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Jazz fans Jim and Maggie Bair of Elkhart, center, applaud as the Alejo Poveda's Latin Quintet finish their first song at the Civic Plaza as the 25th anniversary of the Elkhart Jazz Festival gets underway Friday, June 22, 2012. The early afternoon start brought folks downtown earlier than usual to enjoy music and food. (Truth Photo By Jennifer Shephard) (AP)

Crowd members react to the announcement that one of the members of the Elkhart Community Chorus is 95 years old after the chorus finished their performance on the Civic Plaza at the Elkhart Jazz Festival Sunday morning, June 24, 2012. (Truth Photo by Mark Shephard) (Mark Shephard)

Members of the Dancing Queens from That’s Dancing Studio, dance during the last part of Davina and the Vagabonds set on the Main Street stage during the 2012 Elkhart Jazz Festival on June 22, 2012. (Truth Photo by J. Tyler Klassen) (AP)
Jazz festival tickets ‘moving quickly’

Posted on Feb. 13, 2013 at 12:00 a.m. | Updated on Feb. 13, 2013 at 4:18 p.m.

ELKHART — With about four months left until the Elkhart Jazz Festival, ticket sales are strong, according to event co-chairman David Smith.

While early-bird tickets have been on sale since January, daily session passes for this summer’s festival as well as individual tickets to see headliner Wynton Marsalis and the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra at the Lerner Theatre went on sale Tuesday, Feb. 12.

“Tickets for the Elkhart Jazz Festival are moving quickly, and I encourage all who have not purchased tickets, especially premium passes that include Wynton Marsalis, to act sooner rather than later because there is a definitive inventory for those seats,” said Smith, who is the general manager at the Lerner Theatre.

Smith said the festival is about a third of the way to its goal for ticket sales, adding that there are about 800 individual tickets left for Marsalis’ special performance on June 22. The majority of the tickets that have sold so far, Smith noted, have been three-day premium passes that include access to all of the festival’s venues with preferred seating plus a ticket to Marsalis’ exclusive concert.

“For every standard pass sold, we’re selling 10 premium passes,” Smith said. “That’s a good sign.”

The festival’s lineup features approximately two dozen newcomers and returning artists like John Pizzarelli, Dave Bennett and Davina and the Vagabonds. More performers will be added to the lineup in coming weeks, Smith said.

“The festival has survived and thrived because of the support that it has been given, volunteer support to put it on and support from our sponsors, but the individuals who step up to purchase tickets have made it possible for this festival to exist,” Smith said.

Tickets are available online at, by phone at 293-4469 and at the Lerner Theatre’s box office at 410 S. Main St. in downtown Elkhart.