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Both Sides Now - The Music of Joni Mitchell
Wednesday 13 September 7.00pm
Prolific Singer, songwriter and painter, Joni Mitchell’s incredible life has been chronicled through her music, in a career spanning all realms of popular music, from folk through to jazz, pop and beyond. From her 1968 album ‘Clouds’ through to her final recording ‘Shine’, released in 2007, her music has changed the landscape of popular music, and influenced generations of singers and musicians.
Presented by leading Western Australian jazz vocalist Penny King, and joined by Musical director Tom O’Halloran, along with a powerhouse band and guest backing vocalists, this show pays tribute to a mere snapshot of Mitchell penned tunes selected from some of her most well known studio albums; ‘Ladies of the Canyon’, ‘Blue’, ‘Court and Spark’, ‘the Hissing of Summer Lawns’, ‘Hejira’ and ‘Mingus’.
‘Opening the proceedings with the beautiful “My Old Man”, King’s lilting tones roamed and soared to achieve the technically difficult Mitchell song style. To begin with she was only accompanied by the marvellous Tom O’ Halloran. What a virtuoso keyboard artist. His work is thrilling.’ Claire Condry, Australian Stage, June 2015
From classic tunes such as ‘River’ and ‘Big Yellow Taxi’, the perennial favourite ‘Both sides now, through to the quirky ‘Dry Cleaner from Des Moines’ there is something for every Joni fan, or in fact, any fan of popular music.
Penny will be joined by the outstanding line up of –
Tom O’Halloran – Piano
Simon Jeans – Guitar
Pete Jeavons – Bass
Ben Vanderwal – Drums
and Jamie Oehlers – Saxophones
More about Penny King:
A firm favourite of Perth jazz audiences for over 20 years, Penny King defies musical classification; whilst firmly rooted in the jazz tradition, she moves effortlessly between her jazz and contemporary repertoire, adding her own touch to much-loved standards and more.
When it comes to Penny’s repertoire expect the unexpected; Duke Ellington followed by Radiohead, Sonny Rollins next to Joni Mitchell, or a Crowded House favourite followed by one of Penny’s original tunes and arrangements, there is something for every music lover.
Penny has played a variety of festivals including several appearance for the Perth International Jazz festival, the Beaufort Street Festival, the Rottnest ‘Jazz on the Rock’ Festival and the York Jazz Festival. Penny moved on to the national stage in 2013, with her album Journey, recorded with her quintet, which was subsequently shortlisted for Best Australian Jazz Vocal Album at the 2014 Australian Jazz ‘Bell’ Awards.
‘Penny King is a fine musician…. Her pitch is excellent, accompanied by a chrystal clear and authentic tone. Her soloing is always inventive and she nails the shifts in dynamic intensity in all the right places’. Chris McNulty, Australianjazz.net, December 2014
For more info head to www.pennykingjazz.com