TimesTalks Luminato – Joni Mitchell and Brian Blade

In Conversation with Jon Pareles

When Joni: A Portrait in Song - A Birthday Happening Live at Massey Hall arrives at the Luminato Festival, it will bring together a remarkable assortment of musicians with roots in jazz, rock, folk and pop. But they share a common thread: a monumental respect for, and musical debt to, their celebrant, Joni Mitchell. Prior to the two Massey Hall concerts, Joni Mitchell and drummer/bandleader Brian Blade, one of the Grammy Hall of Fame winner’s frequent collaborators, will join The New York Times' chief pop music critic, Jon Pareles, to discuss Mitchell's prowess across multiple genres, her skills as both a composer and lyricist, and her role in the evolution of late 20th-century music.

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