Jazz Musician Gerald Veasley to Guest Co-Host 4th Annual Duck Jazz Festival

Philadelphia-based Jazz musician Gerald Veasley is set to co-host the 4th Annual Duck Jazz Festival on Sunday, October 10, 2010, at the Duck Town Park.

The critically-acclaimed Jazz bassist, who was also the Festival’s 2008 Headliner, will return this year to co-host the Festival, as well as host an eventful pre-festival weekend of music and fun beginning on Friday, October 8, 2010 and culminating in the main event The 4th Annual Duck Jazz Festival.

Veasley comes to the Duck Town Park Stage with an impressive résumé, having recorded with the late Grover Washington, Jr.; Teddy Pendergrass; Dianne Reeves; and Earth, Wind, and Fire vocalist Philip Bailey, to name a few. He has also shared stages with Jazz legends such as Miles Davis and Dizzy Gillespie.

As an educator of music, Veasley’s motto is “to inform and inspire.” He believes information and inspiration are indispensable ingredients to music education. Aside from workshops and master classes, Veasley has taught classes at the University level. He has been artist in residence at the Artist-Teachers institute of Stockton State College; guest lecturer at Dartmouth; instructor at Philadelphia’s University of the Arts; and video instructor on “Solo Bass Techniques” released by CCP Baldwin. He also offers and instructs his own “Bass Boot Camp”.

Veasley currently has eight CD’s to his credit. His 2008 hit Your Move reached #12 on the U.S. Billboard Top Contemporary Jazz Albums chart, and was called “instantly infectious and stylistically versatile” by Jazziz Magazine. He has been voted “Best Electric Bassist” by Jazziz Magazine and recognized in both Downbeat Magazine’s Critic’s and Reader’s Polls.

The Festival will be headlined by Joyce Cooling, a San Francisco-based Jazz guitarist and vocalist. Best-known for her eclectic style and colorful body-moving sound, Cooling is funky, soulful, and always original; and is recognized as one of the most dynamic and popular contemporary jazz guitarists in the world.

Cooling has recorded seven albums – five of which charted on the Billboard music charts. She has to her credit two number one radio singles, six top 10’s, and 13 charting singles in all. Cooling has garnered multiple music awards, including the “Gibson Best Jazz Guitarist of the Year” and “Best New Talent” in the Jazziz Reader’s Poll. She was a nominee for the California Music Awards, the Oasis Awards, and the Gavin Contemporary Jazz Artist of the Year.

The other acts scheduled to appear in the Duck Jazz Festival include Adrian Crutchfield, from Charlotte, North Carolina; Big Rick and The Bombers, from Wake Forest, North Carolina; and The Roy Muth Big Band with Laura Martier from Norfolk, Virginia.

The 4th Annual Duck Jazz Festival will be held at the Duck Town Park, 1200 Duck Road, beginning at 11:00 a.m. with the gates opening at approximately 10:00 a.m. The event is free to the public, and has attracted nearly 5,000 visitors in years past. Please bring a picnic, beverages, chairs, or blankets. No beach umbrellas or tents are permitted at the event. Food concessions will be provided by the Duck United Methodist Church in the picnic shelter and chairs will also be available to rent.

This event is sponsored by Baritone Sponsors: Brindley Beach Vacations & Sales and Twiddy & Company Realtors. Tenor Sponsors: Carolina Designs Realty, Inc., The Sanderling Resort & Spa, and Scarborough Faire Shopping Village. And Alto Sponsors: Atlantic Realty; Beach Realty & Construction/Kitty Hawk Rentals; The Cottage Shop and Kellogg Supply Company; Dominion North Carolina Power; Duck Community and Business Alliance; Ocean Atlantic Rentals; RBC Centura Bank; Seaside Vacations and Coldwell Banker Seaside Realty; Stan White Realty & Construction; and The Waterfront Shops.

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