6:00 pm - Saturday, May 13

Zzymzzy Quartet

Panama 66, Balboa Park, San Diego, 92101


The guys from the Zzymzzy Quartet have simple ambitions: they just want to play it like it was when it was unamplified, melodic, swinging, dreamy, full of sly surprise. From the Prohibition through the Second Big War, the glory days of Louis Armstrong and Duke Ellington are being recaptured humbly and with humor in San Diego by four musicians who know it don’t mean a thing without that swing:

guitar, vocals – Beston Barnett
clarinet – Matt Gill
upright bass – Paul Hormick
guitar, lead vocals – Pete Miesner

The Zzymzzy Quartet takes its name from a hypothetical “last word” in the dictionary: thus, their tagline, “The Last Word in Gypsy Swing.” The “Gypsy” sound is heard in much of the guitar work, heavily influenced by the stylings of French Gypsy jazz legend Django Reinhardt, but the group also pays tribute to the Swing Era with classic standards and idiomatic originals.

Admission/Cost: FREE

Panama 66
Balboa Park
San Diego, CA 92101

Every second Saturday of the month - 6:00 PM