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Maria Pia De Vito at the Blue Note

A Joni Mitchell state of mind set in on New York City on Feb. 1, 2008-or at least on that significant piece of New York contained within 131 West 3rd Street in Greenwich Village. At the Blue Note, which bills itself (hyperbolically but forgivably) as the “world’s finest jazz club,” Maria Pia De Vito performed material from So Right, her album of Joni Mitchell songs. “Performed” is an imprecise verb in this instance. De Vito transformed pieces like “Amelia” and “River” into Passion plays.

De Vito’s U.S. debut as a leader was part of the three-night festival Italian Women in Jazz. She is widely regarded as the best jazz vocalist in Italy, and the full house at the Blue Note (on a cold, rainy night) contained several singers (e.g., Sheila Jordan, Jay Clayton).

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