Hejira: celebrating Joni Mitchell
Monday 6 November 2023 8pm. Livermead Cliff Hotel, Torquay, Paignton.
‘Hejira’ is a 7-piece band set up to celebrate and honour the masterpiece works of Joni Mitchell, mostly from the late ‘70s. Having released the albums ‘The Hissing of Summer Lawns’, ‘Hejira’, ‘Don Juan’s Reckless Daughter’ and ‘Mingus’ (regarded as her ‘jazz period’), Joni then toured briefly with a band formed from the crème de la crème of contemporaneous jazz musicians (Metheny, Mays, Brecker, Pastorius and Alias). The tour was recorded, producing the outstanding live album, ‘Shadows And Light’; it is from this album that the band Hejira is drawing the body of its repertoire. Comprising highly experienced jazz musicians, this band is fronted by the brilliant Hattie Whitehead who not only has – in her own way – assimilated the poise, power and beauty of Joni’s vocals, but also plays guitar with Joni’s stylistic mannerisms. Expect an evening of the ‘great’ songs from Mitchell’s back catalogue!
Line up: Hattie Whitehead – vocals & guitar, Ollie Weston – tenor & soprano saxophones, Chris Eldred – keyboards, Pete Oxley – guitar, Dave Jones – bass,
Rick Finlay – drums, Keith Fairbairn – percussion