HEJIRA: CELEBRATING JONI MITCHELL
Thursday 9 November, 2023. 7.30pm doors.
£17 Plus booking fee when buying online
£14 GCT Member Early Bird (until 30 April 2023) Plus booking fee when buying online
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‘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!
Hattie Whitehead vocals and guitar
Chris Eldred keyboard
Oli Weston tenor and soprano sax
Pete Oxley guitar,
Phil Hopkins percussion
Dave Jones bass guitar
Marc Cecil drums
"...an absorbing evening that was a triumph for Hejira and particularly Hattie Whitehead. Credit to Hejira for creating the opportunity to hear these great songs played live. It was a lot of fun." The Jazz Man