The Blue Chips Trio is a three piece band of guitar, piano, and bass, featuring a male vocalist. They play an eclectic blend of Jazz Standard Instrumentals, Pop Nostalgia, Groove Based Blues, Ballads, Cafe' Jazz, 60's Pop, and Rock ‘n Roll. Their material features original renditions of timeless classics by Nat King Cole, Mose Allison, Ahmad Jamal, and others as well as original compositions by The Trio’s Chip Wilkins. Their delightful blend of music is played at a moderate volume that is perfect for any small event, gathering, or party in any location.
The trio features three seasoned musicians, with over forty years playing in the music industry.
PIANO - Dr. Christopher Pastore
Director of the Thomas Jefferson University Jazz Band, Chris is a local Philly musician who has played with Ben Vaughn Combo, Junior Mints, Monday Blues Jazz Orchestra, and Straight Ahead Big Band amongst others.
BASS – James Bolno
James is a veteran of the Philadelphia music scene, having performed in numerous original bands, including the Subterranean's and The Hypocrites. He is a skilled bass player, with advanced Jazz music studies.
GUITAR & VOCALS - Chip Wilkins
Hailing from Houston, Texas, Chip is a Guitarist, Singer, Songwriter, Recording Artist, Studio Musician, and Producer. Chip has performed in Austin, Texas with The New Cairo Trio and others. His original compositions have been featured on two CDs released by Soulfellow Records.
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