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Wallace Roney, a trumpeter and composer who embodied the pugnacious, harmonically restive side of post-bop throughout an illustrious four-decade career, died Tuesday at St. Joseph's University Medical Center in Paterson, N.J. He was 59. The cause was complications from COVID-19. (Nate Chinen)

Wallace played trumpet for Joni on her 2000 "Both Sides Now" tour.

In a new book, available April 7, 28 crime writers pay tribute to Joni's musical legacy with short stories inspired by her lyrics, representing each of her seventeen studio albums from 1968's Song to a Seagull to 2007's Shine. Joni was once asked to explain a song: "Who cares what I meant, what does it mean to you?" This book/a> answers that

Lyle Mays passed away this morning in Los Angeles. Lyle was an integral part of Joni's 1979 tour with Pat Metheny, Jaco, Michael Brecker, and Don Alias. He and Pat's hauntingly beautiful transition between Amelia and Hejira stands as one of the enduring highlights of the tour. Lyle was a founding member of the Pat Metheny Group, providing arrangements, orchestration, and the harmonic and metric backbone of the group's musical signature.

Craft Recordings has announced the first-ever vinyl release of Joni’s 2007 album, Shine. Available April 3rd, and pressed on 180-gram vinyl at RTI, the acclaimed title includes such tracks as “One Week Last Summer” (which received the 2008 GRAMMY® Award for Best Instrumental Pop Performance), and an updated version of Mitchell’s iconic 1970 track “Big Yellow Taxi.” More information here.

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Arc Iris performs 'Foggy Lullaby" in it's entirety, their complete re-imagination of Joni Mitchell's seminal 1971 album, 'Blue'. This stream is presented by Club Passim. WBUR says: "The show is exactly what it sounds like, with an emphasis on "reimagines." Arc Iris takes great liberties with Mitchell’s 1971 masterpiece, unraveling those lovely, corkscrewing melodies ... But where Mitchell’s original recording is sparse, almost minimalist, with the singer’s voice mixed close and warm, Arc Iris’ take is sprawling and explosive... Folded between the songs are long sections of Mitchell’s own voice, clipped from old interviews with the singer. Even as the band roams further and further from the source material, Mitchell herself slides more sharply into focus, emerging as a self-possessed presence with a clear and unsparing sense of her own artistry."

Both Sides Now is a five-piece touring band dedicated to playing the amazing songs of Joni Mitchell.

Our comprehensive survey of Joni’s career includes landmarks such as Big Yellow Taxi (her most covered song), River (from breakthrough album Blue), Help Me (from double-platinum Court and Spark) and the jazz-infused stylings of In France They Kiss On Main St (The Hissing of Summer Lawns) and Coyote (Hejira).

Led by singer Sarah Miller and keys player Aidan Goldstraw, Both Sides Now’s devotion to Joni’s back catalogue shines through in performance. This is not your ordinary tribute act – it’s a gathering of Joni superfans. More information here.

Darling Dimestore Thieves is a Joni Mitchell tribute band based in Eugene, Oregon. The band will be performing on April 10, 2020 at The Jazz Station in Eugene. The Jazz Station is Oregon's only dedicated Jazz Club, a project of the Willamette Jazz Society, a 501c3 non-profit organization.

Darling Dimestore Thieves was created out of our love for Joni Mitchell and her incredible body of work. We cover all periods of Joni's career with an emphasis on her very prolific 1974-1976 period when she released Court and Spark, The Hissing Of Summer Lawns, and her masterpiece Hejira. We also feature songs from the Clouds, Blue, For the Roses, Ladies of the Canyon, Night Ride Home, Turbulent Indigo, Wild Things Run Fast, and Shine albums. Throughout this remarkable experience, we remain humbled by the unique genius of Joni Mitchell. More information here.

Glowing with tradition, innovation, and progression. From early Canadian hootenannies to collaborations with jazz greats, her songwriting remains always uniquely Joni Mitchell. With Tom Hayashi-Drums, Tom Shader -Bass, Christian Foley-Beining- Guitar. More information here.

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