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Music of Joni Mitchell Highlights Jazz & Blues Festival

By Antonio Lozoya

As part of the twenty-fourth International Jazz and Blues Festival, there will be a concert presenting the music of singer-songwriter Joni Mitchell this Sunday, October 21.

Canadian Roberta Joan Mitchell, professionally known as Joni Mitchell draws from folk, pop, rock, and jazz, to write songs that often reflect social and environmental ideas as well as her feelings about romance, confusion, disillusionment, and joy. She has received many accolades, including nine Grammy Awards. Rolling Stone called her “one of the greatest songwriters ever.”

Mitchell began singing in small nightclubs in her hometown of Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, before busking in the streets and nightclubs of Toronto, Ontario. In 1965, she moved to the United States and began touring. Some of her original songs (“Urge for Going,” “Chelsea Morning,” “Both Sides, Now,” and “The Circle Game”) were covered by other folk singers, allowing her to record her debut album in 1968. Mitchell, with popular songs like “Big Yellow Taxi” and “Woodstock,” helped define an era and a generation. Her 1971 album Blue is often cited as one of the best albums of all time; it was rated the number 30 in Rolling Stone magazine’s list of the “500 Greatest Albums of All Time.”

Mitchell writes about emotional information—who controls it and how it is squandered or hoarded, withheld, or weaponized. This requires some reconnaissance, which, for Mitchell, involves falling in and out of love over and over—not so much as a research method but as a form of self-surgery. Her songs then report on those lessons, which are, in an instant, in performance, happily forgotten.

The singer for this evening will be Stacey Joy. Her heritage, like her music, is a mix of almost everything. She worked her way around the world, seeking out the music that reflected the stories, souls, hopes, and fears of everyday people—from the searing rhythms of Brazil to the haunting ballads of the high Andes and Celtic traditions to the folk, blues, swing, and native songs of her homeland. Stacey Joy’s breakthrough album, The Journey Unfolds, was nominated in four categories at the prestigious New Mexico Music Awards in 2017—Best of the Year, Best Singer/Songwriter, Best Recording Engineer, and Best Americana. She went on to win the award for Best Americana Artist with her song, “Breathing Light.”

The rhythm section includes Patricio Peña on piano, Rick Shlosser on drums, and Antonio Lozoya on the bass and musical direction.

Tickets are available at Solutions, Recreo 6, Centro, or by PayPal:



XXIV International Jazz & Blues Festival presents

“Joni Mitchell’s Music”

Sun, Oct 21, 5pm

St Paul’s Church

Cardo 6

350 and 250 pesos


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