Blue and Beyond: The Evolution and Interpretations of Joni Mitchell

Online _ California Jazz Conservatory, Online, Berkeley

As we celebrate the 50th anniversary of the classic Joni Mitchell masterpiece, Blue, this workshop will delve into the creativity and evolution of Joni Mitchell’s innovative compositions. Considered one of the most important composers of our time, Mitchell has blessed us with her emotionally honest and often prophetic lyrics along with an advanced harmonic sense that found her in the company of iconic musicians like Jaco Pastorius, Charles Mingus, and Pat Metheny.

Part 1 (10/16): Exploring the music of Joni Mitchell through the years and examining her evolution from folk, jazz, and other influences. Special attention will be given to her harmonic approach and poetic form as a lyricist. Part 1 will primarily be listening and discussion with in-depth conversation about her contributions as a respected and honored musical artist.

Part 2 (11/7): Exploring Joni Mitchell songs recorded by other artists through the years including dedication recordings such as River: The Joni Letters (Herbie Hancock), After Blue (Tierney Sutton), Songs of Shadow, Songs of Light (Laurie Antonioli) and A Tribute to Joni Mitchell (various artists).

Singers attending the workshop who would like to share their interpretations are welcome to submit a single recording of a Joni Mitchell song they feel expresses their unique interpretation for possible inclusion. Contact Ellen Johnson at: https://ellenjohnson.net/contact to submit your selection.

$50 for one workshop / $100 for both Part 1 & 2