Joni’s Jazz-Photo Feature by Malcolm Ali

Jazz N LA — By on August 18, 2011 at 9:22 am


Cover Photo-Cassandra Wilson by Malcolm Ali. Inside Photo-Herbie Hancock. Hancock spoke of performing with Joni Mitchell and had an amazing performance in his trademark, sensational, improvisational style. All photos by Malcolm Ali.


August 17, 2011- Joni’s Jazz at the Hollywood Bowl featured stellar performances by Herbie Hancock, Aimee Mann, Kurt Elling, Chaka Khan, Cassandra Wilson, Wayne Shorter and others. Each of them did their own interpretations of Joni’s incredible collection. A terrific photographer who has an amazing body of work, Malcolm Ali, took these incredible shots of these amazing artists in concert at the Bowl.

Malcolm Ali has a tremendous body of work. He is working on a book of photography and The Scoop LA is glad to know him. He has taken amazing pictures of the Million Man March, for The Watts Times, along with photographer Michael Riddick for an article written by The Scoop LA’s own Buddy Sampson. He and Buddy Sampson got an amazing scoop when they found themselves in mega-attorney Johnny Cochran’s office right after the O.J. Simpson verdict and have covered and interviewed some of the most influential figures of our time. Malcolm has the distinction of photographing politicians, actors and many, many celebrities and historical personalities.

A quiet, unassuming type, Malcolm Ali is a hard worker who is not afraid to get in the trenches and get sensational shots. We are proud to feature his shots of Joni’s Jazz at the Hollywood Bowl. Look for more in The Scoop LA for this incredible soul, friend and fantastic photographer.

All photos by Malcolm Ali.

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Cassandra Wilson was simply amazing. Perhaps the best singer of the evening, Wilson displayed her range and power and was captivating. Photo by Malcolm Ali.

Chaka Khan seemed a little uncomfortable while speaking on the microphone, but when she sang, she was flawless. She demonstrated why she is still considered one of the great singers of our time. She interpreted Joni Mitchell's songs with her own original and dynamic voice.

Chaka Khan displays her incredible vocal prowess. Photo by Malcolm Ali.

Herbie Hancock was magnificent on the piano, adding an improvisational edge to Joni Mitchell's songs. Photos by Malcolm Ali.

Aimee Mann, whose voice was closest to the legendary Joni Mitchell, was funny and sensational. Photo by Malcolm Ali.

Kurt Elling. Kurt Elling's pure vocal ability made for an exciting set. He was perhaps the best male vocalist of the evening. Photo by Malcolm Ali.

Wayne Shorter, formerly of the mega-group Weather Report, played a fierce saxophone in tribute to Joni Mitchell's music.

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