Wednesday, January 30, 2019

And Everywhere There Was Song And Celebration

Joni Mitchell has been making a steady recovery since suffering an aneurysm in 2015. Certainly, the music she created—from gorgeous folk to adventurous jazz—remains as vital and influential as ever. On February 7, her fans can watch an all-star tribute concert that was filmed last November at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion in Los Angeles. Joni 75: A Birthday Celebration will play for that one night only in movie theaters throughout Canada and the United States.

Mitchell was sitting in the front row at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion as Graham Nash; James Taylor; Norah Jones; Kris Kristofferson; Diana Krall; Chaka Khan; Cesar Castro and Xochi Flores; Glen Hansard; Emmylou Harris; Seal; Rufus Wainwright; Brandi Carlile; and Los Lobos with Marisoul joined together to celebrate her 75th birthday. The film will be screened at Music Box Theatre and AMC River East 21 in Chicago, as well as at theaters in Lincolnshire, Vernon Hills, South Barrington, Addison, Rosemont, Crystal Lake, and other Chicago suburbs.

In related news, a collection of Joni Mitchell photographs taken over several years by Rowland Scherman, Patrick Harbron, Jay Blakesberg, Norman Seeff, Joel Bernstein, Graham Nash, Guido Harari, Henry Diltz, David Gahr, and Ken Regan will be featured in an exhibit at LeeAnn Brook Fine Art in Nevada City, CA, in collaboration with the Morrison Hotel Gallery. The opening reception this Friday from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. will include Diltz and Bernstein as special guests. The exhibit runs through February 28.

Norman Seeff’s hardcover book Joni: The Joni Mitchell Sessions came out in December, 2018. His photos graced the covers of Mitchell’s Hejira and Don Juan’s Reckless Daughter albums, and he’s also known for his iconic photographs of Ray Charles, Patti Smith, and Carly Simon.

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