The Joni Project formed as a tribute in sound and spirit to the music of Joni Mitchell.
From the deep folk roots of her musical beginnings, Joni's music has evolved over the years to include elements of funk, rock and the full palette of harmonic colors embodied by modern jazz. Her innovative guitar tunings and brilliantly original chord progressions were paired with beautifully crafted melodies adorned by lyrics of unmatched poetic profundity to create some of the most powerfully enduring and well-loved songs of all time.
The Joni Project is fronted by remarkable Long Island based multiple-instrumentalist and songwriter Katie Pearlman on guitar & vocals and also includes jazz and jamband mainstays Dave Berg on guitar, Dan Ehrlich on bass, Alan Lerner on drums, Mark Mancini on keyboards, Steve Finklestein on percussion and Premik Russell Tubbs on saxophone and flute. Collectively, they've performed with members of the Grateful Dead, The Band, The Doors, the Neville Brothers and many others.
Together they bring fresh interpretation to Joni's legendary tunes from their many eras and genres- particularly from the time of her stunning and dynamic collaboration with Jaco Pastorius, Pat Metheny and Michael Brecker.
What sets The Joni Project apart from other Joni Mitchell tributes?
Katie Pearlman performs the songs in Joni’s tunings. Joni invented her own way of playing the acoustic guitar by tuning the guitar many different ways to achieve the sound she is renowned for.
Past Performances include NYC's Highland Ballroom, multiple appearances at the Great South Bay Festival on Long Island, and they recently performed the album Court and Spark at the Patchogue Theatre to an audience of 800 people.
Saturday, June 30 - Maureen’s Jazz Cellar - 10pm start - Nyack, NY
Saturday, July 14 - Great South Bay Festival - Patchogue, NY