An afternoon of jazz on a beautiful fall day brought nearly 6,000 concert goers to the Duck Town Green for the Fourth Annual Duck Jazz Festival. This year’s festival was held on Sunday, October 10, 2010. It featured San Francisco-based guitarist and vocalist Joyce Cooling and guest co-host Gerald Veasley, an internationally-renowned jazz bassist from Philadelphia. Pennsylvania. As an extra special treat for festival attendees, Veasley joined Cooling on the Duck Town Park Gazebo Stage for a number of selections to end the show.
Cooling wowed the audience with her eclectic style and colorful body-moving sound, even adding a bit of Brazilian influence to her set. This funky, soulful, and always original jazz musician 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; and has garnered multiple music awards.
Veasley, was the 2008 Duck Jazz Festival Headliner, and returned to Duck as this year’s guest co-host. Veasley has eight CD’s to his credit; has performed with many jazz legends; and has been called “instantly infectious and stylistically versatile” by Jazziz Magazine. He also was voted “Best Electric Bassist” by Jazziz Magazine and recognized in both Downbeat Magazine’s Critics’ and Readers’ Polls.
Veasley also gave a master class to the First Flight and Manteo High School Jazz Band student; and appeared and performed at various pre-festival events around Duck, including at The Blue Point, Roadside Bar & Grill, and Coastal Cantina.
Other performers at this year’s Duck Jazz Festival were Adrian Crutchfield, from Charlotte, North Carolina; Big Rick and The Bombers, from Raleigh, North Carolina; and The Roy Muth Big Band with Laura Martier from Norfolk, Virginia.
The Fifth Annual Duck Jazz Festival is scheduled for Sunday, October 9, 2011. Mark your calendars now and plan to attend this premier East Coast event!