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Delirium Street Party Brass releases Big Yellow Taxi for Joni Mitchell's 80th Birthday

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06 NOVEMBER 2023 (Calgary, AB) – Delirium Street Party Brass, Calgary’s #1 brass and percussion ensemble, has released their new single for "Big Yellow Taxi" off of their upcoming debut EP The Alberta Sessions.

“Big Yellow Taxi” is the second single from the EP, which will be released on Tuesday, November 7th - the same day as the legendary singer/songwriter and icon Joni Mitchell’s 80th birthday.  “We are so lucky to be able to have this band of a dozen of Calgary’s greatest musicians, and to celebrate the greatest genius to ever come out of Alberta on her 80th birthday is a major honour”, said co-Producer Scott Morin.

Although widely discussed as being from Saskatchewan, Joni Mitchell was born in Fort Macleod, AB on November 7th, 1943.  Her storied history as one of the great poets, songwriters, painters, vocalists and guitarists is widely celebrated, and this composition is perhaps her best known in an unbelievable catalogue of classic songs.  “Big Yellow Taxi” is known for its environmental concern and is the #9 song on CBC’s list of ‘Top 50 Essential Canadian tracks.’

The arrangement of the song by Calgarian bassist Jeremy Coates, vocal performance from local singer Ali Wick, and production by band leader John Abraham and 3-Time Juno Winner Scott Morin was a true labour of love, that took place at OCL Studios in Chestermere, AB.  The opportunity to record this song in the prairies, where Joni grew up, added to the inspiration behind the recording. 

Delirium Street Party Brass is a unique ensemble of jazz, funk, soul and pop musicians who are driven to bring a new take on the classic New Orleans brass band sound.  Featuring three generations of musicians led by a dynamic and diverse young vocalist, the band represents a refreshing take that is focussed on bringing the brass band esthetic to a wide audience.

“Big Yellow Taxi” is the follow up to DSPB’s debut single, an arrangement of Kiesza’s hit “Hideaway”, and is the second single from their debut EP “The Alberta Sessions” which will be released in April 2024.  The EP features new arrangements in the brass band tradition of songs by Joni Mitchell, Kiesza, Feist, Ali Wick, Jocelyn Alice, and Tegan and Sara.  All singles will be released over the next 6 months, followed by a Western Canadian tour from the group.

For more information, interviews, and single/video adds and premieres:

Scott Morin – Mascot Music – or 403-690-4747


This is the second release off of our upcoming Alberta Sessions EP.