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Today's the day! Rhino explores the beginning of the prolific Asylum era with THE ASYLUM ALBUMS (1972-1975), the next installment in the Joni Mitchell Archives series. The collection features newly remastered versions of For The Roses (1972), Court And Spark (1974), the double live album Miles Of Aisles (1974), and The Hissing Of Summer Lawns (1975). All four were recently remastered by Bernie Grundman. More information here.

Berklee’s Office of the President and Institute of Jazz and Gender Justice presented an honorary doctorate to Joni last night, August 23, at a private residence in Santa Monica, California. Linda Brown and Russell Brown of the MaddocksBrown Foundation hosted the intimate evening gathering.

Described as “the voice of a generation,” Mitchell has been hailed as having a consequential influence on the styles and sounds that shaped 20th century music and culture. Berklee President Erica Muhl remarked in her introduction, “Since her debut in the late 1960s, Joni has been a force for change in the industry, blazing the trail for women in music with an unwavering commitment to achieving the status rightfully due her as one of the world’s great musical artists.” - Colette Greenstein

This is Joni's third honorary doctorate.

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Joni is featured on the cover of the new (October) issue of UNCUT, in UK stores from August 18 and available to buy now from their online store. It's an 11-page spread focusing on Joni's Newport appearance and the upcoming Asylum Albums box set. More information here.

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Joni's Soul began as a collaboration between highly respected ‘from-the-heart’ singer Gina Foster and world-class guitarist Ronnie Johnson, attracting some of the UK's finest players with a shared love for the musician they consider the greatest singer/songwriter of the last half century.

Coyote, Hejira, Edith and the Kingpin, The Hissing of Summer Lawns, A Case of You, 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 song writing and gift of performance Joni Mitchell revealed in her iconic albums Blue, Court and Spark, Hejira, The Hissing of Summer Lawns and beyond. More information here.

Court and Spark – The Joni Mitchell Songbook, brings together five of the North West’s most experienced musicians to celebrate the kaleidoscopic musical world of Joni Mitchell. The band is led by the many voices of Jade Thunder– equally at home in the simple folk music melodies of the late sixties and the cool jazz sounds of Joni’s later albums. Toni Hughes is on keyboards, with Martin Byrne on bass and David Crilly on guitars. Daz Jones drives the band on drums and percussion.

The Court and Spark show will take you on a musical journey that will probably mirror your own journey through life, from Ladies of the Canyon, Clouds, For the Roses, Blue and Court and Spark, to the cool, evocative sounds of Hissing of Summer Lawns, Hejira, Mingus and Turbulent Indigo. More information here.

Effortlessly navigating both worlds of pop and jazz, Joni Mitchell's 40-year career produced some of the 20th century's most introspective and exploratory music. This concert focuses on Mitchell's collaborations with jazz legends such as Charles Mingus, Jaco Pastorius, and Herbie Hancock.

The Strand Jazz Series is presented in partnership with the Jazz Legacy Project and sponsored by The Manely Firm. More information here.

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