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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!


Ken & Mary’s Blues Project 20 Years Out   Leave a comment

Ken & Mary's Blues ProjectKen & Mary Harris, 2008, The 2013 Edition is This Saturday — Image by kenne

Jonn Richardson and Rich DelGrosso were the 2011 headliners.

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.


Diunna Greenleaf & Blue Mercy In Tucson & Bisbee This Weekend   4 comments

Diunna with Blue Mercy lead guitarist, Jonn Richardson — Images by kenne

Friends of The Blues: Charlie Parker, AJ Murphy, Kenne Turner, Diunna Greenleaf & Dale Armet

Diunna & Joy

This weekend Diunna Greenleaf and her band, Blue Mercy will be in Tucson and Bisbee — Friday night as part of the Rhythm & Roots Series in Tucson, then Saturday she will be headlining the Bisbee Blues Festival. Diunna is a popular Houston blues singer that Joy and I have known since 1999, when she worked with some Montgomery County blues lovers to form the Friends of The Blues – Montgomery County and start an educational blues series at Montgomery College.

Diunna’s blues style is her own, developed from the legendary male & female Texas blues singers. Diunna and Blue Mercy have performed throughout the United States and Internationally.

This year Diunna has been nominated for the “Koko Taylor Award-Traditional Blues Female” and “Traditional Blues Album-Trying To Hold On” at the 2012 Blues Music Awards in Memphis, TN on May 5th, 2012. Her new CD “Trying To Hold On” s #1 on XM/Sirius Radio Bluesville Chart, #1 on French Blues charts, #1 on Living Blues charts for December, and is at the top of Blues charts in UK, Australia and USA.

If you are in the Tucson area this weekend, I urge you to go see Diunna — you will witness some of the best blues anywhere. We are looking forward to seeing Diunna and the band.

If you are into Arizona blues, then you know Bob Corritore. He will be Diunna’s special guest, both in Tucson and Bisbee.


Diunna Greenleaf with Bob Corritore at the Rhythm Room in Phoenix

Video of the Week — Jonn Richardson & Rich DelGrosso   1 comment

Jonn Richardson & Rich DelGrosso rip it up in Portland!
Thanks Jonn for posting on Facebook.

International Blues Challenge Jam   3 comments

Rich DelGrosso & Jonn Richardson

When you have hundreds of blues musicians around, what better time to jam into the early morning! So, not surprisingly, after the completion of the blues challenge on Thursday and Friday evenings, Houston’s own Jonn Richardson organized a blues jam at one of the Beale Street venues. Believe me, these photos and video do limited justice to the total of what took place. Enjoy!


(Photo Set)

Juneteenth Missed   1 comment

Jonn & Diunna1165277703-hr-410Jonn Richardson and Diunna Greenleaf

Regretfully, we missed Jonn and Diunna at the Miller Outdoor Theater Juneteenth Celebration. I hate missing photo opts!


Posted June 21, 2009 by kenneturner in Blues, Music, Photography

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Jonn Richardson & Rich Del Grosso Acoustic Session   2 comments

Jonn Richardson (presently touring with Otis Taylor and Diunna Greenleaf( and Rich Del Grosso (Vizztone Recording artist touring solo and with Fionna Boyles and Mookie Brill) did a rare acoustic session at The Corner Pub, February 19, 2009.


Rich Del Grosso & Jonn Richardson at the Corner Pub   4 comments

February 19th was a busy evening.  First, I attended the February Writers in Performance series featuring National Book Award winner, Larry Heinemann, after which I went over to the Corner Pub to spend the reminder of the evening with friends Rich Del Grosso (Four time Blues Foundation Music Aware Nominee) and Jonn Richardson (Blues Foundation Albert King Award Winner at the 2005 International Blues Challenge). Rich and Jonn were playing together for the first time, providing a rare acoustic session.

diunna-corner-pub-5591-art-xiii-blog2Topping off the evening at the Pub, Diunna Greenleaf stopped by in support of her award winning Blue Mercy Band member, Jonn Richardson. An evening to remember!


(Rich & Jonn Photo Set)

(Diunna Photo Set)

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