Duck Jazz Festival

8th Annual Duck Jazz Festival

Presented by PNC Bank

Sunday, October 12, 2014

The Duck Town Park will be roaring with talent as the sounds of local, regional, and national musicians fill two stages at the 8th Annual Duck Jazz Festival on Sunday, October 12, 2014, from 11:00 a.m. to dusk (gates open at 10:00 a.m.). This free, premier jazz event in Duck is designed to provide a unique entertainment opportunity for residents and visitors on the Outer Banks of North Carolina, and to encourage people to stay in the area and support local businesses. Businesses throughout Duck participate by offering jazz events in conjunction with the festival. 

As a part of the jazz-filled weekend, the public is invited to bring their families and friends to the Town Green on Friday, October 10, for a special viewing of The Aristocats under the stars and setting sun. Although free, donations are encouraged to benefit the movie’s presenter Children @ Play. 

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René Marie

presents “I Wanna Be Evil (With Love to Eartha Kitt)”

It’s wonderful that such a talented artist like René Marie has recorded the first tribute album to my mother, helping to keep her memory and spirit alive.  These classic songs deserve to be heard and loved by all generations.” — Kitt Shapiro, Eartha Kitt’s daughter

An award winning wide-range vocal ability paired with an emotional resonance is just one of many ways René Marie has propelled to the top among today’s most successful jazz divas. With a mastery of entertaining and risk-taking, Marie has found her voice and boldness akin to the legendary Eartha Kitt. Her daring makes her one of America’s most interesting and compelling artists. So do her influences. Her style incorporates a distinctly American mélange of jazz, soul, blues, folk and gospel and an innate theatrical ability to interpret a song deeply and live its truth. Virginia native René Marie will show Duck Jazz Festival goers why she has won over critics in the jazz world, and will be performing her latest project I Wanna Be Evil (With Love to Eartha Kitt).


Louis Hayes

The Legendary Louis Hayes & The Jazz Communicators

For Louis Hayes, there is no resting on his laurels.  Hayes has played with John Coltrane, Kenny Burrell, and Freddie Hubbard just to name a few. Associated acts include Cannonball Adderley, Oscar Peterson, and Horace Silver. With an inexhaustible list of sideman contributions and as the leader of projects in a 60-plus year career, Hayes continues his leadership endeavors. Louis heads up The Jazz Communicators—his desire to continue bringing exciting musical alternatives to audiences around the world. Concert goers wouldn’t want to miss witnessing one half of “the most powerful rhythm duo in jazz.”




Lipbone Redding

Lawrence “Lipbone” Redding is many things: songwriter, guitarist, singer, composer, performance artist, world traveler, tale teller. His ability to accurately imitate a trombone using his mouth and use of other exotic percussive vocals will leave you moving to the full, funky sounds coming from his chops. Combine this unique talent with some original guitar playing and grooves booming from the rhythm section of his trio, and you’ll experience why they have been pegged as a “Franti-meets-Gillespie type jam jazz” (Hartford Courant).

Other artists to be announced soon!

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