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The locally acclaimed Michael Tobar Jazz Quartet will perform during the Artsbridge Summer Music Series at 7 p.m. Thursday at the Bandstand at Parkersburg City Park. From left to right, drummer Scott Kitchen, saxophonist Matthew James and pianist Michael Tobar. Isidro Amigo will sing with the band for the concert. (Photo provided)

PARKERSBURG — The Michael Tobar Jazz Quartet will perform Thursday at 7 p.m. as part of the Artsbridge Summer Music Series at the Parkersburg City Park Bandstand.

Michael Tobar has played jazz for over 30 years in numerous bands throughout the Mid-Ohio Valley. Tobar will perform on the piano, but he is also a symphonic flautist having held the first chair of the River Cities Symphony Orchestra for over 20 years.

He is a retired music teacher from the schools in the town of Marietta. Tobar was schooled in the American songbook of the 1920s, 30s and 40s and grew up playing jazz, blues, rock and classical.

On saxophone, Matthew James, professor of saxophone and jazz studies at the Ohio University School of Music in Athens. He is director of jazz studies, directs the Jazz Ensemble I and teaches applied saxophone.

James was a visiting assistant professor at the University of Toledo before joining the Ohio University faculty in 1997. He was awarded the 2021 Ohio University School of Music Award and the 2008 Ohio University School of Music Outstanding Teaching Award.

As a professional drummer, Scott Kitchen has played with many bands in the Mid-Ohio Valley, from his own jazz trio to the River City Symphony Orchestra. He is often called upon to accompany bands at the Peoples Bank Theater and the Smoot Theatre, where he recently supported the Atlantic City Boys for a one night show. Kitchen joined his first work group at age 15.

Isidro Amigo will sing with the band for the concert. Hailing from Havana, Cuba, Amigo calls the Mid-Ohio Valley home. He is a singer with the Parkersburg Choral Society, the West Virginia Symphony Chorus and in local shows.

Artsbridge has presented the free concert series for 20 years. It’s party time with drawings, gifts and food trucks.

Lawn chairs are recommended. If it rains, the concert will be moved to the horseshoe pit next to the band’s shell.

The concert is free, but donations will be collected for Arts in Education programs to benefit local schools in the Mid-Ohio Valley. The Michael Tobar Jazz Quartet is sponsored by Kraton and the City of Parkersburg.




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