An afternoon of jazz on a beautiful fall day brought over 6,000 concert goers to the Duck Town Green for the Fifth Annual Duck Jazz Festival. This year’s festival was held on Sunday, October 9, 2011 and brought together a wide range of musical talent for the Outer Banks community to enjoy.
Headliner Tizer featuring Chieli Minucci and Karen Briggs wowed the audience with their new generation jazz sound. Keyboardist Lao Tizer hails from Los Angeles, California and is a “Best New Jazz Artist” nominee. Guitarist Chieli Minucci, best known as leader of Special EFX, is a three-time daytime Emmy Award winner. And Karen Briggs, who has performed with Yanni and Dianna Ross, left the crowd simply speechless with her breathtaking electric violin performance. This combined jazz super group brought a dynamic sound to the Duck Jazz Festival stage.
Other Jazz Festival artists included Adrian Crutchfield, from Charlotte, North Carolina. Crutchfield was also the co-host of the show. Crutchfield visited several Duck venues prior to the event to help promote the Festival. During his stay, Crutchfield also sat in with First Flight and Manteo High School Jazz band students, giving them tips on how to be a successful jazz performer and professional musician. He then surprised them by inviting them on stage at the Festival to jam with the band. The crowd was out of its seats during Crutchfield’s set dancing to his soulful, jazzy, and funky sound.
Kirsten Thien was the Festival’s first performer and kicked off the day with her insightful and sensual songs that have earned her regular radio chart positions, along with international press and radio airplay. Comparisons abound, from Keb’ Mo’ to Sheryl Crow, but Thien has carved out her own unique Contemporary Blues sound. Her soulful voice and high energy set the tone for the rest of the Festival on this beautiful fall day.
The afternoon ended with The Soul Rebels Brass Band and these guys had the crowd on its feet from beginning to end dancing to their funky, New Orleans jazz sound! Imagine blending the sounds of Mardi Gras funk, soft rock, and reggae so seamlessly it defies category. Now shrink that idea into a eight-piece ensemble, add a hip hop sensibility plus a hundred years of New Orleans jazz tradition, and you get the Louisiana sound known as the Soul Rebels.
The 2011 Duck Jazz Festival was the mostly highly-supported ever by the Duck business community. The Town of Duck wishes to thank the following sponsors:
Alto Level Sponsors were:
Atlantic Realty; BB&T, Beach Realty & Construction/Kitty Hawk Rentals; Corolla Classic Vacations; The Cottage Shop and Kellogg Supply Company; Dominion North Carolina Power; Duck Community and Business Alliance; Jazziz Magazine; Ocean Atlantic Rentals; RBC Centura Bank; Seaside Vacations and Coldwell Banker Seaside Realty; Southern Shores Realty; Steve Alterman Photography; super WINGS and The Waterfront Shops.
There is still a limited supply of 2011 Duck Jazz Festival merchandise available including t-shirts (long and short sleeve), rubber ducks, posters, and magnets. Visit townofduck.com to view the merchandise, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org for details, or stop by the Town of Duck Office, 1240 Duck Road, Suite 106 in the Waterfront Shops to view in person. All merchandise can be shipped for an extra minimal shipping and handling fee.
The Sixth Annual Duck Jazz Festival is scheduled for Sunday, October 7, 2012. Mark your calendars now and plan to attend this premier East Coast event!
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