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Rich Wetzel

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Rich is well known as a very powerful, very exciting, and high energy lead trumpet player, featured soloist, who is equally adept at gorgeous, soft, beautiful trumpet or flugelhorn lyrical concert settings, or soaring over the top of the band or orchestra on a power ballad in the Maynard Ferguson style. He is often a featured soloist for many top local and regional bands as well. Rich is also a top call contractor for both national and international acts for string and horn sections for some of the biggest names in the business at major venues. Wetzel grew up in Garden Grove, CA, near Anaheim and Los Angeles, where on more occasions than you could count, you could go see the great jazz orchestras of people like Maynard Ferguson, Buddy Rich, Louie Bellson, Stan Kenton, and more. He has played trumpet for and personally put together horn sections for groups such as The Four Tops, The Temptations, The Spinners, The Platters, The Ojays, Al Martino, Wayne Newton, and many more

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The Mayn Thing

Label: Self Produced
Released: 2008
Track listing: Break The Ice; Chameleon; Coconut Champagne; A Country Boy; Grorgia On My Mind; Groove Blues; How Sweet It Is; My Romance; Rocky (Gonna Fly Now); Superbone Meets The Badman; Tenderly; What Kind of Fool Am I.

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Rich Wetzel and The Groovin Higher Jazz Orchestra: The Mayn Thing

Read "The Mayn Thing" reviewed by Edward Blanco


Rich Wetzel is a Holton-Leblanc trumpet artist, clinician, chairman of the Tacoma Jazz Festival and representative of Conn-Selmer, leading manufacturer and distributor of band and orchestral instruments. He is also the leader of the fourteen-piece Tacoma-based Groovin Higher Jazz Orchestra, which offers their third album and first studio recording, The Mayn Thing, in a tribute to ...

Album

Live!

Label: RWJO
Released: 2002
Track listing: La Virgen de la Macarena; MacArthur Park; Polka Dots and Moonbeams; St. Louis Blues; Bon Homme Richard; Tell Your Story; Cruisin

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Live at Jazzbones!

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Released: 2002
Track listing: Disc 1

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Live at Jazzbones

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Released: 2002
Track listing: Disc 1

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Rich Wetzel's Groovin' Higher Jazz Orchestra: Live!

Read "Live!" reviewed by Jack Bowers


Trumpeter Rich Wetzel may be leading a pretty darned good big band out on the left coast in Tacoma, WA, but it’s hard to say for sure, as the evidence on the band’s second album, Live!, suggests that the microphones may have been inadvertently placed somewhere north of Seattle. We exaggerate, of course, to make a ...

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Rich Wetzel and his Groovin Higher Jazz Orchestra: Live at Jazzbones

Read "Live at Jazzbones" reviewed by Harvey Siders


Jazz and Blues come in all hues. The basic sounds of jazz and blues that we have been weaned on are so enduring, so indestructible, they show up in rock, country, pop, Dixieland, every idiom from Afro-Cuban to Zydeco...from hip-hop to be-bop. They also form the basis of much of the big band swing heard on ...

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Rich Wetzel's Groovin' Higher Orchestra: Live at Jazzbones!

Read "Live at Jazzbones!" reviewed by Jack Bowers


More swinging big–band Jazz from Washington State. On the heels of Kevin Seeley’s superb Emerald City ensemble from Seattle ( Alive and Swingin', SMP 0004) comes this two–disc set by trumpeter Rich Wetzel’s far less polished but no less earnest Groovin’ Higher Orchestra, recorded in concert at Jazzbones in Tacoma, where the band has been performing ...


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