Rich Wetzel | Live At Jazzbones

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Live At Jazzbones

by Rich Wetzel

A nationally acclaimed high intensity jazz orchestra in the tradition of the 50's-70's powerhouse big bands of Stan Kenton, Count Basie, Woody Herman, Louie Bellson, Buddy Rich, and the great Maynard Ferguson.
Genre: Jazz: Big Band
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  Song Share Time Download
1. My Funny Valentine
4:26 album only
2. High Five
5:36 album only
3. Almost Like Being In Love
3:39 album only
4. A Night In Tunisia
3:30 album only
5. A Country Boy
3:38 album only
6. Queen Bee
4:11 album only
7. Fan It Janet
3:24 album only
8. Danny Boy
3:37 album only
9. Four
3:36 album only
10. Like Someone In Love
3:12 album only
11. Lazy Bird
3:03 album only
12. Polka Dots & Moonbeams
6:33 album only
13. (disc 2) Sam's Boogie
2:51 album only
14. B' Bye
2:24 album only
15. Randi / Children of Sanchez
11:37 album only
16. Alright, Ok, You Win
4:02 album only
17. Miss Fine
4:31 album only
18. Everyday I Have The Blues
3:09 album only
19. Somewhere Beyond The Sea
3:33 album only
20. Fever
3:50 album only
21. Cruisin For A Bluesin
6:14 album only
22. Switch In Time
3:43 album only


Album Notes
Press Release / Bio and Band info for
"Rich Wetzel's Groovin Higher Jazz Orchestra"

Rich Wetzel's Groovin' Higher Jazz Orchestra, is led by the recognizable and very exciting, high energy, high note trumpet stylings of a really amazing local trumpet player, with some very notable national credits to his name,
Rich Wetzel. Rich recently signed a clinician / endorsing artist agreement with the world renowned Leblanc corporation, endorsing their trumpets, and he has personally played with some of the biggest names in the business like: The Four Tops, Smokey Robinson, The Platters, The Spinners, The Temptations, The Coasters, El Chicano, Al Martino, Charo, Si Zentners Big Band, The US Army Band, The US Air Force Band, various cruise ships, local bands and shows both here in the Northwest, and in his original home of Los Angeles, CA.

Wetzel says, "This group is my dream band, the one I have dreamed of having all my life. It is my favorite music to play, to watch be performed, and to listen to. This is the band I feel the most passionate about. It is so exciting, I love it"

How could you not? This is not your grandfathers big band, but some high intensity 50's-today stuff from people like Stan Kenton, Maynard Ferguson, Count Basie, Buddy Rich, Louie Bellson, Woody Herman, and writers like Willie Maiden, Don Sebesky, Bill Holman, Sammy Nestico, Bill Liston, etc... This band is an intense ensemble with a bevy of amazing soloists. The band is an all star 21-piece outfit made up of some of the biggest names of the the local Seattle jazz scene, which includes Cliff Colon, Kareem Kandi, Greg Lyons, Bobby Medina, Kevin England, Eric Stevens, just to name a few.

This high intensity jazz orchestra is getting a lot of radio airplay all over the country, and rapidly becoming a nationally known and highly regarded group.

Last year they released a two-CD set, "Live At Jazzbones." This year we plan on releasing one or two new CD's. Most of the guys in the band are leaders themselves of other area groups and collectively put on a very exciting show, not to be missed!!! Whatever you do, make a point to go see these guys, buy their CD's and hot new jazz videos, you will love it!!!

Rich Wetzel
Trumpet Artist / Band Leader / Holton-Leblanc Clinician and Guest Soloist
"Rich Wetzel's Groovin Higher Jazz Orchestra" and

To book Rich Wetzel and his Groovin Higher Jazz Orchestra, go to websites, or call (253) 475-0587



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Great music. My only complaint is with the quality of recording engineering. It doesn't do justice to this fine musical group. I purchased this album and also their second one ("Live"). I think that if I had to choose, I'd prefer the Live at Jazzbones one (first album). "Live" has some high energy music (Virgin of Macarena, for example), but the sub-par recording quality detracted from the excitement - sort of muddy. I'm sure that we'll be hearing more from this fine group, and I'll bet that the quality of recording will improve, particularly if they release some studio (versus live audience / auditorium) recordings. Good job Rich, and I particularly appreciated some guidance that you posted on TrumpetHerald.

Dan Jacobs, jazz trumpet artist

Best big band CD I have heard in ages!
This CD is HOT! Great lead trumpet work that sizzles!!! The sounds and excitment of the big bands are alive and well in their competent hands. Highly recommend!