By Antonio Lozoya
As part of the extraordinary concerts of the XXVII International Jazz and Blues Festival, the music of Joni Mitchell will be featured.
Roberta Joan Mitchell (née Anderson) and professionally known as Joni Mitchell, is a Canadian singer-songwriter. Drawing from folk, pop, rock, and jazz, Mitchell’s songs often reflect social and environmental ideals as well as her feelings about romance, confusion, disillusionment, and joy. She has received many accolades, including nine Grammy Awards. Rolling Stone called her “one of the greatest songwriters ever.”
Mitchell began singing in small nightclubs in her hometown of Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, before busking in the streets and nightclubs of Toronto, Ontario. In 1965, she moved to the United States and began touring. Some of her original songs (“Urge for Going,” “Chelsea Morning,” “Both Sides, Now,” “The Circle Game”) were covered by other folk singers, allowing her to record her debut album in 1968. Mitchell, with popular songs like “Big Yellow Taxi” and “Woodstock,” helped define an era and a generation. Her 1971 album Blue is often cited as one of the best albums of all time; it was rated the 30th best album ever made in Rolling Stone’s list of the “500 Greatest Albums of All Time.”
The musicians for the show: Hela San, Mexican singer, songwriter, and producer. After traveling through jazz, folk, and rock and collaborating with renowned musicians from the country’s music scene, Hela San has consolidated her own eminently contemporary sound that moves away from conventional labels to get closer to a “signature pop” where the main element is the voice and the power of the songs. Her music has been presented on stages in Canada, the United States, Spain, and several cities in Mexico, and was part of the soundtrack of film projects. In 2021 she released her album “La Sangre,” with which she consolidates her identity as a composer and is positioned as one of the most proactive and original projects of today at the national level.
Rodrigo Barbosa is one of the most recognized drummers on the national scene, with a career of more than 20 years within various genres such as jazz, pop, cumbia, and rock. As a session musician, he has participated in the recording of more than 15 albums of diverse artists.
Pablo González will be on piano, and Antonio Lozoya will play the bass.
The Festival is a non-profit organization preserving the jazz and blues culture in Mexico. If you want to support this organization with a donation and apply for U.S. tax benefits, please visit our site (www.sanmigueljazz.com.mx) to get in touch, and we will gladly give you details about your contribution.
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