Hot temperatures, tunes mark 2013 Prairie Village Jazz Festival

The Mutual Musicians Foundation All-Stars  played the first long set of the afternoon.
The Mutual Musicians Foundation All-Stars played the first long set of the afternoon.

Some of the hottest temperatures of the summer couldn’t dissuade Kansas City jazz fans from congregating on the Harmon Park hill Saturday for the fourth installment of the Prairie Village Jazz Festival.

Spots in the shade filled up quickly as the Andy McGhie Quintet kicked off the performances at 3:30 p.m., with the sun-drenched swaths of ground near the stage sporadically populated. But by the time the sun was down for headlining performances from Marilyn Maye and the Bobby Watson All-Star Big Band, the hill was packed from bottom to top.

At the end of the event, organizer Jack Shearer presented a check to Habitat for Humanity, noting this was the first year the festival had made enough of a profit to allow for a donation to charity.

Bobby Watson directs his All-Star Big Band.
Bobby Watson directs his All-Star Big Band.
Real estate in the shade of Harmon Park's trees was at a premium.
Real estate in the shade of Harmon Park’s trees was at a premium.