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On March 19, 1968, a 24-year-old Joni Mitchell was in the midst of a two-week residency at Le Hibou Coffee House in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada, playing to rave reviews in anticipation of her debut album, Song To A Seagull, which was set for release just a few days later on Reprise. Not long before Mitchell was scheduled to take the stage, Jimi Hendrix was just finishing his second sold-out show of the night at the Capitol Theater a few blocks away. Earlier in the day, Hendrix had spoken to Mitchell and noted his plans to record her in his diary entry for that day:

“talked with Joni Mitchell on the phone. I think I’ll record her tonight with my excellent tape recorder (knock on wood) . . . hmmm . . . can’t find any wood . . . everything’s plastic”

Following his two performances on that night, Hendrix rolled in to Le Hibou with his reel-to-reel recorder as promised and kneeled in front of the stage, unnoticed by most, and recorded Mitchell’s two sets that evening. As he also noted in his diary, Hendrix, like many others at the time, was mesmerized by Mitchell: “fantastic girl with heaven words.”

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The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts today announced its 44th lifetime achievement award winners. They are: Motown founder Berry Gordy, opera star Justino Díaz, singer-songwriter Joni Mitchell, entertainer Bette Midler and television impresario Lorne Michaels, who created Saturday Night Live. More information here.

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'The Dawntreader' from Cafe Le Hibou

Recorded by Jimi Hendrix in 1968

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To celebrate the 50th anniversary of Joni Mitchell’s seminal album “Blue” with classic songs “A Case Of You” : “My Old Man” and many more, we present the outstanding singer/pianist Joanna Eden.

Following on her many sell out shows with Jazz at The Movies, Swinging Christmas and her Embraceable Ella, and Joni Mitchell’s “Clouds” album, Joanna returns to Crazy Coqs with this further celebration of the life and music of the iconic US singer/song writer.

Starting as a finger-picking folkie and winding up as a jazz-savvy experimentalist, Joni Mitchell has brought a sharp eye, light touch and an agile trill of a voice to her songs, which have often dissected her romances and skewered myopic governments.

Mitchell became a critical sensation on Detroit’s folk scene, and her notices led to a series of successful engagements in New York. These early songs, ”Both Sides Now”, “Eastern Rain”, “The Circle Game” & ”Clouds” have become standards.

Joanna on piano, with accomplished guitar & bass virtuoso, Andres Lafone, make a compelling musical duo. More information here.

Joni’s Philly Birthday Party!

Love City Music Collective presents “Reckless Daughter - The Celebration of Joni Mitchel”, their collaboration event show in honor of one of music’s greatest and most innovative artists, Joni Mitchell.

Led by Love City Music Collective founder and lead vocalist, Peg Talbott-Lane, “Reckless Daughter” is comprised of some of the finest area musicians and singers who all share a deep love for Ms. Mitchell’s works. The band - Barry Hollander, Tony Winkler, Troy Shoenmeier (Guitars), Rob Lawrence on piano and organ, Glenn Marrazzo on bass, Mark Schreiber and James Farrell on drums/percussion, and arranger Mark Zelesky leading the horn section.

Joining Ms. Talbott-Lane on vocals, are guest vocalists Irene Lambrou (Almshouse) and Amanda Brizzi (Hotsy Totsy). Combining their different vocal approaches and influence between rock, jazz, theater and harmonic capabilities, their approach to the songs is authentic and personal, delivering the raw emotion the songs at times demand of any singer seeking to interpret them.

In this performance, “Reckless Daughter” will perform the hits and deep cuts of Ms. Mitchell’s focused primarily on mid-career selections from albums such as Court & Spark, For the Roses and deeper tracks from Hissing of Summer Lawns along with arrangements from Miles of Aisles of her earlier works. More information here.

For the final JBGB Events Jazz Cabaret series at Piano Smithfield, and to celebrate the 50th anniversary of Joni Mitchell’s seminal album “Blue” with classic songs “A Case Of You” : “My Old Man” and many more, we present the outstanding singer/pianist Joanna Eden.

Following on from her many sell out shows with Jazz at The Movies, Swinging Christmas: her Embraceable Ella show, and Joni Mitchell’s “Clouds” album plus a most recent show at The Crazy Coqs, Joanna presents this further celebration of the life and music of the most iconic US singer/song writer.

Starting as a finger-picking folkie and winding up as a jazz-savvy experimentalist, Joni Mitchell has brought a sharp eye, light touch and an agile trill of a voice to her songs, which have often dissected her romances and skewered myopic governments.

Mitchell became a critical sensation on Detroit’s folk scene, and her notices led to a series of successful engagements in New York. These early songs, ”Both Sides Now” “Eastern Rain” “The Circle Game” & ”Clouds” have become standards. More information here.

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