, smartphone, etc. Special thanks go out to designer Raffaele Malanga and HTML/CSS wizard Els. Both of these experts went above and beyond the call of duty to help ensure that stays on the cutting edge!

Leslie Morris, Joni's conservator, has approved the following statement to be made through "Joni did in fact suffer an aneurysm. However, details that have emerged in the past few days are mostly speculative. The truth is that Joni is speaking, and she's speaking well. She is not walking yet, but she will be in the near future as she is undergoing daily therapies. She is resting comfortably in her own home and she's getting better each day. A full recovery is expected." You may leave your well wishes for Joni at issues its statements and updates according to the wishes of those closest to Joni, with the interest of privacy, medical confidentiality, and Joni's well-being of highest priority. To this end, Leslie Morris, who is with Joni in the hospital, has approved the following statement to be made through "Contrary to rumors circulating on the Internet today, Joni is not in a coma. Joni is still in the hospital - but she comprehends, she’s alert, and she has her full senses. A full recovery is expected. The document obtained by a certain media outlet simply gives her longtime friend Leslie Morris the authority - in the absence of 24-hour doctor care - to make care decisions for Joni once she leaves the hospital. As we all know, Joni is a strong-willed woman and is nowhere near giving up the fight. Please continue to keep Joni in your thoughts." You may add your well wishes for her at the website

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In 1971, Joni Mitchell released "Blue," a collection of songs Rolling Stone magazine would later rank No. 30 among its 500 Greatest Albums of All Time.

That year, Carole King's "Tapestry," No. 36 on Rolling Stone's list, also came out, eventually spending 15 weeks at No. 1 on the Billboard chart and chalking up four Grammy Awards and more than 10 million U.S. sales.

And Carly Simon picked up the 1971 Best New Artist Grammy, before "You're So Vain" dropped in '72 and spawned one of rock and roll's great mysteries— who was she singing about? — on its way to ranking No. 82 on Billboard's Greatest Songs of All Time list.

All of that, and the fact that all three women came into occasionally overlapping orbits around James Taylor — Mitchell as a lover, King as a collaborator, Simon as a wife — is covered in sweeping detail in the 2009 tome, "Girls Like Us: Carole King, Joni Mitchell, Carly Simon — and the Journey of a Generation."

Some of it is celebrated in "Girls Like Us," a cabaret-style show coming to Park Forest and the Freedom Hall Matinee Theatre series at 11 a.m. Tuesday, Oct. 13. More info here.

Sweet Fire: The Joni Mitchell Project features the very best of Mitchell’s songs – from ‘Big Yellow Taxi’, ‘Woodstock’ and ‘Both Sides Now’ to ‘The Jungle Line’ and ‘God Must Be a Boogie Man’. Translated into exquisite Irish by poets Liam Ó Muirthile and Gabriel Rosenstock, they will be performed by singer Caitríona O’Leary. She will be accompanied by Dick Farrelly (guitars), Nick Roth (saxophone), Dave Redmond (bass) and Graham Hopkins (drums). Margaret Lonergan has created stunning screen projections of the lyrics. More info

Robin Adler and Mutts of the Planet to perform FOR THE ROSES. Dizzy's, San Diego CA. 8pm. Sat Nov 7th (Joni’s birthday) 4275 Mission Bay Drive, San Diego. 858.270.7467

Robin Adler (vocals), Dave Blackburn (guitars) and Barnaby Finch (piano) will perform Joni’s For the Roses album in an intimate setting. More info...

The Joni Project at Still Partners
225 Sea Cliff Ave
Sea Cliff, NY 11579
Saturday, November 7th, 2015 8PM to 11PM

The Joni Project features:
Katie Pearlman - Guitar and vocals
David Berg - Guitar
Mark Mancini - Keys
Dan Erlich - Bass
Alan Lerner - Drums

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