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A view of the Elkhart Jazz Festival from a balcony of the Lerner Theatre Friday, June 21, 2013. (Julia Moss/The Elkhart Truth)
Elkhart Jazz Festival organizers talk about 'Top Shelf Jazz'

Posted on Feb. 13, 2014 at 9:44 a.m.

The theme for the 2014 Elkhart Jazz Festival is "Top Shelf Jazz," so I asked David Smith to explain why he thinks that phrase fits in with this summer's big event. Smith is the Lerner Theatre's general manager and serves as the jazz festival's co-chairman along with Kurt Janowsky.

"The best of the best is kept on the top shelf," Smith said. "When I look at my record collection, when someone comes into my listening room and they want to pick out an album, I always say that if they want to guarantee they get something good, they should look on the top shelf."

Janowsky had this to say in a press release about the festival: "The term top shelf generally refers to the best you have to offer. In 2014, Preservation Hall Jazz Band along with the festival's other headliners and over 100 of the best in live jazz will have Elkhart, once again, pulling from the top shelf during the third weekend of June."

Two of the festival's three headlining acts have been announced so far:

The last headliner will be revealed Friday, Feb. 14. Smith said Friday's announcement will “take the jazz festival’s lineup to the next level.”

What "top shelf" jazz artists would you like to see at this year's festival in downtown Elkhart?

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