2017 Duck Jazz Festival presented by PNC Celebrates the Arts October 6-8

New events contribute to the celebration of arts in North Carolina


Duck, NC – The Duck Jazz Festival presented by PNC returns to the Outer Banks on Columbus Day weekend, October 6-8. This year’s festival adds new events helping the Town of Duck celebrate the NC Arts Council’s 50th Anniversary.

Events begin on the Green on Friday, October 6th at approximately 6:45 p.m. with Children @ Play showing The Muppet Movie which features a soundtrack scored by Paul Williams and jazz pianist Kenny Ascher.

This year’s festival adds a new event in the Duck Town Park, a Concert on the Green on Saturday, October 7, from 4:00 – 6:00 p.m. featuring The Mint Julep Jazz Band (MJJB) with their little big band lineup of 4 horns, rhythm section, and vocalist. The MJJB, based out of Durham, North Carolina, recreates the hot jazz sounds of the 1920′s, 1930′s, and early 1940’s through arrangements based on original recordings from the jazz age and swing era and original tunes inspired by that time. Trombonist Lucian Cobb and vocalist/swing DJ Laura Windley lead the group and have put their collective knowledge and love of swing music together to create an ideal dance band for swing dancers. Enjoy this concert on the green with a twist. In between sets you are invited to participate in a free East Coast Swing lesson which will introduce you to a few basics so you’ll be ready to dance the night away and swing through a full day of jazz on the Duck Town Green on Sunday!

Saturday’s festivities will also feature five local artists who will work at easels on either side of the stage and create works of art during the event. Artists include Fred Vallade, Susan Van Gieson, Angel Fritz, Gloria Coker and Eric Brockmyre. The North Carolina Arts Council has worked to bring the arts to all 100 counties since 1967. The Town of Duck is grateful for their support and leadership, and we invite you to join us in celebration by visiting their 50th Anniversary website: https://www.ncarts50.org/.

Festival artists appearing on Sunday include a variety of educators and musicians bringing different sounds of jazz to Duck. Robert Jospé has served as a member of the University of Virginia’s music department faculty since 1989. Jospé will bring his Express – Trio to the Duck Jazz Festival main stage, and will perform an interactive program titled Journey of the Clave from Africa to the Americas on the Amphitheater stage.

The Rad Trads are based in New York City and have quickly gained the reputation as of one of the city’s most entertaining live acts. Featuring three powerful horns, a driving rhythm section and three captivating lead vocalists, this group brings music with influences ranging from early jazz to New Orleans brass band, R&B, the Chicago and delta blues, and rock & roll. The Rad Trads will also stay in town on Monday to lead a jazz workshop for area Dare County high school and middle school jazz and chorus students.

Trumpeter and composer Marquis Hill, who won the Thelonious Monk International Jazz Trumpet Competition in 2014, will be performing with the Marquis Hill Blacktet which is self-described as presenting Hill’s own “late-modern spin on Jazz standards, capturing the essence of this rich oral tradition.” Catch Marquis Hill the night before the festival giving a quick sample of his chops at the Blue Point during an interactive jam session along with festival musicians and Joe Mapp & The Coordinates.

Davina Sowers, vocalist, pianist and composer, will be joined by The Vagabonds to finish the day on the main stage bringing a high-energy performance filled with New Orleans charm and Memphis soul swagger. This quintet is said to “bring edgy nostalgia to older generations and fresh new music to younger ears.”

The lineup for the Duck Jazz Festival, along with links to information, may be found online at duckjazz.com. Duck Businesses hosting events that weekend is included at duckjazz.com on the “Events Around Town” page. The festival is also seeking volunteers to assist throughout the weekend. Click here to learn more about volunteering and to signup.

The Duck Jazz Festival is presented by PNC and receives support from many generous community sponsors. The project was also supported by the N.C. Arts Council, a division of the Department of Natural & Cultural Resources, with funding from the National Endowment for the Arts.

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For 50 years, the North Carolina Arts Council, has built on our state’s longstanding love of the arts. The Arts Council been guided by the belief that the arts uplift individuals, transform our communities and enhance the reputation of our state. As an economic catalyst, it has fueled a thriving nonprofit creative sector that generates $2.12 billion in annual direct economic activity. It’s also been a cultural pathfinder, sustaining diverse arts expression and traditions and investing in new innovative approaches to art-making. And it has proven to be a champion for youth by cultivating tomorrow’s creative citizens through arts education. As the North Carolina Arts Council looks forward to the next 50 years, it continues to be guided by a single, overarching goal, one that has been there from the beginning: “Arts for all citizens.”

For more information on the Duck Jazz Festival and related events, visit www.duckjazz.com.