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Jonn Del Toro Richardson at the Corner Pub (11/03/07)   1 comment

Diunna at Corner PubJonn Del Toro Richardson at the Corner Pub in Conroe Texas (11/03/07) — Photo-Artistry by kenne

Jonn played lead guitar for Diunna Greenleaf for several years before going out on his own. The following video combines two clips, one in a club setting, another in a festival setting in which Jonn and Bob Corritore jam with Diunna.

Diunna Greenleaf and Bob Corritore — The Rhythm Room   Leave a comment

The Rhythm Room-IMG-5001-art-72The Rhythm Room, Phoenix, Arizona (February 28,2020) — Photo-Artistry by kenne

It’s been several years since we have seen our good friend Diunna Greenleaf live.
So, when we learned that she was going to appear at The Rhythm Room in Phoenix,
On February 28th, we made plans. 

FOB - Early Meeting Charlie AJ Diunna Kenne Dale II-72Charley Parker, A.J. Murphy, Diunna Greenleaf, Kenne Turner, Dale Armet

We have known and loved her music since she worked with us to form
The Friends of The Blues — Montgomery County in the north Houston area in 2000.

Bob & Diunna-DSC_4470-72Bob Corritore and Diunna Greenleaf — Photos and Video by kenne

Since we first met Diunna, she has won many Blues Music Awards,
including the ‘Koko Taylor Award’ twice.

— kenne

“I Aspire to Inspire Before I Expire”   2 comments

Diunna Greenleaf 09-14-12Jonn Richardson, Diunna Greenleaf, and Bob Corritore — Image by kenne

I didn’t realize how much I needed a “Diunna Fix” till I was out doing a morning walk listening to my iTunes music. I like to shuffle through the music, when “Growing Up and Growing Old” (On the CD, Trying To Hold On) started playing, which is one of my favorite Blues/Gospel tunes. I knew then, I would be listening to more Diunna today.

“I Aspire to Inspire Before I Expire” — Diunna Greenleaf

Video by kenne

Diunna Greenleaf 09-14-12Jonn Richardson and Diunna Greenleaf — Image by kenne

We are pleased to have known Diunna for about twenty years. Joy and I consider her a very close friend. And when it comes to singing the Blues, there’s none better. Here’s another video from the same show, in case you also need a “Diunna Fix.” Get a load of Jonn’s guitar playing need the end of this video, the Del Toro really comes out!

— kenne

Video by kenne

Diunna & Joy3-8-0300128 08-23-11 blogDiunna & Joy, my Zen Women — Image by kenne

 

 

 

Two Friends Win Awards Tonight In Memphis — Congratualtions!   Leave a comment

Diunna Greenleaf 09-14-12Jonn Del Toro Richardson and Diunna Greenleaf — Image by kenne

Tonight, two of our favorite blues musicians, Jonn Del Toro Richardson and Diunna Greenleaf, won awards at the 2017 Blues Music Awards in Memphis — Jonn for Best Emerging Artist Album and Diunna for the Koko Taylor Award (Traditional Blues Female Artist). Congratulations to Jonn and Diunna, we love you both!

— kenne

Do You Want Be To Stay — Diunna Greenleaf, Jonn DelToro Richardson and Bob Corritore Video by kenne

Jonn Del Toro Richardson Is “The Real Deal”   2 comments

Diunna BenefitHouston Legend, Earl Gilliam and Jonn Richardson at the Big East, (February 15, 2009) — Image by kenne

Lately I have been listening to an Otis Taylor CD. Coincidentally, my friend Jonn Del Toro Richardson posts on Facebook a Otis Taylor, Gary Moore & Jonn Richardson video from 2006 — karma!

I’ve followed the musical career of Jonn over the last decade. The Blues world has a lot of great Bluesmen, but few as good, yet not recognized as Jonn. Yes, among Blues musicians Jonn is admired for his talent, but for many Blues fans he is under the radar. For years Jonn has toured with better known musicians, and collaborated on releasing CDs, but no solo CD — it’s time for his own CD!

Now there’s an opportunity to help Jonn reach his funding goal to produce his first solo album. Click here for more information. 

Here are three of videos of Jonn I have done — yes, he is the “REAL DEAL!”

IBC Blues Jam, 2010

The Real Deal with Rich DelGrosso at Ken & Mary’s Blues Project, 2011

Diunna Greenleaf & Blue Mercy @ Rhythm & Roots Concert Series In Tucson, 2012 — Jonn and Diunna bring it on home in this video!

WE LOVE YOU, JONN!

It’s All About The Music; The Performance; The Story   3 comments

The days

I keep my gratitude

higher than my expectations,

I have really good days.

— from “Mother Blues” by Ray Wylie Hubbard

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Ray Wylie Hubbard (1 of 1)-7 blogRay Wylie Hubbard at the Rhythm Room, Phoenix, Arizona (October 30, 2014) — Images by kenne

I live with a women
that loves to gamble,
Me, I can take it, or leave it —
mostly leave it.

