Prairie Village Jazz Festival organizer steps down

The inagurual Jazz Festival, organized largely by Dan Andersen, was a big success.

Dan Andersen, the lead organizer of last year’s inaugural Prairie Village Jazz Festival, has stepped down from his position as co-chair of this year’s event. Kathy Peterson, who had been Andersen’s co-chair until his announcement yesterday, will assume the lead organizing role.

Dan Andersen

Neither Andersen nor Peterson would comment on the specific reasons for the move, but both said they had high hopes that this year’s festival would be as successful as last year’s.

“We had a great year last year,” Andersen said. “They’ve got a great start this year. There were just some differences of opinion on how to move forward.”

Andersen’s announcement came Wednesday after he and Petersen met with city council representatives and Mayor Ron Shaffer about plans for the festival, scheduled to be held Sept. 10.

Peterson said Andersen’s departure shouldn’t impact already scheduled fundraisers, like the BRGR Luv 4 Jazz 5K May 15, or Jazzree, a silent auction and live music show to be held April 29.

“It was [Dan’s] choice to resign,” Peterson said. “We’re going to move forward and try to make it as big and good as it was last year.”

Peterson said she expected to be able to announce the music lineup for the event sometime next month.

Anderson said he remained committed to bringing arts programs to Prairie Village, and would be working on new projects.

“I’d like to see us do some theatre in the park,” he said. “I’ve already started a bit of work on that.”