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7th annual Tacoma Jazz & Blues Festival on for May 29

The 7th annual Tacoma Jazz and Blues Festival will be held May 29 at Tacoma’s Freighthouse Square, the Harmon Pub & Brewery and Stonegate Pizza, organizers announced Wednesday. The schedule is as follows:

Big bands jazz stage at Freighthouse Square’s Rainier Room
Johnny Lewis Big Band (1 p.m.)
Roadside Attraction (2:30 p.m.)
Mukilteo’s Outrageous Jazz Orchestra (4 p.m.)
Rich Wetzel’s Groovin Higher Jazz Orchestra (5:30 p.m.)

Blues stage at the Harmon Pub & Brewery
The Crossroads Band (12:30 p.m.)
Little Bill & the Bluenotes (2

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New jazz series kicks off at Stonegate on Sunday

Yesterday, local big band leader Rich Wetzel sent me details on a new jazz series set to kick off this weekend at South Tacoma Way’s newest hot spot, the Stonegate.

“Tacoma Just Got Hipper – Jazz at the Stonegate” will go on from 5 to 8 p.m. on Sunday (Jan. 10). The kickoff event will feature Rich Wetzel’s Groovin’ Higher Orchestra playing jazz and funk tunes, ranging from Maynard Ferguson to James Brown.

For more info on the Stonegate, check here.