On Saturday, May 2nd, SFJAZZ installed a #ThankYouJoni Art Installation in the windows of the San Francisco Unified School District Building (opposite SFJAZZ Center) where the Herman Leonard jazz portraits have resided since the opening of the Center back in January, 2013.
This tribute to Joni Mitchell, part of the SFJAZZ Gala 2015 honoring Joni with a Lifetime Achievement Award (to be accepted by Wayne Shorter), sparked numerous #ThankYouJoni messages and well-wishes from Joni fans on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram, as well as on the fence beneath the art installation!
Why #ThankYouJoni? The phrase arose organically from interviews we've been conducting with artists at the SFJAZZ Center since February. The #ThankYouJoni YouTube Playlist below compiles all of these interviews. You can also watch them, and learn much more, at sfjazz.org/thankyoujoni.