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8th Annual Duck Jazz Festival

Presented by PNC Bank

Sunday, October 12, 2014

The Duck Town Park was roaring with talent as the sounds of local, regional, and national musicians filled two stages at the 8th Annual Duck Jazz Festival presented by PNC on Sunday, October 12, 2014, from 11:00 a.m. to dusk (gates opened 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 was 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 were encouraged to benefit the movie’s presenter Children @ Play. 

Schedule of performances:

11 a.m. – 12 p.m. : John Brown Quartet, Main Stage

12 p.m. – 12:30 p.m. : Connected, Amphitheater Stage

12:30 p.m. – 1:30 p.m. : Lipbone Redding, Main Stage

1:30 p.m. – 2:15 p.m. : “in”formance, Amphitheater Stage

2:00 p.m. – 3:30 p.m. : The Legendary Louis Hayes & The Jazz Communicators, Main Stage

3:30 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. : First Flight High School Jazz Band, Amphitheater Stage

4:00 p.m. – 5:30 p.m. : RENÉ MARIE’S I Wanna Be Evil – With Love to Eartha KittMain Stage

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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 Oscar Peterson, Horace Silver, and Cannonball Adderley where he formed a “dynamic duo” with bassist Sam Jones. 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 half of “the most powerful rhythm duo in jazz.”


John Brown

John Brown Quartet

Also presenting ”in”formance on the Amphitheater Stage

For the last ten years, John Brown has served as the Director of the Jazz Program at Duke University. Bassist, composer, educator,  and actor, Brown has performed at a myriad of notable venues, and played with the likes of former Duck Jazz Festival headliner Delfeayo Marsalis, as well as Wynton Marsalis, Ellis Marsalis, Rosemary Clooney,  Elvin Jones, Nnenna Freelon, and many more. Brown not only leads or is a sideman in performances. A larger part of his career is centered around jazz performance education. While hearing him play, bop your feet to the beat from his full and resounding bass tones, and you’ll understand why Jazz Times said he plays with a “soulful authority.”



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).



Formerly known as Jazz Connection of Elizabeth City, NC, Connected was founded by Wayne James, band director of Northeastern High School in 1996. Mr. James featured students from his high school band including Heston Morris, Kentric Morris, and Phillip Anderson. Mr. James plays trumpet for the group. Dennis Figgs was added later that year and played piano and keyboards.

Connected has been both blessed and fortunate to feature many great musicians of the Albemarle Area. Current members include: Dennis Figgs on piano and keyboards, Wayne James on trumpet Steve Raisor on bass and rhythm guitar, David Credle on rhythm and lead guitar, Cj Mercer on bass, Joshua Swain “aka” Dante Funkmaster on bass, Chris Bittner on tenor saxophone, Ellard Forrester on drums and percussion, Andrea Morris and Jackie Boyce on vocals. Other musicians who have performed with Connected include:  Kentric Morris, Wellington Gordon, Michael Gregory, Douglas Jackson, JP Peele, Marlow Greene, and Wes Smith. John Brown was a featured guest artist for Connected for a Lyceum Series concert in 2007 at Elizabeth City State University.

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