A Few Short Words About...
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!
BLUE RIDGE JAZZ MUSICIANS
Hartkern, Jazz Vocalist, is no stranger to the stage. Classically
trained, she holds a Bachelor of Music Degree in Performance and
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
also plays keyboards, folk guitar and trombone and has composed a
few bluesy folk originals over the years.
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
Bud Hartkern, (father of Noreen Hartkern) grew up during the
height of the Big Band Era.
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
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.
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".
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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