Oh to be a fly on the wall...
Brandi Carlile was recently interviewed by Zane Lowe and told a story about a legendary series of jam sessions that Joni Mitchell held before the COVID-19 pandemic forced everyone to quarantine.
“I’ve been doing these jams, these music moments with Joni over at her house,” Carlile said.
“We get people together in the living room and around the instruments and we eat dinner and Joni drinks her Pinot Grigio. She likes Santa Margarita Pino Grigio. Headache wine. Yeah, she is a boss. We drink wine and we do music and, man, we had the best one in the plans.”
Here’s a list of artists that have joined Brandi Carlile for jam sessions over at Joni Mitchell’s house.
Elton John, Harry Styles, Hozier, Herbie Hancock, Bonnie Raitt, Sam Smith, Chaka Khan, Maggie Rogers, James Blake, Mavis Staples, Lucius, and Ellen DeGeneres. Yes, that Ellen DeGeneres.
Carlile spoke highly of Ellen’s musical chops saying she’s “a better singer than you’d think.”
The jam sessions were born out of a conversation Carlile and Mitchell had together over dinner.
“We just got to talking and she was explaining that she isn’t sad that she doesn’t play music anymore. But she said that there isn’t music in her house with all these old instruments and these dulcimers and these great guitars and this stunning, life-changing piano. She said, ‘Can you bring some friends over and I’ll invite some friends over and we’ll jam?’ That’s been happening for about a year now, once a month… Every month. And Joni sings. She sings jazz songs.”