The sights and sounds of the 2015 Prairie Village Jazz Festival

The Blue Knights set the tone for the day with a great set of big band classics.
The Blue Knights set the tone for the day with a great set of big band classics.

With absolutely stunning fall weather and a lineup featuring some of the Kansas City jazz scene’s most-loved acts, it was hard to ask for much more from the 2015 Prairie Village Jazz Festival.

The day started with about the most local act you can find, the Blue Knights of SM East, who opened the festival for the second year in a row with a set of big band classics. Here’s the group pausing for a photo before taking the stage:


Vibraphonist Peter Schlamb made a repeat performance at the festival, this year leading his own Peter Schlamb Quartet:


Here’s a listen to Schlamb in action:

Schlamb was followed by Tyrone Clark & True Dig, which started out playing instrumentals…:


…before being joined on stage by vocalist Lisa Henry, who injected a big dose of personality and fun into the set as the Harmon Park hill began to fill up:


Horacescope, a band playing the music of famed quintet leader Horace Silver, took the stage next, and delivered perhaps the strongest set of the day:


Take a listen:

With the hill nearly full, the evening hours got under way with an exploratory set from Matt Kane and the Kansas City Generations Sextet:


After Kane, renowned vocalist Angela Hagenbach enchanted attendees with her sultry jazz melodies:


Which got the crowd well warmed up for headliners The McFadden Brothers, whose high energy song-and-dance routine left the crowd grinning from ear to ear as the festival wrapped up: