Joni Mitchell

Joni Mitchell



Roberta Joan "Joni" Mitchell, CC (née Anderson; born November 7, 1943) is a Canadian singer-songwriter and painter.[1] Rolling Stone called her "one of the greatest songwriters ever",[2] and AllMusic has stated, "When the dust settles, Joni Mitchell may stand as the most important and influential female recording artist of the late 20th century".[3] Drawing from folk, pop, rock and jazz, Mitchell's songs often reflect social and environmental ideals as well as her feelings about romance, confusion, disillusionment and joy.

Mitchell began singing in small nightclubs in her hometown of Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, and western Canada before busking in the streets and shoddy nightclubs of Toronto. In 1965, she moved to the United States and began touring. Some of her original songs ("Urge for Going", "Chelsea Morning", "Both Sides, Now", "The Circle Game") were covered by folk singers, allowing her to sign with Reprise Records and record her debut album in 1968.[4] Settling in Southern California, Mitchell, with popular songs like "Big Yellow Taxi" and "Woodstock", helped define an era and a generation. Her 1971 recording Blue was rated the 30th best album ever made in Rolling Stone's list of the "500 Greatest Albums of All Time", the highest entry by a female artist.[5] Mitchell switched labels and began moving toward jazz rhythms by way of lush pop textures on 1974's Court and Spark, her best-selling LP, featuring the radio hits "Help Me" and "Free Man in Paris".[6]

Around 1975 her vocal range began to shift from mezzo-soprano to more of a wide-ranging contralto.[7][8][9] Her distinctive piano and open-tuned guitar compositions also grew more harmonically and rhythmically complex as she explored jazz, melding it with influences of rock and roll, R&B, classical music, and non-western beats. In the late 1970s, she began working closely with noted jazz musicians, among them Jaco Pastorius, Wayne Shorter, Herbie Hancock, Pat Metheny, and Charles Mingus, who asked her to collaborate on his final recordings.[10] She turned again toward pop, embraced electronic music, and engaged in political protest.

She is the sole producer credited on most of her albums, including all her work in the 1970s. A blunt critic of the music industry, she quit touring and released her 17th, and reportedly last, album of original songs in 2007. With roots in visual art, Mitchell designed her own album covers. She describes herself as a "painter derailed by circumstance".[11]



Big Yellow Taxi
"Big Yellow Taxi" is a song written, composed, and originally recorded by Canadian singer-songwriter Joni Mitchell in 1970, and originally released on her album Ladies of the Canyon.
"Woodstock" is a popular song written by Joni Mitchell and included on her 1970 album Ladies of the Canyon.
Hejira is the eighth studio album by Canadian singer-songwriter Joni Mitchell, released in 1976.
Blue is the fourth studio album by Canadian singer-songwriter Joni Mitchell.