But, life is all about
give and take,
my coochy coochy, coo —
give and take.

There’s a night club in sun city
called the Rhythm Room,
home of a mean blues harp player
twenty-two years out of Chicago.

Got a Rhythm Room email —
Ray Wylie Hubbard, October 30th,
this trick and treat time
will be only a treat.

I’m gonna give my women
a deck of cards
at Wild House Pass Casino
and count my blessings.

Ordered our tickets
and off to Phoenix —
she at the helm,
I listening to iTunes radio.

She gets in gambling time 
before driving down
Indian School Road — 
“Look at that line at the door.”

Doors opened at seven,
house packed an hour
before D.L. Marble give us
some Sonoran Rock ‘n Roll.

Sitting behind mama Marble,
we couldn’t help but feel
kinda special on another evening
at Corritore’s Rhythm Room.

We were ready for some
down home country blues,
Lighten Hopkins style
with sprinkles of Townes and Hayes.

Here we are just north of the border,
our table just been cleaned,
must be time to order
some of that mescaline.

“I’m gonna holler and I’m gonna scream
I’m gonna get me some mescaline
She brings me roses and a place to lean
A drunken poets dream.” * 

Ray walked onto the stage
to the hollering and screaming,
a love fest sing along —
loving the music, loving the story,

Loving the man —
It don’t get no better!

— kenne

 

Click here to watch a great full concert video done three years ago. The Rhythm Room show was pretty much the same —
“If it ain’t broke, don’t break it!”

* Hayes Carll

Capturing The Moment — “I Aspire To Inspire, Before I Expire”   2 comments

Diunna Greenleaf 09-14-12Jonn Richardson, Diunna Greenleaf and Bob Corritore — Image by kenne

We have thought more about Houston lately and our many “blues” friends. Since moving to Tucson from The Woodlands, we have stayed in touch via the Internet, social media and other electronic media. Friday, we learned via Facebook that our good friend, Mary Harris (aka, Ken & Mary of Ken & Mary’s Blues Project) was in the hospital after having a lung collapse — gotta be hard on breathing! The news is good, she is resting and getting better all the time.

Each time we go to Houston visiting family, we tried to include friends, which is not always easy. So, Ken & Mary are a “must see,” because we love them and they are soooo connected to all our blues friends in the Houston area, therefore we try to schedule trips around Ken & Mary’s house concerts. (Sometimes we can only schedule lunch.) We could go on and on with superlatives, but we will let past and future posting on the blues and Ken & Mary do the talking.

When time allows, we stream KPFT on Sunday morning, listening to Mr. & Mrs. V, who we are pleased to say have been a part of our circle of friends for almost as long as we have known Ken & Mary — our circle has grown to include blues in Tucson and Phoenix, with the likes of Marty Kool , KXCI, and all the great blues Bob Corritore brings into Arizona at his “Rhythm Room” in Phoenix.

This morning, we were streaming KPFT, knowing the the V’s would mention Mary’s hospitalization. We stepped away from the computer for a moment, when returning we heard Diunna Greenleaf singing one of our favorite Diunna songs, “Growing Up and Growing Old.” Given Mary’s situation, having heard Diunna sing it on several occasions, plus having the CD, I kept saying to myself, “myself, I thing I videoed her singing this song when she and Jonn were here at Plaza Palomino’s Rhythm & Roots Concert Series, Tucson, Arizona, and the Bisbee Blues Festival. Hoping that I had not lost the clips from their time here in September 2012, my Sunday became an “age like fine wine” project, in more ways than one.

Here’s the video, dedicated to Mary — hope we continue to hear great news on your recovery, Mary!

kenne & joy

“I aspire to inspire, before I expire.”
— Diunna Greenleaf

Preach on, Sister!

Eddie “Devilboy” Turner — 2012 Bisbee Blues Festival   1 comment

Eddie Turner and Trouble Twins at the 2012 Bisbee Blues Festival — Images by kenne

On the morning of the festival, Joy and I met Diunna Greenleaf, Blue Mercy band members, (Jonn, Josh and Veron) and Bob Corritore for breakfast in Tucson. The plan was for Joy/Kenne and Bob to drive everyone to Sierra Vista to the event hotel, then on to Bisbee. After making a wrong turn (thanks to a smart phone’s DPS), we finally made it to Bisbee. As a result, we were only able to see Eddie’s last few songs before Diunna and the band came on. However, we saw enough to know we missed a great session.

Sunday morning, Joy and I had an opportunity to share a table out by the pool with Eddie — great conversation.

kenne


Video by kenne

Diunna Greenleaf — Do You Want Me To Stay?   3 comments

Jonn Richardson, Diunna Greenleaf & Bob Corritore at the Tucson Rhythm & Roots Concert Series

While in southern Arizona, Diunna Greenleaf and her band Blue Mercy (Jonn, Josh & Veron) appeared at the Rhythm & Roots Concert Series
in Tucson 
and headlined the Bisbee Blues Festival in Bisbee, with special guest, Bob Corritore. At each appearance, they ended their show with
Sly Stone‘s “Do You Want Me To Stay?”

