Duck Jazz Festival Artists Announced

Joyce Cooling, a San Francisco-based Jazz guitarist and vocalist, will headline the fourth annual Duck Jazz Festival on Sunday, October 10, 2010.

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

Adrian Crutchfield is mostly known for his neo-soul sound. His timbre creates music in a variety of genres including jazz, funk, Latin, and rock. Crutchfield, a saxophone aficionado who’s been playing since he was four years old, recently released his debut C.D., “Private Party,” that highlights his diverse musical interests and talents by featuring his sophisticated sax on jazz, neo-soul, and hip hop tracks.

Crutchfield has performed with many internationally known artists, including the 2009 Duck Jazz Festival’s Headliner Kim Waters.

Big Rick and The Bombers have been wowing audiences all over the country since 1994 with their unique style and approach to the classics. They have had the opportunity to perform at festivals across the United States, as well as private parties for various celebrities. This fun band has a diverse repertoire of songs, playing music from the past and present which includes a little something for the young and for the young at heart from jazz, R&B, soul, funk, and blues.

The Roy Muth Big Band, a swing jazz band, plays traditional big, band orchestra-style music. For the 2010 Duck Jazz Festival Outer Banks own, Laura Martier, will lend her elegant and classy vocals to the performance.

The fourth annual Duck Jazz Festival will be held at the Duck Town Park, 1200 Duck Road, from 11:00 a.m. to dusk. The event is free to the public, and has attracted nearly 5,000 visitors in years past. For more information on the festival and for sponsorship information, visit