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Music of Joni Mitchell

clif payne


Learn songs by Joni Mitchell as a soloist and background singer in preparation for an end-of-quarter student performance. Students will perform classic songs with a special focus on Joni’s classic recordings and tribute projects (Charles Mingus, Jaco Pastorius) and her musical transition from folk to jazz. We’ll also look at other artists’ interpretation of her music — Herbie Hancock, Crosby, Stills & Nash, Laurie Antonioli, and others. Clif will share information on proper vocal technique, stage presence & interpretation and will help students find the appropriate keys and sheet music. Students are welcome to bring their favorite Joni Mitchell songs to sing via lyric sheets, sheet music or tracks. This class is open to all levels.

Tuesdays 8:15 – 9:45 pm
1/8 – 3/12 (10 weeks)
Performance date: TBD
Clif Payne • $415


Clif Payne (voice)
Evershift recording artist, international concert vocalist, and vocal coach, Clif studied jazz with legendary educator David Baker at Indiana University and Speech Level Singing vocal technique with Chip Hand and Rober Burnley in LA. Recording projects include a collaboration with former Kurt Elling music director Laurence Hobgood. His debut solo album — Welcome To My World — was released In 2016. Discovered by Bobby McFerrin, Clif has performed or recorded with Freda Payne, Bobby McFerrin, Bill Champlain, Lenny Williams, Evelyn “Champagne” King, Norman Connors, Harvey Mason and has opened in concert for Tony Bennett, Johnny Mathis and Dionne Warwick. Clif has shared the stage with Dianne Reeves, The Commodores, Lionel Richie, Lakeside and Shelia E. clifpayne.org

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