Prairie Village Jazz Festival brings another all-star lineup to town Saturday

Saxaphone legend Bobby Watson will top the lineup at this year's PV Jazz Fest.
Saxaphone legend Bobby Watson will top the lineup at this year’s PV Jazz Fest.

Saturday is the big day for jazz fans who get to hear some of the best talent around – for free – right here at home.

It’s the 2013 Prairie Village Jazz Festival, which is the fourth annual event – with an asterisk. The 2011 event was cut short by a freak storm that blew through early in the lineup. But the festival rebounded in style last year with approximately 7,000 people coming to Harmon Park for the usual all-star lineup.

The first act kicks off at 3 p.m. and it’s solid jazz until at least 10:30 p.m. Plenty of parking is available at the SM East lot off Mission, the pool lot off Delmar, and the church lot south of city hall. Bring a blanket or lawn chair – the seating is on a grassy hill.

Food and drink – including beer and wine – will be plentiful from vendors at the site, so don’t bring your own. The weather forecast right now has no precipitation, but it could be a little warm.

The festival focuses on showcasing musicians with a Kansas City connection and in showing off young talent early in the day. Bobby Watson is back and closes the show with trumpeter Jon Faddis and a big band. The opening act, Andy McGhie Quintet, fulfills the mission of giving rising stars a stage.

The Mutual Musicians Foundation All-Stars are rooted in Kansas City history and in the 18th and Vine history. Another Kansas City legend, Marilyn Maye, will be performing with her trio. Parallax is a group that features two drummers and the Everette DeVan – Chris Hazelton Quartet come with two Hammond B3 organs to light up the crowd.

The lineup for the day:

3:00 – Andy McGhie Quintet
4:10 – Parallax
5:20 – Mutual Musicians Foundation All-Stars
6:30 – Everette DeVan – Chris Hazelton Quartet
7:40 – Marilyn Maye
9:00 – Bobby Watson All-Star Big Band with Jon Faddis