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Tag: Rich Wetzel

Dec.
26th

New Year’s Eve jazz at The Harmon, Tacoma

If First Night isn’t your thing and you still need a party to go to on New Year’s Eve, head for The Harmon in downtown Tacoma, where you’ll get cover-free big band jazz rocking tunes until midnight on December 31.

The man behind it is Rich Wetzel, who’s been lining up regular jazz gigs for his Groovin’ Higher Orchestra for a while now, proving that big band jazz can draw a crowd on a weekend. Playing high energy jazz-rock-funk-Latin, the band has a tight ensemble and fluid soloists, even on unusual instruments like flugelhorn.

The all-ages show is free

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March
7th

Rich Wetzel’s Groovin’ Higher Orchestra at Marine LIVE Jazz

Jazz LIVE at Marine View kicks off its fourth year featuring its first big band at the popular monthly concert series – Rich Wetzel and his Groovin’ Higher Jazz Orchestra. A Tacoma musician, Wetzel combines his own high-energy trumpet riffs with a 15-piece big band influenced by Maynard Ferguson.

5 p.m. March 11. Free, all ages. Marine View Church, 8469 Eastside Dr. NE, Tacoma. 253-229-9206, www.marineviewpc.org

 

Dec.
30th

Critic’s picks: Rich Wetzel’s jazz at the Harmon Tacoma, First Night Tacoma, Carmina Burana in Bellevue and the Seattle Symphony

Rich Wetzel’s Groovin’ Higher Orchestra at the Harmon

Usher in 2012 with big band jazz played by Rich Wetzel and his Groovin’ Higher Orchestra this New Year’s Eve at the Harmon Brewery & Restaurant. 9 p.m. Dec. 31. Free, all ages. Harmon Brewery, 1938 Pacific Ave, Tacoma. 253-383-2739, www.harmonbrewingco.com

First Night Tacoma

Arts-based, family-friendly, alcohol-free First Night is back, celebrating the incoming New Year with giant dragon puppets, fire performers, fire pits, bands, dancing and more. Begins with parade 6:30 p.m. from Sanford and Son along Broadway to the Pantages Theater (901 Broadway), then various downtown locations until midnight.

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