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Vocalist Julie Benko to Celebrate Debut Album at the cell This Fall
  –  September 1, 2017
After informal sessions of Great American Songbook standards and Joni Mitchell gems, the two artists developed their own duo cabaret act entitled "Blame It On Our Youth," performed in New York, Connecticut, and Massachusetts. Their professional ...
Take 10: Explore hard-hitting, soulful rock with Colorado Springs' own Audrey Bussanich
  –  September 1, 2017
"It strengthened my artistic ability as a performer." Bussanich sings and plays keyboard and guitar and is influenced by the likes of Joni Mitchell, Norah Jones and Brandi Carlile Her take on music is like learning life-lessons without having to go through ...
Skip Prokop, co-founder of band ‘Lighthouse’ died
  –  August 31, 2017
The line-up included Jimi Hendrix, Miles Davis, Jethro Tull, Ten Years After, Chicago, The Doors, The Who, Emerson, Lake & Palmer, The Moody Blues, Joan Baez, Free, Joni Mitchell, Leonard Cohen, Kris Kristofferson, Donovan and John Sebastian, playing for t ...
These Photos of History’s Worst Traffic Jams Will Give You Road Rage
  –  August 31, 2017
Most of the high-profile artists, worried they’d miss their sets, were helicoptered to and from the festival. Singer Joni Mitchell was scheduled to perform, but opted out due to traffic, for fear she’d miss a television appearance a few days later.
Watch The Tallest Man On Earth Cover Joni Mitchell’s “Both Sides Now”
  –  August 31, 2017
Right now, Swedish folksinger Kristian Matsson, who records as the Tallest Man On Earth, is in the midst of an ongoing, self-directed video series that he’s calling “The Light In Demos.” In the first two installments, he played quiet, haunted ...
Paz Fest IV, a Joni Mitchell tribute at the Civic Theatre, raises money for Honduran children's hospital
  –  August 31, 2017
When Michael Paz’s mother, Ruth Paz, died in 1996, the longtime local music producer took comfort in Joni Mitchell’s compositions. Using the relatively new technology of an online search engine, he discovered a Joni Mitchell discussion group, which led ...
Watch: Tallest Man on Earth Covers Joni Mitchell’s ‘Both Sides Now’
  –  August 31, 2017
“When the best song in the world has already been written, why do I write?” Kristian Matsson asks. Matsson, who goes under the moniker Tallest Man on Earth, has been sharing a video project called The Light In Demos for the past few weeks. The project ...
Classical Notes: A New Recording of “Threni” and Ted Hearne’s “Sound from the Bench”
  –  August 31, 2017
(In another movement, Hearne saucily summons the presence of an L.A. goddess, Joni Mitchell.) In each case, Hearne’s varied harmonies, propulsive drive, and savvy timing carry the day. The album’s final selection, “Privilege,” has its stodgy spaces ...
Vocalist Julie Benko Announces the Release of her Debut Album "Introducing Julie Benko"
  –  August 31, 2017
After informal sessions of Great American Songbook standards and Joni Mitchell gems, the two artists developed their own duo cabaret act entitled "Blame It On Our Youth," performed in New York, Connecticut, and Massachusetts. Their professional ...
Photographer William Eggleston is now a synth maestro
  –  August 31, 2017
Still, it's laudable that Eggleston is taking his chances with a different medium, perhaps one day joining the ranks of talented visual artists better known for their music—John Lennon, Cat Stevens and Joni Mitchell, among them.
100 Wardour St Live! presents: Naturally 7
  –  August 31, 2017
Additional tracks include Sting’s ’Shape Of My Heart’, McCartney’s ‘Pipes Of Peace’ and the title-track: Joni Mitchell’s ‘Both Sides Now’ all the way to a very special version of Adele’s ‘Hello’, as well as the group’s original ...
Detroit Jazz Festival shooting for diversity, inclusion
  –  August 31, 2017
And after playing with Art Blakey’s Jazz Messengers and Miles Davis, and co-founding Weather Report (not to mention acting as one of Joni Mitchell’s jazz muses), Shorter could rest on his laurels and delight fans with his greatest hits. But he ...
Rhode Island icon WBRU goes off the air
  –  August 31, 2017
When he was growing up, the station would play entire albums. You could hear Joni Mitchell one moment and Mott The Hoople the next. In the 1980s it switched to alternative, or modern, rock and always supported local bands. “Most importantly, the station ...
2017 Detroit Jazz Festival: Can't-miss music highlights from Labor Day weekend
  –  August 31, 2017
Drummer Jack DeJohnette and guitarist John Scofield share composer's chores, while bassist Larry Grenadier and keyboardist John Medeski integrate on this stage, interpreting songs from the likes of Bob Dylan, Joni Mitchell, Jimi Hendrix, Bruce Hornsby and ...
FREE adult events for the month of September from the Matawan-Aberdeen Public Library
