2011 Highlights – Part 1

Here is a photo scrapbook of some of the musical highlights of the year in chronological order.

Tail Dragger & Bob Corritore

Bob Corritore brought Tail Dragger to The Rhythm Room for a live recording session on January 7th and 8th. Tail Dragger was backed by the Rhythm Room All-Stars with special guest Kirk Fletcher. Some powerful Chicago Blues was played.
(Photo by David Blake)

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While visiting Phoenix, Bob took Tail Dragger and Kirk Fletcher to Honey Bear’s for some delicious barbecue!
(Photo by Bob Corritore)

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The Rhythm Room All-Stars
(Photo by David Blake)

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Jessi Coiter and Bob Corritore appeared for a celebrity filled charity fundraiser dinner benefitting ChildHelp USA on January 14th at the Paradise Valley Country Club. Quite a contrast to play with Tail Dragger the weekend before!
(Photo by Eddie Webb)

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Bob met the lovely Jane Seymour at the ChildHelp USA fundraiser.
(Photo by Jane Seymour)

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Bob also met John O’Hurley at the ChildHelp USA fundraiser dinner. There were many interesting people that weekend.
(Photo by Eddie Webb)

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It was a great honor for Bob to meet the legendary Mickey Rafael (longtime harmonica player in Willie Nelson’s band) on Saturday, January 15th. This was at the second night of the ChildHelp USA fundraiser.
(Photo by Jessi Colter)

Mud Morganfield January 28 and 29

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Mud Morganfield and Bob Corritore performed at The Rhythm Room in Phoenix on January 28th and 29th.
(Photo by Juanita)

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Bob Corritore, Didier Tricard, Bruce Iglauer at the IBCs in Memphis, TN – February 3rd
(Photo by Amy Brat)

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Valerie June & Bob Corritore at the IBCs in Memphis, TN – February 3rd
(Photo by Heidi Knochenhauer)

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Gary Allegretto, Stella Ponce, Janiva Magness, Bob Corritore, Amy Brat at the KBA Brunch – February 5th
Gary was the recipient of a KBA award in the Blues Educator category for his Harmonikids educational program.
(Photo Courtesy of Amy Brat)

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Barrelhouse Chuck, Harmonica Hines, E.G. McDaniel, Mud Morganfield, Billy Flynn, Bob Corritore, Rick Kreher, Kenny “Beedy Eyes” Smith
At Rat Trax Studios in Chicago, IL For The Mud Morganfield Recording – February 8th
(Photo by Amy Brat)

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The Great Harmonica Hines at the Mud Morganfield Session – February 9th

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Bob Corritore and Mud Morganfield at Rat Trax Studios in Chicago, IL after completing the sessions for Mud’s CD. Note it was below zero weather during that time!

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Audrey Donson (Chico Chism’s daughter) and Bob Corritore at the Arizona Musicians and Entertainment Hall of Fame induction ceremony on February 13, 2011 at the Orpheum Theatre in Phoenix. At this ceremony, Chico Chism was inducted. Bob was honored to present the trophy to Chico’s daughter. Chico was a major player in the Phoenix blues scene until his passing in 2007. 

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Dave Riley’s 62nd Birthday Party at The Rhythm Room – March 18th
Brian Fahey, Bob Corritore, Dave Riley, Yahni Riley
(Photo by David Blake)

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The Dave Riley / Bob Corritore Juke Joint Blues Band – March 19th
Brian Fahey, Dave Riley, Bob Corritore, Yahni Riley
(Photo by David Blake)

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Bob Corritore and Randy Chortkoff on March 26th in Los Angeles after the funeral services for our friend Tom Leavey.
(Photo by Kelly Davis)

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King Cotton and Bob Corritore at the repast for Tom Leavey at Randy Chortkoff’s house.

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Kirk Fletcher, Kid Ramos, Randy Chortkoff Playing Some Blues for the Late Tom Leavey in Burbank, CA – March 26th
(Photo by Bob Corritore)

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Bob Corritore & Janiva Magness at the Repast for Tom Leavey

Cotton and friends

On March 28th, immediately after Pinetop Perkins’ funeral in Austin, Texas, a group of Pinetop’s close friends gathered at Artz Rib House for dinner to honor this great man. Included in this photo are (Left to Right) Barrelhouse Chuck, David Maxwell, Bob Corritore, James Cotton, Noel Neal, Jacklyn Hairston (James Cotton’s wife), Paul Oscher, and Little Frank, There was unspoken love and respect for Pinetop that filled this group’s collective consciousness.
(Photo by Mona Watkins)

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On April 2nd, Dave Riley & Bob Corritore headlined the Old Town Blues Festival in Cottonwood, AZ.

