Saturday's Prairie Village Jazz Festival was a spectacular success.
About 1,000 people were already on hand when Killer Strayhorn, the festival's first act, concluded its fine set at 3:50 p.m. The audience had ballooned to at least 5,000 by the time Karrin Allyson joined the Kansas City Jazz Orchestra near the end of the free event.
She sang four songs in her thirty-minute appearance- "Hello, Young Lovers," "Jordu," "This Happy Madness" and "Humdrum Blues." She singled out her guitarist and Kansas City Jazz Orchestra member Rod Fleeman for extra praise.
"You're like the Kansas City God," Allyson exclaimed. "You ought to be recognized for it."
Eldar's festival-friendly set was also excellent. The sound system couldn't handle the low rumble of Armando Gola's electric bass, but that was one of the festival's few flaws. I also could have done without the
Otherwise, the event was close to perfect. It's a huge win for Kansas City's jazz scene.
(Original images of Eldar's trio and the audience by Plastic Sax.)