Joni Mitchell is an icon. Her innovative, far-ranging vision has influenced countless musicians across all genres. We honor her in an all-star tribute at the SFJAZZ Gala on May 8, where Ms. Mitchell will receive the SFJAZZ Lifetime Achievement Award, to be presented by Wayne Shorter. VIP Packages and Individual Tickets are currently available at sfjazz.org/galatickets.
Downbeat Magazine Best of 2014 The Golden State of Jazz: Top California Jazz Releases of 2014 – Andy Gilbert, KQED: Several of Joni Mitchell’s songs are firmly established in the jazz repertoire, but no singer before Bay Area veteran Laurie Antonioli has wrought as fine a balance between the original sources and her own vivid emotional and improvisational palette. It’s …
“Antonioli ranks high, with thoughtful, close-to-the-bone, folk-rocky interpretations in an even-tempered, clear-minded talk-it-through delivery, sometimes in Mitchell-like head-tones, often coiling the melody down that dark staircase. An in-balance quintet, charted clearly by pianist Matt Clark, casts chiaroscuro reflections on Antonioli’s shaded mystery.” – Fred Bouchard
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Whereas Joni’s “Woman of Heart and Mind” was the voice of a younger woman struggling/realizing the pitfalls of womanhood, Antonioli’s darker, maturer voice not only cuts harder into those themes, it carries years of expectations, both fulfilled and missed, into the equation. http://www.elmoremagazine.com/2014/09/reviews/albums/laurie-antonioli-songs-of-shadow-songs-of-light-the-music-of-joni-mitchell-origin