The Modern Jazz Quartet (MJQ) headlined the 1985 Kansas City Jazz
Festival. A stage was built on the south lawn of the Nelson-Atkins
Museum of Art (the lawn was more open then, with less landscaping and no
Bloch building), just in front of the portico, facing what was then
Brush Creek Boulevard. MJQ almost didn’t go on. The airline lost Percy
Heath’s bass. But they found and delivered it to the festival grounds
shortly before the group was scheduled to perform.