Joni: A Portrait in Song - A Birthday Happening Live at Massey Hall

Exciting News! 
Joni Mitchell has announced she will recite a new poem with musical accompaniment by her long - time drummer and collaborator, singer- songwriter Brian Blade, and trumpeter Ambrose Akinmusire (winner of the Thelonious Monk International Jazz Competition and the Carmine Caruso International Jazz Trumpet Solo Competition).

Joni Mitchell is a restlessly innovative artist in every sense. From "Both Sides Now" and Blue to Court and Spark and "Coyote" and on through today, she has confounded expectations as a songwriter and musician. Her music has evolved from folk into pop, jazz, avant-garde, and even world music. Her lyrics are like a great poet painting with words, and her visual artwork offers the excitement of new ways of seeing.

To celebrate both her 70th birthday and the brilliance of her artistry, the Luminato Festival, working directly with Joni Mitchell, brings together an all-star lineup of musicians and vocalists, interpreting the songs of one of the most important and influential popular artists of the last 50 years. 

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When & Where?
Tuesday, June 18, 2013
7:30 PM – 10:00 PM — With Intermission
Massey Hall
Wednesday, June 19, 2013
7:30 PM – 10:00 PM — With Intermission
Massey Hall

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Featured Artists

Kathleen Edwards

Herbie Hancock (June 19)
Glen Hansard
Esperanza Spalding (June 19)
Cold Specks
Liam Titcomb
Rufus Wainwright
Lizz Wright

Band: Ambrose Akinmusire (trumpet), Brian Blade (drums), Melvin Butler (saxophone), Jon Cowherd (piano & keyboards), Bill Frisell (guitar), Jeff Haynes (percussion), Marvin Sewell (guitar), Christopher Thomas (bass). 

Additional performers will be added. 

Direction by Brian Blade & Jon Cowherd
Produced by Danny Kapilian