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Stolen Moments Jazz Quartet to perform at OUS on Friday

The Ohio University Southern Evening Concert Series concludes on Friday with the Stolen Moments Jazz Quartet from Charleston, W.Va., at 7:30 p.m. Friday in the Collins Center Bowman Auditorium.

Members of the quartet include J. Scott Milam, vibraphone; Ron Oxley, guitar; Mike Harbour, bass; and Kenny Johnson, drums. Special guest artist will be David Porter on trumpet.

“This is our last concert of the year and I really hope to have a decent turnout,” Pat McCoy, OUS lecturer in fine arts and concert coordinator, said.

The Stolen Moments Jazz Quartet regularly performs music for all types of social occasions throughout southern West Virginia and the Tri-State and it regularly performs at the Blennerhassett Hotel in Parkersburg, W.Va. Their repertoire includes jazz and blues standards, ballads and a variety of dance music including cha-chas, tangos, mambos, fox trots and waltzes.

Milam hails from St. Albans, W.Va., where he graduated from St. Albans High School. He attended West Virginia State University and completed his bachelor’s degree in music education at Marshall University in 1982. He completed a master’s degree from Morehead State University in 1986. Milam has performed with a variety of ensembles including the West Virginia Symphony, the Huntington Symphony and several jazz and blues groups in the Charleston area. He has worked on three continents in venues including the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C.  He currently resides in St. Albans with his wife, Danielle, who is a musician and oil painter. Their son, Colin, is majoring in music at Marshall.

Oxley is from the Charleston area and is a freelance jazz and classical guitarist who regularly performs as a soloist for various social functions throughout the Kanawha Valley. He has performed with several jazz groups and larger ensembles including the Huntington Symphony Orchestra.

Harbour is from Huntington, W.Va., where he serves as musician, arranger and production engineer for Sound Productions. He received a bachelor’s in music education from Marshall University in 1972 and a certificate in electronic technology from DeVry Institute of Technology in 1975. From 1972-1995 he performed with the U.S. Air Force Academy Band in Colorado Springs, Colo. He served as a musical arranger, percussionist, bassist and vocalist with their concert, rock and country bands. He also engineered sound systems and performed maintenance on all electronic equipment associated with musical productions. He received the Air Force Commendation Medal for musical production and leadership. Following retirement from the Air Force, Harbour continued musical collaborations with local and national performers including Jay Flippin, Beth McVey, the River Cities Big Band, Rich Little, the Platters, the Coasters and the Ink Spots.

Johnson, from the Charleston area, received his bachelor’s in music education at Marshall University and has been teaching junior high and middle school band in Kanawha County for the past 30 years. During that time he has played with numerous area bands and more than 40 musical theater productions. Johnson has also performed with the West Virginia Symphony, the Ohio Valley Symphony, the Huntington Symphony, the Huntington Pops and the River Cities Orchestra.

Special guest artist Porter is also a Charleston-area resident. He is an adjunct professor of trumpet at Concord University in Athens, W.Va. He has performed with the West Virginia Symphony and several area bands including Blues Du Jour and Big Planet Soul.

Admission is free and open to the public.