Dec. 10, 2008 at 10:20am

Second Sunday Music & Chihuly glass, too!

Tom Brooks Trio plays jazz at Seymour Conservatory this Sunday, December 14th

CHIHULY AT SEYMOUR 100 with The Tom Brooks Trio to serenade you.

The second Sunday of the month (every month!), the W.W. Seymour Conservatory hosts live music amidst the foliage from 1:00 PM to 2:30 PM. This month, and in January and February as well, the bonus feature is the spectacular Dale Chihuly glass exhibit that is part of the Seymour Conservatory's ongoing 100th birthday party.

The W.W. Seymour Conservatory is operated by Metro Parks Tacoma. The exhibit, Chilhuly at Seymour 100, will be in place until February 22nd.

That gives you three Second Sundays to hear music while you smell the flowers and ogle the amazing glass flora. On December 14th (that's this coming Sunday), you'll hear The Tom Brooks Trio (more details below). On January 11th, the youthful angst and energy of Mister Fusion (Joe Izenman and Erich Sachs) will fill the fragrant space, as the new year gets rolling with the best in Geek Folk (I'm Joe's dad ... I can get away with that ... I think). Then, on February 8th, The Hayburners (Jennifer Spector and David Tiemann) bring their smart lyrics and lovely harmonies to the Seymour.

Here's what Tom Brooks says about The Tom Brooks Trio:

This trio features Seattle area jazz guitarist Greg Glassman. Greg's guitar playing style reflects his study of "jazz giants" including Jim Hall while his improvisational approach is reminiscent of the great horn players in jazz history. Also featured in this trio is Tacoma trumpeter, Kevin England, well-known for his warm tone, impeccable intonation, and improvisation. Tacoma bassist Tom Brooks will accompany Greg and Kevin on the upright bass.

"This is a great opportunity to custom-fit the instrumentation with the venue," Brooks said. "I can't wait to hear Kevin's horn playing in this building. His style is so warm that he can play boldly, but it still feels soft. I think that's unusual for a trumpet player. As for Greg ... his playing is so subtle and incredibly tasty; it's going to be a great fit. He's the kind of player you have to pay attention to. You can't be a passive listener with this guy or you'll miss the best stuff. He's not 'in your face,' but rather lyrically whispering in your ear."

Tom Brooks (253-431-6694)

So, come visit this gorgeous building in the urban jewel that is Wright Park. Check out the Chihuly exhibit, the ever-changing floral landscape, and ... this Sunday and every Second Sunday, the music. Don't forget the music!

We'll remind you again (yes we will) come the weekend.

comments [5]  |  posted under Hayburners, Mister Fusion, Music, Second Sunday Music, Tacoma, Tom Brooks, Wright Park, WW Seymour Botanical Conservatory


by Mandiferous on 12/10/2008 @ 11:04am
I heard a rumor that they're now charging to get into the conservatory. Any truth to that?

by morgan on 12/10/2008 @ 11:07am
Nope. It's a "suggested donation."

by Dmitri on 12/10/2008 @ 12:17pm
It's a suggested donation during the Chihuly exhibit. It's to help pay for the security guards they've had to hire.

by Erik on 12/10/2008 @ 12:20pm
This is an exhibit worth seeing, even for locals.

by morgan on 12/10/2008 @ 12:44pm
WARNING: Do not get too close to the glass! If you want to see their security in action, take a 4-year-old down there! Cool exhibit though.


Don Izenman ... retired mailman ... occasional musician ... proud father ... happily married (this time for sure!) ... contented non-driver ... interested in all things local and all things Tacoma. Oh yeah ... food, beer, and wine!

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