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Bob Corritore at the Old Town Blues Festival

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Bob Corritore Blues Blast Magazine Cover

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Gray Sky Blues Music Festival Poster

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Dave Riley & Bob Corritore Appeared at the Gray Sky Blues Festival in Tacoma, WA – April 9th
(Photo by Slim Lively)

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Dave Riley & Bob Corritore at the Gray Sky Blues Festival in Tacoma, WA – April 9th

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Bob Corritore With The V-Knights at the Gray Sky Blues Festival in Tacoma, WA – April 9th

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Dave and Bob with our wonderful pick up rhythm section right before our set at the Gray Sky Blues Festival on April 9th.
Scott Simmons, Andrew Cloutier, Dave Riley, Bob Corritore
(Photo by Gary Grape)

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Bob Corritore was honored to be asked to write the liner notes for Lazy Lester’s You Better Listen, which was released in early 2011 on the Bluestown label from Norway. Thanks Jostein Forsberg.

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Earthquake Relief Poster

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Dave Riley & Bob Corritore Photo Shoot at Durant’s Restaurant in Central Phoenix – April 12th
(Photo by Dave Blake)

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On May 5th, The Blues Foundation hosted the 2011 Blues Music Awards Ceremony at the Cook Convention Center in downtown Memphis. Bob Corritore & Friends / Harmonica Blues won a BMA that night for the “Historical Album” category!

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In addition to Bob Corritore & Friends / Harmonica Blues winning a Blues Music Award for “Historic Album”, Bob also received a BMA nomination under the “Instrumentalist – Harmonica” category. Also nominated were James Cotton, Kim Wilson, Paul Oscher, and Charlie Musselwhite. It was Charlie who would walk away with the win! Here is the lovely nomination certificate.

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Bob Corritore and Willie “Big Eyes” Smith performed a tribute to Pinetop Perkins together at the 2011 Blues Music Awards, Cook Convention Center, Memphis on May 5th. The all-star band on this song included Patrick Rynn (pictured above), Chris James, Eddie Shaw, David Maxwell, and Jimi Bott.
(Photo by Charlie Hussey)

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Bob Corritore, Steve Marriner, Bob Margolin at the Blues Music Awards at Cook Convention Center in Memphis, TN – May 5th

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Moulin Ospel Blues Festival

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Bob Corritore & Dave Riley at the Moulin Ospel Blues Festival in Ospel, Holland on May 7th 2011. Note that Bob had just flew in from the BMAs with a 9 hour time difference. It was plane to stage with no sleep!

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Bob Corritore With The Boys From Homemade Jamz at the Moulin Ospel Blues Festival

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Brian Fahey at the Moulin Ospel Blues Festival

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In Front of Good Blues in Gooreind, Belgium – May 8th
Paul Vissers, Dave “Yahni” Riley Jr., Dave Riley, Michael Hofkens, Bob Corritore

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It was a pleasure to perform at the famous Banana Peel Club in Belgium on May 9th!

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Bob Corritore & Dave Riley at the Banana Peel Club in Belgium – May 9th
(Photo by Andre Hobus)

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Brian Fahey in Beautiful Hasselt, Belgium – May 11th
(Photo by Bob Corritore)

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The Artist Wristband From Muziekodroom in Hasselt, Belgium – May 12th

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The Dave Riley / Bob Corritore Juke Joint Blues Band Backstage After Their Performance at Muziekodroom in Hasselt, Belgium – May 12th
(Photo by Patt Erkens)

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Dave “Yahni” Riley Jr. at Muziekodroom in Hasselt, Belgium – May 12th
(Photo by Patty Erkens)

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Bob Corritore & Dave Riley Play For The Amsterdam Harmonica Meetup Group – May 13th

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George Reijnders, Vincent van Wijk, Dave Riley Jr, Dave Riley, Bob Corritore in Leiden, Holland Playing the Blues on a Boat on the Rhine River
(Photo by Nanny of Blueswereld)

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Diunna Greenleaf – Trying To Hold On Cover Art Courtesy of Tony Amato
Bob produced half of the album and contributes harmonica on four selections.

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Simi Valley Cajun & Blues Music Festival

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Fun at the Simi Valley Cajun & Blues Festival – May 28th
King Brothers, Sugaray Rayford, Bob Corritore

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Willie Campbell, Bob Corritore, Kid Ramos at the Simi Valley Cajun & Blues Festival – May 28th

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Bob Corritore Performing With The Mannish Boys at the 2011 Simi Valley Cajun & Blues Festival – May 28th
(Photo by Wanda Leavey)

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