Jazzed up for change

By CRAIG MURPHY Of the Keizertimes You can tell Jim Nardi and Paul Elliott have worked in a music store a long time. How? In normal conversations, music-related words just pop up, with no puns intended. For example, here is Nardi talking about Elliott’s impact on Uptown Music over the years. “He’s been instrumental to our growth,” Nardi said. Last year Nardi sold the business he started in 1991 to Elliott. How does Elliott feel about that? “I’m pretty jazzed about it,” Elliott said. Late last March Elliott took over as president of the business. Nardi stayed on board, helping his longtime employee – Elliott worked for Nardi for 17 years – get through the transition. “I have the confidence we can meet future challenges, with his help in preparing me,” Elliott said, motioning to Nardi. “It’s time for the training wheels to come off. We will solve problems as we keep moving forward.” Replied Nardi: “Keep rocking.” Nardi, 57, hasn’t indicated what his next step is. He said the longstanding joke between the two men was the moment Nardi left the business, he would open a new music store right across River Road. One thing is certain, however: Nardi won’t be coming in every day. A going away celebration party was set for Wednesday evening this week, after the Keizertimes went to press. “Once we reach the end...

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