Last month, jazz master Herbie Hancock reinvented the works of Joni Mitchell with River: The Joni Letters, released Sept. 9. In November, Hancock will take his show on the road to support the album, a tribute to Mitchell.
The West Coast tour, which will include songs on River and from Hancock’s own works, will make stops in California, Arizona and New Mexico and will feature 18-year-old singing sensation Sonya Kitchell. Kitchell, who will perform the songs on River, will join fellow band members Vinnie Colaiuta, Nathan East and Lionel Loueke.
Kitchell released her debut album, Words Came Back to Me, in 2006 to critical acclaim (people recognized her “knockout voice”). This tour will mark the second live collaboration between Kitchell and Hancock, who last year invited the singer to perform with his band at the Sonoma Jazz Festival.
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Tour dates for Hancock include:
11/8: Fairfield Center for the Performing Arts in Fairfield, CA
11/9: John Van Duzer Theater at Humboldt State University in Arcata, CA
11/10: Nob Hill Masonic Center at the San Francisco Jazz Festival in San Francisco, CA
11/11: Campbell Hall at the University of California, Santa Barbara in Santa Barbara, CA
11/14: Centennial Hall at the University of Arizona in Tucson, AZ
11/15: Lensic Performing Arts Center in Santa Fe, NM
11/16: Orpheum Theatre in Phoenix, AZ