IN PICTURES: Uptown jams to jazz in Houghton Park

An estimated crowd of one thousand people got together in North Long Beach to get down to jazz music, dance and enjoy some food on Saturday during the Annual Uptown Jazz Festival.

With acts like Con Funk Shun, DW3, Boxcar Seven, Biscuits and Gravy Live and the The Susie Hansen Latin Band, people of all ages were able to have fun on the dance floor.

Amid the free community concert, Natasha Mata, Wells Fargo region bank president, presented a check for $175,000 to Councilman Rex Richardson to start the Uptown Community Development Corporation to help start and grow businesses in the district.

Reta Butler of Moreno Valley, hits the dance floor during the Annual Uptown Jazz Festival, held at Houghton Park in Long Beach, Saturday, July 6th , 2019.
Photo by Stephen Carr

Boxcar Seven lead singer Scott Griffith sings during the Annual Uptown Jazz Festival, held at Houghton Park in Long Beach, Saturday, July 6th , 2019.
Photo by Stephen Carr

Nyjayla Brown,14, of Whittier, tries on a pair of sunglasses at one of the booths, during the Annual Uptown Jazz Festival, held at Houghton Park in Long Beach, Saturday, July 6th, 2019. Photo by Stephen Carr

Kevin Overall, of Moreno Valley, cools off with some mist during the Annual Uptown Jazz Festival, held at Houghton Park in Long Beach, Saturday, July 6th , 2019.
Photo by Stephen Carr

Boxcar Seven trumpet player John Vandenberg plays during the Annual Uptown Jazz Festival, held at Houghton Park in Long Beach, Saturday, July 6th , 2019.
Photo by Stephen Carr

The dance floor was packed during the Annual Uptown Jazz Festival, held at Houghton Park in Long Beach, Saturday, July 6th , 2019.
Photo by Stephen Carr

Enjoying food and shade during the Annual Uptown Jazz Festival, held at Houghton Park in Long Beach, Saturday, July 6th , 2019.
Photo by Stephen Carr

Marie Cole, of Long Beach, grills up her special sliders, during the Annual Uptown Jazz Festival, held at Houghton Park in Long Beach, Saturday, July 6th , 2019.
Photo by Stephen Carr

The Susie Hansen Latin Band plays during the Annual Uptown Jazz Festival, held at Houghton Park in Long Beach, Saturday, July 6th , 2019.
Photo by Stephen Carr

Susie Hansen of the The Susie Hansen Latin Band plays during the Annual Uptown Jazz Festival, held at Houghton Park in Long Beach, Saturday, July 6th , 2019.
Photo by Stephen Carr

Long Beach City Councilmember Rex Richardson, of the 9th District, addresses the crowd during the Annual Uptown Jazz Festival, held at Houghton Park in Long Beach, Saturday, July 6th , 2019. Photo by Stephen Carr

The Annual Uptown Jazz Festival, held at Houghton Park in Long Beach, Saturday, July 6th , 2019. Photo by Stephen Carr

Biscuits and Gravy Live perform during the Annual Uptown Jazz Festival, held at Houghton Park in Long Beach, Saturday, July 6th , 2019. Photo by Stephen Carr

Packed dance floor during the Annual Uptown Jazz Festival, held at Houghton Park in Long Beach, Saturday, July 6th , 2019. Photo by Stephen Carr

The Annual Uptown Jazz Festival, held at Houghton Park in Long Beach, Saturday, July 6th , 2019. Photo by Stephen Carr

Biscuits and Gravy Live perform during the Annual Uptown Jazz Festival, held at Houghton Park in Long Beach, Saturday, July 6th , 2019. Photo by Stephen Carr

Marvin McCarter sings along as Biscuits and Gravy Live perform during the Annual Uptown Jazz Festival, held at Houghton Park in Long Beach, Saturday, July 6th , 2019.
Photo by Stephen Carr

Robert Earl of Robert Earl’s BBQ, chops up some meat to serve during the Annual Uptown Jazz Festival, held at Houghton Park in Long Beach, Saturday, July 6th , 2019. Photo by Stephen Carr

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