A seriously good 7 piece band “Hejira” featuring singer/guitarist Hattie Whitehead will be performing in St Jude’s church, Hampstead Garden Suburb at 7:30pm on Saturday June 17th.
Video clips accessible from the linked page. They are very good.
Bandleader for the project, Pete Oxley, writes:
”I have long been a massive fan of Joni Mitchell’s music, ranging from the sparse, folky early albums (such as Blue) to the late, gorgeously lush albums arranged by the brilliant Vince Mendoza (Both Sides Now and Travelogue). Somewhere in the middle of her career was what some people describe as her ‘jazz period’ – and it is from this era that we will be creating the programme for this gig.
Many of you will be aware of the album called Shadows And Light. This is a ‘Desert Island Disc’ for me – not just because her band comprises a whole load of my favourite musicians, but because as a live album, it fizzes with an incredible, electric atmosphere from the off! The songs on the album are beautiful, exciting and, as always with Joni, totally touching in the poignancy of the lyrics. There is a DVD of this concert and it is clear that Joni must have been totally living the dream, performing her masterpiece works with this group”.
Taking on the role of Joni Mitchell will be Hattie Whitehead – who not only pulls off the qualities of Mitchell’s singing…but also plays guitar like Joni, involving all sorts of Mitchell’s ‘open tunings’. Hattie grew up, surrounded by world-class musicians – being the daughter of the outstanding jazz saxophonist, Tim Whitehead. Aside from mastering Joni’s mannerisms, Hattie is a great singer/songwriter in her own right: she won the Glastonbury Emerging Talent Competition in 2016 and has had hundreds of thousands of streams of her original works.
Hattie Whitehead ~ vocals & guitar
Ollie Weston ~ tenor & soprano saxophones
Will Barry ~ keyboards
Pete Oxley ~ guitar
Dave Jones ~ bass
Rick Finlay ~ drums
Marc Cecil ~ percussion
A selection of beers, wines and soft drinks can be ordered from the bar and we are accepting both cash and cashless payments.
Proceeds from this event will go towards the Church Roof Fund, just the beginning of looking after this unique Edwin Lutyens design so that the building can continue to serve the local community.