In a year where we’ve already lost such talents as Daryl Dragon and the legendary James Ingram, it’s especially nice to see an artist receiving “her roses” while she’s still here. On Thursday, February 7, the Joni Mitchell love fest Joni 75: A Birthday Celebration will be globally telecast in various theaters.
Taped live to honor the beloved singer/songwriter on her 75th birthday, the special event will feature Brandi Carlile, Glen Hansard, Emmylou Harris, Norah Jones, Chaka Khan, Diana Krall, Kris Kristofferson, Los Lobos with La Marisoul, Cesar Castro & Xochi Flores, Graham Nash, James Taylor, Seal, and Rufus Wainwright, who will perform several Mitchell tunes including A Case of You, Down To You, The Boho Dance, and Two Grey Room. Percussionist Brian Blade, who recorded three studio albums and toured extensively with Mitchell, and, pianist, composer, arranger producer Jon Cowherd will share co-music directing duties.
About Joni Mitchell
A music icon whose work continues to inspire generations of artists, Mitchell performed on the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion stage in 1972 and 1974, with the Los Angeles Times describing her 1972 concert as “Joni Mitchell in a Giant Living Room.”
With nine Grammy® awards to her name and 16 Grammy nominations, Mitchell’s catalogue of music spans more than five decades. In 2017, Mitchell’s 1971 album Blue was named number one on National Public Radio’s list of the 150 greatest albums made by women. Her work has no boundaries and crosses genres from Folk and Pop, to Jazz and World Music. Mitchell is also a prolific painter and was once quoted as saying, “I’m a painter first, and a musician second.” While Mitchell hails from Canada, she has called Los Angeles home for decades.