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Jazz musician Wynton Marsalis performs at the Goshen College Music Center Sept. 15, 2004. Marsalis will perform at the 2013 Elkhart Jazz Festival, which runs from June 20 to June 23. (Truth Photo By J. Tyler Klassen) (AP)
100 jazz festival tickets sold on first day

Posted on Jan. 11, 2013 at 12:00 a.m. | Updated on Jan. 11, 2013 at 5:47 p.m.

ELKHART — More than 100 passes to the Elkhart Jazz Festival, including tickets to see headliner Wynton Marsalis, were purchased on the first day of sale.

Jazz fans from five states — Indiana, Ohio, Michigan, Kansas and Louisiana — bought tickets to the festival online, over the phone and at the Lerner Theatre’s box office Friday. Festival co-chairman David Smith, who is also the theater’s general manager, said part of the reason the jazz festival is already seeing interest from across Indiana’s borders is because of Marsalis, who will play with the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra at the Lerner Theatre on June 22. Guitarist John Pizzarelli will perform at the theater on the night before.

Early bird ticket prices for the three-day event will be available until March 15. Standard jazz passes sold before that date are $110 and include entrance to all of the festival’s music venues. Early bird standard patron passes are $190 and include access to all of the venues plus preferred seating and entry to patron-only events.

Premium passes, which include tickets to Marsalis’ exclusive concert at the 1,700-seat theater, are in limited supply. Early bird premium jazz passes are $150 with main floor seating, and festival goers who buy early bird premium patron passes with orchestra seating will pay $245.

Festival tickets are on sale at the Lerner Theatre box office and online at Tickets can also be purchased by calling (800) 294-8223.