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Joni+Jazz: Joni Mitchell

This week on Afterglow: a program highlighting both jazz interpretations of Joni Mitchell's work, as well as some of her own jazz-influenced recordings.

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This program highlights program highlighting both jazz interpretations of Joni Mitchell's work, as well as some of her own jazz-influenced recordings including selections from Mitchell’s albums Mingus, The Hissing of Summer Lawns, and Hejira.

This week on Afterglow it’s “Joni + Jazz: Joni Mitchell,” with a program highlighting both jazz interpretations of the singer-songwriter’s work, as well as some of her own jazz-influenced recordings.

We’ll hear music from Herbie Hancock’s new Mitchell tribute River: the Joni Letters, and recordings from Brad Mehldau, Cassandra Wilson, and Luciana Souza, plus selections from Mitchell’s albums Mingus, The Hissing of Summer Lawns, and Hejira.

Other artists on the program include Frank Sinatra, John Coltrane, Teddy Wilson, and Lambert, Hendricks and Ross.

Music Heard On This Episode

Poetry Man
Queen Latifah — Travlin' Light (Verve, 2007)
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Poetry Man
Queen Latifah — Travlin' Light (Verve, 2007)

Notes: New release. Cover of Phoebe Snow's 1970s hit.

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Time On My Hands
Billie Holiday — Master Takes and Singles (Columbia/Legacy, 1940)
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Paradise
Teddy Wilson — Noble Art of Teddy Wilson (Storyville, 1968)
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It's Sunday
Frank Sinatra — The Reprise Collection (Reprise, 1983)

Notes: With Tony Mottola on guitar; B-side of

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Midnite Lament
Earl Anderza/Dupree Bolton — Onzy Matthews Mosaic Select (Mosaic, 1963)
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For the Roses
Cassandra Wilson — A Tribute to Joni Mitchell (Nonesuch, 2007)

Notes: New release.

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Don't Interrupt the Sorrow
Brad Mehldau — A Tribute to Joni Mitchell (Nonesuch, 2007)

Notes: New release.

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The Man I Love
Herbie Hancock/Joni Mitchell — Gershwin's World (Verve, 1998)
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Court and Spark
Herbie Hancock/Norah Jones — River: the Joni Letters (Verve, 2007)

Notes: New release.

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Twisted
Joni Mitchell — Court and Spark (Asylum, 1974)

Notes: Cover of Annie Ross hit.

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Goodbye Porkpie Hat
Joni Mitchell — Mingus (Asylum, 1979)

Notes: Interpretation of Charles Mingus' elegy for Lester Young.

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Black Crow
Cassandra Wilson — Blue Light Till Dawn (Blue Note, 1993)

Notes: Cover of Joni Mitchell tune.

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Centerpiece
Lambert, Hendricks and Ross — Twisted: the Best of Lambert, Hendricks and Ross (Rhino/Sony, 1959)
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Naima
John Coltrane — Giant Steps (Rhino/Atlantic, 1959)
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Down to You
Luciana Souza — The New Bossa Nova (Verve, 2007)

Notes: Joni Mitchell song.

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In a Silent Way
Miles Davis — Weater Report: Forecast Tomorrow (Columbia/Legacy)
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Hejira
Joni Mitchell — Hejira (Asylum, 1976)

Notes: With Jaco Pastorius on bass (also available on THE ESSENTIAL JACO PASTORIUS).

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Both Sides Now
Herbie Hancock — River: the Joni Letters (Verve, 2007)

Notes: New release.

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Edith and the Kingpin
Joni Mitchell — The Hissing of Summer Lawns (Asylum, 1975)
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God Must Be a Boogie Man
Joni Mitchell — Mingus (Asylum, 1979)
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Myself When I Am Real
Charles Mingus — Mingus Plays Piano (Impulse, 1964)
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David Brent Johnson

Born in Indianapolis, Indiana, David Brent Johnson moved to Bloomington in 1991. He is an alumnus of Indiana University, and began working with WFIU in 2002. Currently, David serves as jazz producer and systems coordinator at the station. His interests include literature, history, music, writing, and movies.

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