Swinging Volunteers

Article Published: Oct. 6, 2011 | Modified: Oct. 9, 2011
Swinging Volunteers

The Boling, Brown and Holloway Trio will perform Sunday for the Blowing Rock Jazz Society.

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For more than two decades, guitarist Mark Boling, drummer Keith Brown and bassist Rusty Holloway have been performing jazz together as associate professors in the University of Tennessee’s School of Music.

They have played together for so long that they can read each others’ minds and change the direction of the music on a dime.

As a group, Boling, Brown and Holloway call themselves the BBH Trio. On Sunday, that trio will join two the High Country’s best jazz musicians for a concert being billed as the Blowing Rock Jazz Society All-Stars.

The BBH Trio, along with saxophonist Todd Wright and trombonist Rick Simerly will perform at the Meadowbrook Inn in Blowing Rock on Sunday, Oct. 9. The show takes place from 7 to 9 p.m., and tickets are on sale now.

The music of the BBH Trio has evolved over time, and the three professors have a healthy working relationship in the classroom, on stage and in the recording studio. Boling is associate professor of music and coordinator of the Tennessee Jazz Program. He received his bachelors of music degree from the Berklee School of Music in Boston and his masters at the University of Tennessee.

Boling not only plays guitar, but also writes about it. He is the author of “Creative Comping Concepts for Jazz Guitar,” “The Jazz Theory Workbook” and “Elements of the Jazz Language.” His albums include “Evidence” (2001) and “Tune Me” (2005).

As an instructor, Boling has taught at the Banff Centre for the Arts International Jazz Workshop, the Berklee College of Music Summer Guitar Sessions and at the Brubeck Institute Summer Jazz Colony.

Brown directs the UT Jazz Big Band and has small jazz combos. He also studied with Alan Dawson, George Marsh and Ed Soph on a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts. Brown is an active performer who has played with Charlie Spivak, Mose Alison, Diane Schure, Jerry Coker, Tommy Flanagan and others.

He is also very involved with the Percussive Arts Society and has contributed articles to its official publication.

Holloway is an artist, performer and teacher in both the classic and jazz genres. He regularly conducts clinics on jazz improvisation and rhythm section technique and gives master classes in orchestral and solo bass performance.

Holloway has performed as a bassist with leading jazz artists, such as Woody Herman, Dizzy Gillespie, Clark Terry, Zoot Sims, Al Cohn, Gap Mangione, Joe Williams and Stan Getz, among many others.


Tickets for the performance of the Blowing Rock Jazz Society All-Stars are $15 for the general public, $5 for students, and free for all BRJS members in good standing. For more information, call the Meadowbrook Inn at (828) 295-4300 or visit brjs.blogspot.com.

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