The Town of Duck invites you to make plans to be in Duck this October for the 9th Annual Duck Jazz Festival presented by PNC on Columbus Day weekend.
Jazz great Roy Ayers said, “The true beauty of music is that it connects people.” The Duck Jazz Festival is truly a great opportunity for the public to come together to hear jazz music from talented national, regional and local artists. This year’s festival is headlined by Maceo Parker, who has played with every leader of funk, starting with James Brown. As saxophonist, singer, composer and band leader, Maceo Parker will bring “the tightest little funk orchestra on earth” to this year’s event. Parker is a native of Kinston, North Carolina, and Governor Pat McCrory recently announced that Parker will receive the North Carolina Heritage Award in 2016 for outstanding contributions to our state’s cultural heritage.
Other festival artists include The Bria Skonberg Quintet, bringing bandleader/trumpeter/vocalist Bria Skonberg who earned a Jazz Journalists’ Association nomination for “Up-and-Coming Jazz Artist of the Year,” and was included in DOWNBEAT Magazine’s Rising Start Critics’ Poll. Her quintet brings a style rooted in hot jazz, world percussion, soul and modern effects.
The Monitors have been led for nearly sixty years by co-founder and band leader, Bill Myers. Myers grew up in Greenville, NC, and was a 2014 recipient of the prestigious North Carolina Heritage Award. The Monitors bring a combination of jazz, rhythm and blues and funk traditions of eastern North Carolina to the main stage and to the amphitheater stage with a special program called “From Spirituals to Swing.” The Monitors are also part of The North Carolina Arts Council’s African American Music Trails of Eastern North Carolina project.
The Mint Julep Jazz Band brings their little big-band sound with a lineup of 4 horns, rhythm section, and vocalist. The band recreates the jazz sounds of the 1920’s, 1930’s and early 1940’s. The band is led by trombonist Lucian Cobb and vocalist/swing DJ Laura Windley who have created an ideal dance band for swing dancers.
The festival lineup is rounded out with performances on the amphitheater stage by Joe Mapp and The Coordinates and by the First Flight High School Jazz Band.
Events begin at the Duck Town Park on Friday, October 9 at 9:00 a.m. with Yoga on the Green led by Village Yoga. A workshop for Dare County student jazz musicians will take place with festival musician Bria Skonberg on Friday afternoon. Friday evening, join Children @ Play and the Town of Duck for a Movie on the Green with a showing of Disney’s The Princess and the Frog with gates at6:00 p.m., movie at dusk.
Businesses throughout Duck will hold jazz-themed events and promotions leading up to the festival. Visit www.duckjazz.com and check out the events calendar at the Duck Merchants Association website, www.doducknc.com, for details.
11 a.m. : The Monitors, Main Stage
12 p.m. : Joe Mapp and The Coordinates, Amphitheater Stage
12:30 p.m. : Mint Julep Jazz Band, Main Stage
1:30 p.m. : “From Spirituals to Swing” led by The Monitors, Amphitheater Stage
2:15 p.m. : The Bria Skonberg Quintet, Main Stage
3:45 p.m. : First Flight High School Jazz Band, Amphitheater Stage
4:30 p.m. : Maceo Parker
A beach chair, blanket, picnic, cooler, and pets on a leash are welcome. Umbrellas and tents are not permitted. Chairs will be available for rent on site by Ocean Atlantic Rentals.
Local Duck eateries will have food available for purchase all day at the Food Pavilion in the Town Park. Food Vendors include Aqua Restaurant, Duck Pizza Company, and Sooey’s BBQ, Soft drinks and water will be available at locations within the park.
The Duck Jazz Festival is presented by PNC and received support from many generous community sponsors, including support by the N.C. Arts Council, a division of the Department of Cultural Resources, with funding from the National Endowment for the Arts, and by a grant from The Outer Banks Visitors Bureau.
For more information on the Duck Jazz Festival and related events, visit duckjazz.com.