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Rich Wetzel’s big band orchestra plays free at the Harmon this weekend, plus a new jazz meet-up site

Post by Rosemary Ponnekanti / The News Tribune on Oct. 20, 2011 at 6:59 am |
October 18, 2011 1:01 pm

Rich Wetzel’s inspired to pack out the Harmon pub in Tacoma with jazz fans on Saturdays. After a successful debut there in July, the trumpeter’s Groovin’ Higher Orchestra will play a cover-free gig there this Saturday night.

“We want to prove that a big band jazz-rock and Latin orchestra can pack the place again, that July was not a fluke,” says Wetzel. “We know and believe that if more club owners get a chance to hear and see that booking jazz on a prime night works, it helps the whole community.”

Wetzel has also created a new community website for Tacoma-area jazz fans and musicians to find out what’s going on. Tacoma Jazz Central at www.meetup.com/tacomajazz is, says Wetzel, “a

One-stop place to share who is playing where, to connect with each other.”

Wetzel and his band play 9 p.m.-12 a.m. Oct. 22 for free at the Harmon brewery, 1938 Pacific Ave., Tacoma. 253-383-2739, www.harmonbrewingco.com


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