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May 27, 2011 at 10:25am

SATURDAY: 8th Annual Tacoma Jazz and Blues Festival

RICH WETZEL'S GROOVIN' HIGHER ORCHESTRA: The trumpet player founded the Tacoma Jazz and Blues Festival eight years ago. Photo courtesy of Rich Wetzel

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For all the writing we do about indie rock acts and folky, sad-bastard music in this fine rag, there's a fairly vibrant jazz, funk, blues and big band scene that has remained strong in these parts for years. Saturday is a day to take a dip in those brassy waters-perhaps, dear hipster, a chance to find something off the beaten path that you might never have sought out otherwise-at the 8th Annual Tacoma Jazz & Blues Festival. That all of the shows are totally free is a big bonus.

During the day at Freighthouse Square and the Harmon, and in the evening at Stonegate Pizza, expect exhibitions of all the South Sound has to offer in jazz and blues. Familiar names like Little Bill and the Bluenotes and Jerry Miller will make their expected appearances. Closing out the festival will be Rich Wetzel's Groovin' Higher Jazz Orchestra. I caught up with Wetzel to get his thoughts on the festival and to learn a little bit about the band-leading trumpet player.

To read Rev. Adam McKinney's full article click here.

Tacoma Jazz & Blues Festival

Saturday, May 28
Freighthouse Square, 12:30-4:30 p.m., 602 E. 25th St., Tacoma, freighthousesquare.com
Harmon Brewery & Eatery, 12:30-6 p.m., 203 Tacoma Ave. S., Tacoma, 253.683.4606
Stonegate Pizza, after-party starts at 8 p.m., 5419 S. Tacoma Way, Tacoma, 253.473.2255

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