2015 Duck Jazz Festival Line-up Announced!

Maceo Parker scheduled to Headline 9th Annual Festival in Duck, North Carolina

Duck, NC – The 9th Annual Duck Jazz Festival presented by PNC takes place on Sunday, October 11, 2015 in the Duck Town Park. With a stellar line-up of jazz musicians, audience members may find themselves on their feet from start to finish. Festival headliner and North Carolina native, Maceo Parker, began his professional career in 1964 with “The Godfather of Soul” James Brown.  Since then, Parker has created a platinum-worthy list of associated acts and collaborations which has cultivated a following of all ages. Parker, a Kinston, North Carolina-born funk and soul-jazz saxophonist, has a timeless sound and a groove inducing inventive style. He has distinguished himself through a wide array of projects as a saxophonist, singer, composer and band leader.  Other musicians on the roster include The Bria Skonberg Quintet, The Monitors, The Mint Julep Jazz Band and The First Flight High School Band.

The Bria Skonberg Quintet features award-winning trumpeter/vocalist/composer, Bria Skonberg, who hails from Canada, lives in New York City, and is laying down her jazz roots all over the world while leading a powerhouse quintet.  Skonberg began her professional career at the age of 16 and is now creating an adventurous style rooted in New Orleans jazz and blues, world percussion, soul and cabaret.  The Monitors, led by Bill Myers, is one of the groups featured on the African American Music Trail in North Carolina.  They have played with Otis Redding and Millie Jackson, and an early vocalist was Roberta Flack.  Drummer Sam Lathan and trumpet player Dick Knight played with James Brown early in Brown’s career.  The Monitors have been producing music for over 50 years, and in 2014 were honored with the North Carolina Heritage Award.  The Mint Julep Jazz Band based out of Durham, NC rounds out the main stage acts and brings their little big band lineup to recreate the hot jazz sounds of the 1920’s, 1930’s and early 1940’s.  Combining knowledge of and love for swing music they are an ideal band for swing dancers.  The First Flight High School Jazz Band will return to the Amphitheater Stage along with an interactive and educational program led by The Monitors in between main stage acts. 

The 9th Annual Duck Jazz Festival on Sunday, October 11, 2015 from 11:00 a.m. to dusk. This free, non-ticketed premier jazz event in Duck is designed to provide a unique entertainment opportunity for residents and visitors on the Outer Banks of North Carolina. With memorable performances lined-up throughout the day on two stages, along with additional jazz-related events scheduled in the Town of Duck leading up to Sunday, make plans to arrive early and stay until the last note blows as the sun sets.

Sponsorship opportunities are available. Contact Denise Walsh at dwalsh@townofduck.com for details or visit the online sponsor packet for additional details.
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