  –  August 30, 2017
All levels welcome. No experience or equipment is necessary. Friday, September 15 @ 7 pm – After Hours Music: Ereni Sevasti Sings Joni Mitchell Recognized for her sold-out performances at 54 Below and The Triad Theater in New York City, Ereni Sevasti ...
The 1960s Folk Music Revival
  –  August 30, 2017
Joni Mitchell, Mary Travers and Noel Stookey (who used his middle name Paul as a member of Peter, Paul, and Mary), Jim Kweskin, John Koerner, Mark Spoelstra, and dozens more, some obscure who became famous, some obscure who stayed obscure, and some who ...
Natasha Agrama's Jazz Is So Timeless, Even My Grandmother Thinks She's Great
  –  August 30, 2017
It’s traditional enough for my grandma but updates that tradition for the modern era. Agrama even wrote her own lyrics to Charles Mingus’ original “Goodbye Porkpie Hat,” reshaping Joni Mitchell’s cover version to reflect the current social climate.
Sheri Sanders and Steve Spiegel Detail Rock the Musical Series Collaboration & How They Hope It Inspires Performers
  –  August 30, 2017
The first show in the series, with the working title Throwback, will feature a book centered around social issues in the ‘60s, as well as music from the catalogues of The Beatles, Joni Mitchell, Stevie Wonder, Marvin Gaye and more. As they embarked on ...
Zara's New Timeless Collection Campaign Stars Models Over 40
  –  August 30, 2017
Celine and Saint Laurent kicked off the trend by hiring Joan Didion and Joni Mitchell, respectively, to star in their campaigns. Gucci, Dolce and Gabbana and Loewe have followed suit in recent years, hiring Hollywood alumnae Vanessa Redgrave, Sophia Loren ...
Pinedorado gets wheels rolling, toes tapping this weekend
  –  August 29, 2017
They’ll perform a variety of music, including many of Kiki Ebsen’s own compositions and some songs from her seventh CD, “Cool Songs, Volume 2: The Music of Joni Mitchell.” Performances by accomplished local pianist Kate Hepworth will be the warm-up ...
Harvey points to Houston’s shortcomings
  –  August 29, 2017
Because, as the old song said, “they paved paradise and put up a parking lot.” (Thank you Joni Mitchell.) The flood ravaging Houston, with its rising death toll, will send an estimated 30,000 people to shelters, and destroy property that will take many ...
Looking For The Best Song Referencing Leonard Cohen: Rainy Night House By Joni Mitchell
  –  August 29, 2017
Looking For The Best Song Referencing Leonard Cohen is a Cohencentric series featuring a few of the many tunes alluding to Leonard Cohen. While Leonard isn’t specifically named in today’s entry, Rainy Night House by Joni Mitchell, this excerpt from ...
Folk Stars Stephen Stills and Judy Collins Together Again in Concert for New Album, Stills & Collins
  –  August 28, 2017
Stills — known for his rough-hewed folk rock voice and punchy guitar playing — rose to stardom in his ’60’s anthem protest song, “For What It’s Worth” (1966) by Buffalo Springfield and “Woodstock” (written by Joni Mitchell and performed ...
Whitney Houston Doc 'Can I Be Me': 8 Things We Learned
  –  August 28, 2017
We want Joni Mitchell, we want Barbra Streisand ... We don't want a female James Brown." Davis is not interviewed in the film and only appears via old footage. 3. The pop marketing caused some black listeners to feel betrayed. Near the peak of her ...
Voices of the City: Bedouine's nomadic spirit finds songs, acclaim and conviction in L.A.
  –  August 28, 2017
The illusion of the relationship shattered.” Like many musicians who have settled here, from Rachmaninoff to Joni Mitchell, Korkejian found a touchstone in Los Angeles in 2011. She was drawn to the way the city moves and conspires amid fluid borders and ...
Taste of Colorado to feature performances from Five for Fighting
  –  August 27, 2017
While Ondrasik began playing music in the latter half of the 1990s, he comes from an old-school singer-songwriter mindset, not unlike artists such as Joni Mitchell and Elton John. He probably would have fit in perfectly in the 1970s when performers like ...
How Rufus Wainwright Finally Became a Joni Mitchell Fan
  –  August 22, 2017
Rufus Wainwright wasn't always a fan of Joni Mitchell. In fact, the gay singer was banned from listening to Mitchell in his youth by his mother, folk singer Kate McGarrigle. Wainwright discussed the long-standing ban Sunday at the Los Angeles stop of his ...
Totality! Our 2017 eclipse playlist includes Cat Stevens, Soundgarden, Pink Floyd, Joni Mitchell
  –  August 21, 2017
Are you all set for the path of totality? To get you ready for today’s much anticipated total solar eclipse — which will peak in San Diego at 10:23 a.m and conclude at 11:46 a.m., with 58 percent of the sun disapeearing from view here — we’ve ...


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