WHEELING, W.Va. (August 27, 2015)–Wheeling native and renowned trombonist Reggie Watkins returns to Oglebay Institute’s Stifel Fine Art Center at 8 p.m. September 19 to open the 2015-16 Jazz at the Stifel series.

Described as vibrant, dynamic and funky, Watkins is one of the top players in Pittsburgh’s music scene. He served for many years as trombonist, musical director and arranger for the legendary jazz trumpet player Maynard Ferguson, and in 2008 he joined the Grooveline Horns and began touring with Jason Mraz. In 2009 the group performed on “Saturday Night Live,” “The Today Show,” at Radio City Music Hall, The Royal Albert Hall, The Hollywood Bowl, The Java Jazz Festival, The Oxygen Festival, Farm Aid, “The Tonight Show with Conan O’Brien” and an extensive world tour.

Watkins has performed thousands of gigs and educational workshops worldwide, and as a result has a strong fan base. A remarkably pure trombonist with strong, beautiful tones and an extensive range, Watkins plays with the cool ease of a veteran, moving audiences with his confidence and emotion.

A graduate of Wheeling Park High School, Watkins has played the trombone for 24 years and attended West Virginia University, where he studied jazz performance.

Don’t miss your chance to see this dynamic jazz musician and his band of accomplished musicians in the elegant atmosphere of the Stifel Fine Arts Center. Call 304-242-7700 or visit to reserve seats.

Watkins’ show is the first in a series of six jazz concerts at the Stifel Center. Other Jazz at the Stifel shows include Roger Humphries RH Factor Quintet October 17; Jimmy Sapienza’s Five Guys Named Moe November 14; Curtis Johnson and Yana Tyulkova January 9; The Roger Hoard Jazz Quartet February 13 and Kenny Blake March 12.

Refreshments are available for purchase at all shows, and parking is free and available just behind the center.

This program is made possible through the generous support of the members of the Institute as well as with financial assistance from the West Virginia Division of Culture and History and the National Endowment for the Arts, with approval from the WV Commission on the Arts.