This video contrasts the two starting with the Tucson version, changing to the Bisbee version about half-way through.  
In the club setting, I title it the Koko Taylor version, and the festival is the Etta James version.
Southern Arizona was treated to two super shows.

kenne

Diunna Greenleaf & Blue Mercy with Special Guest Bob Corritore on Stage at the Bisbee Blues Festival.

Diunna Greenleaf — Images by kenne

Houston’s Jewel In The Blues Crown — Diunna Greenleaf   5 comments

Jonn Del Toro Richardson & Diunna Greenleaf — Image by kenne

The one thing I miss most about not living in southeast Texas is the abundance of great blues music. Over the years there, I got to see a lot of live music and get to know a lot of great musician — some who have become close friends over the years. And as I have already acknowledged in an earlier posting, I was very pleased to learn earlier this summer that Diunna Greenwood and Blue Mercy lead guitarist, Jonn Richardson were going to be heading this year’s Bisbee Blues Festival. We immediately made plans to be at the festival, but I let Diunna know that she needed to get a gig in Tucson — long story short, she was booked to perform in the Rhythm & Roots Concert Series with special guest Bob Corritore, which took place this past Friday, September 14, 2012. This video is one of several I recorded.

Embodied in this award-winning Texas blues singer, Diunna is the voice of female blues singer legends. This video is almost ten minutes long, but short of having been at the plaza, you will find it well worth the listen, especially with good speakers or ear phones.

kenne

The Fremonts Sing The Blues at Tucson’s Rhythm & Roots Series   1 comment

Patrick Skog and “Mighty” Joe Milsap — Image by kenne

If you love the sound and beat of Gulf Coast R&B, you will love The Fremonts. This band features “Mighty” Joe Milsap, and the Tucson Rhythm & Roots Series  included special guest, Bob Corritore of the Phoenix Rhythm Room fame. This event was also supported by The Southern Arizona Blues Heritage Foundation.

We are all about supporting live music! Whatever the genre, live music is what feeling the joy is all about — EXPERIENCE THE FEELING!

kenne

The Fremonts with Special Guest, Bob Corritore — Image by kenne

Dave Riley & Bob Corritore – Safe at Last & Tell Him What You Want   1 comment

Bob Corritore & Dave Riley — Image by kenne

If you follow my blog, you have seen several videos from the 20th Anniversary of Bob Corritore’s The Rhythm Room. One of Bob’s regulars with him at The Rhythm Room is Dave Riley. They did several songs before bringing on some of the evenings special guest, two of which were spiritual.

kenne

Bob Margolin at The Rhythm Room – 20th Anniversary   1 comment

Bob Margolin — Image by kenne

Sometimes, it just doesn’t get better. The three-day celebration of the 20th anniversary of The Rhythm Room included the blues great, Bob Margolin. Many of the musicians at this event knew the legendary Willy “Big Eyes” Smith who passed away the day before Bob’s gig at the Rhythm Room, so his performance was in memory of Smith.

kenne

Diunna Greenleaf at The Rhythm Room’s 20th Anniversary   Leave a comment

Diunna Greenleaf — Image by kenne

Last year in September we were at the Bisbee Blues Festival where one of the groups was Bob Corritore’s Rhythm Room All Stars. This year, we miss the Bisbee Blues Festival so we could be at the Rhythm Room’s 20th Anniversary in Phoenix, where one of the performers was our good friend from Houston, Diunna Greenleaf. The anniversary event was Friday through Sunday, with Diunna appearing Saturday night. So, Joy and I were there for some great Blues and to see Diunna. On the stage with Diunna was Bob Corritore, Bob Margolin, Mookie Brill and Brain Fahey. As one might expect, the room was SRO, making it more challenging to get some good photos and video. Here’s some of what I was able to get. Enjoy!

kenne

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The Rhythm Room 20th Anniversary   4 comments

Rhythm Room All-Stars at the 2010 Bisbee Blues Festival – Image by kenne

Last year, after being in Tucson for a couple of months, we were looking for some good live Blues music and found it at the Bisbee Blues Festival. One of the groups at the festival was Bob Corritore and the Rhythm Room All-Stars.

We had been planning on attending again this year, but instead we will be at the 20th Anniversary of the Rhythm Room in Phoenix (Bob Corritore is the owner), which is on the same weekend. There is another reason for our being there — Diunna Greenleaf.  Diunna is a super Blues singer from Houston and a dear friend.

The anniversary event will be three days with a lot of great Blues acts. Click here for more information on the event.

kenne

(Image to the right: Diunna & Joy — by kenne)


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