Mint Julep Jazz Band and Artists

Mint Julep Jazz Band
Concert on the Green, Swing Lesson & Artists at Work
Duck Town Green
Saturday, October 7th
4:00 – 6:00 p.m.


The Duck Jazz Festival opens with live music on the Green from the Mint Julep Jazz Band who bring their vintage sound to us from Durham North Carolina. Enjoy this Concert on the Green with a twist which will include a mix of music, art and dance. We’ll have five local artists set-up to paint and create on the Green during the concert. In between sets you are invited to participate in a free East Coast Swing lesson led by Mint Julep Jazz Band’s own Laura Windley and Keenan McKenzie. This short lesson will introduce 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!
Five local artists will also be participating in the Saturday event, actively creating on the Duck Town Green.  Please see a description of each artist below.
Saturday’s special celebration of music, art and dance opens the Duck Jazz Festival and is a great opportunity to help us say Happy 50th Anniversary to the North Carolina Arts Council, who’s championed North Carolina arts for 50 years.  Learn about their dynamic work here.

  • Fred Vallade is a multi-media artist who will be painting using an array of mixed media material.  His art has the potential to speak volumes and presents a variety of features to attract his viewers.  His work features rich bold colors and a mix of non-objective and realistic intuitive imagery.
  • Angel Fritz is a visionary/fusion artist (acrylic on canvas) who lives on Hatteras Island.  She loves to bring illumination to her paintings with interference paints, metallics, metal leaf and Swarovski detailing.  From mandalas to mermaid goddesses and everything in between … transcending traditional realism tickles her fancy.
  • Gloria Coker is an acrylic painter using a vibrant world of color.  Has had several themes including musicians both classical and jazz.  Her work was used for several years by the Virginia Symphony.  Having been a courtroom artist she is familiar with drawing “on the spot”.
  • Susan Van Gieson works in watercolor and oils focusing mostly on nature. Sometimes she includes fantasy with natural scenes.  Presently Van Gieson is fascinated with waves.  She has a Master’s in Art Therapy and has worked over 20 years in mental health.  She feels that has helped her incorporate a spiritual aspect to her work.
  • Eric Brockmyre is painting with acrylic and phosphorescent paint and will be creating an artwork about cancer, which he will be donating to help charities earn money for their cause.  Everyone has been touched by cancer.  The artist notes that there are people in your community who may not know they have cancer. Please get checked.