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Guitarist John Pizzarelli gets the Lerner swingin’

Posted on June 21, 2013 at 1:00 a.m.

Guitarist John Pizzarelli headlined a concert Friday, June 21, at the Lerner Theatre for the Elkhart Jazz Festival. (Photo supplied) Guitarist John Pizzarelli headlined a concert Friday, June 21, at the Lerner Theatre for the Elkhart Jazz Festival. (Photo supplied)

Swing guitarist John Pizzarelli charmed a crowd Friday, June 21, at the Elkhart Jazz Festival, marking his first appearance in the city.

The charismatic bandleader and his quartet played a medley of upbeat tunes and jazz standards with a few songs from their latest album, “Double Exposure,” that had festivalgoers clapping and swaying along to the music at the Lerner Theatre.

“He’s got a lot of energy,” said Norman Bryce, a first-time Elkhart Jazz Festival visitor from Michigan. “He’s just lively, and he’s got a lot of zip in him. He’s very likeable.”

John Pizzarelli’s father and fellow jazz festival artist Bucky Pizzarelli was spotted in the crowd with guitarist Ed Laub before heading off to their next set at the Knights of Columbus hall.

“My father’s been coming here since the ‘40s, I think,” John Pizzarelli joked on stage.

Rod Bentley of Elkhart decided to check out John Pizzarelli’s concert between sets by Dave Bennett and Davina and the Vagabonds

“It’s great jazz music,” Bentley said.

John Pizzarelli will play two more shows Saturday, June 22, at the festival. The quartet will perform at 2 p.m. at the Lerner’s Crystal Ballroom and again at 9:30 p.m. at Knights of Columbus hall.

-Angelle Barbazon, reporter, Elkhart Truth


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