A Few Short Words About... 

    The Blue Ridge Jazz Trio:

    We formed the trio in an effort to keep traditional jazz alive in the Roanoke Valley and surrounding areas.

    The Blue Ridge Jazz Trio plays Jazz Standards, The American Songbook, Big Band & Swing Classics, New Orleans Jazz, Blues, Ballads, Contemporary and Popular Hits.

    In Short, We'll Play Anything You'd Like To Hear, But After You Hear Us, You'll Know What We Love To Play!




    Noreen Hartkern:

    Noreen Hartkern, Jazz Vocalist, is no stranger to the stage. Classically trained, she holds a Bachelor of Music Degree in Performance and Education.

    Noreen has played and sung with many bands both in Virginia, as well as, in New Jersey including "Jersey Bounce", "Uptown Sound", "The King's Road Swing Band", "Mood Swing", "The Elusive Eleven" and has most recently been featured as a Headliner, on the Main Stage at the Jefferson Center in Roanoke, VA.

    Noreen also plays keyboards, folk guitar and trombone and has composed a few bluesy folk originals over the years.

    Some of the Highlights of Noreen's career include singing the Star-Spangled Banner at a New Jersey Net's Basketball game, Singing Big Band at Carly Simon's Hot Tin Roof Club in Martha's Vineyard, and her solo tribute to the victims of 9/11 with her rendition of God Bless America!

    Bud Hartkern:

     Trombonist Bud Hartkern, (father of Noreen Hartkern) grew up during the height of the Big Band Era.

    His early musical influences were trombonists: Tommy Dorsey and Jack Teagarden, as well as, clarinetist: Benny Goodman, Trumpeters: Harry James and Louis Armstrong and Vocalists: Bing Crosby, Frank Sinatra, Nat Cole, The Mills Brothers, Ella Fitzgerald and Rosemary Clooney

    Bud is a native of New Brunswick, New Jersey. He started doing small combo work right after High School. During his two years of service in the army, Bud was stationed in Germany and played in the Army Band, as well as, a 5 Piece Dixieland Band known as the "Riverboat 5" that did some touring.

    Bud has played in several Big Bands, small combos and Traditional Jazz Bands from Central New Jersey; playing in Atlantic City, Washington DC, New York City, and as far north as Martha's Vineyard.

    Highlights of his playing career include lead trombonist for Merv Griffin in Atlantic City, and shows with Vocalist Jerry Vale.

    Bud moved to the Smith Mountain Lake area in 2004 and currently plays with "Smith Mountain Lake Brass Quintet" and "The Stardusters Big Band".

    Al Broholm:

    Al Broholm, pianist, is an accomplished music director, jazz drummer, and accompanist from Chicago. 

    He holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in music performance, and has been performing live across the country for over 20 years. 

    In addition to regularly playing for The Homestead, the Shenandoah Club and Hotel Roanoke, he is also currently a church music and choir director.


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