“Get your coat. Grab your hat. Leave your worries at the doorstep,” crooned Brent Kimbrough to the crowd gathered at Seward Park on a recent Friday night. Not that any coats were needed on this 80 degree evening, but the sentiment was understood. This was a time to enjoy the sounds of jazz and relax in the peaceful company of one’s neighbors.

More than 400 residents gathered at the Near North Side park on Elm Street for the second of five outdoor concerts in a free, summer-long Jazz Fest (remaining concerts are on August 12 and August 26).