6th Annual Duck Jazz Festival a Great Success

The 6th Annual Duck Jazz Festival brought more than 6,000 people to the Town of Duck.  The Festival was held on Sunday, October 7, 2012 and brought together a wide range of musical talent for the Outer Banks and Duck community to enjoy.

6th Annual Duck Jazz Festival

The crowd went wild as the Grammy-nominated The Rippingtons featuring Russ Freeman took the stage.  Led by guitarist Russ Freeman, The Rippingtons, who are currently celebrating their 25th anniversary, gave the performance of a lifetime.  Their energy and stage presence had the audience on its feet, dancing and clapping along to the music from beginning to end.  The Rippingtons’ appearance at the Duck Jazz Festival couldn’t have come at a better time, their newest album “Built to Last” is already #4 on the Smoothjazz.com Top 50 and #10 on the Billboard Top 20 Smooth Jazz charts.

Singer, songwriter, and woodwind player Paula Atherton came to the Duck stage from New York City.  The audience was blown away by her talent as she switched from flute, to saxophone, to vocals.  It is no surprise that Atherton has been labeled a major power player on the contemporary and pop music scene.

The Fuzz Band from Hampton, Virginia, returned for their third Duck Jazz Festival appearance.  Prior to the Festival, The Fuzz Band performed at several local Duck businesses, giving the community are preview of the Festival.  During their stay, they also sat in with the First Flight Jazz Band, giving them tips on how to become successful, professional musicians.  Two students were honored with the opportunity to perform a song with The Fuzz Band on stage during the Festival.  The band had the crowd dancing on the Duck Town Green to their funky blend of soul, jazz, hip-hop, and rock selections.

Emme St. James & Her Jazz Gentlemen delivered an unforgettable performance as they graced the stage for their first-ever Duck Jazz Festival appearance.  As the opening act, St. James set the bar high for the following acts.  Her soulful voice and sophisticated atmosphere wowed the audience as she sang songs off her own albums as well as hits by other well-known jazz artists.

During the Festival, three of Duck’s local restaurants served as food vendors for the event.  Aqua Restaurant, Dockside ‘N Duck Seafood Market, and Sooey’s BBQ & Rib Shack were located at the picnic shelter serving delicious food and beverages to concert goers.  The mouthwatering menus included sushi, fish tacos, crab dip, barbeque, desserts, and even fresh squeezed lemonade and limeade.

The Festival may have been the main event, but the celebration started early this year.  Businesses throughout Duck joined together to kick off the 6th Annual Duck Jazz Festival by hosting a variety of events throughout the week prior to the Festival.  Visitors and residents of Duck enjoyed holiday open houses, shrimp and oyster roasts, wine tastings, live entertainment, and more; all leading up to the Festival on Sunday, October 7, 2012 at the Duck Town Park.

This year’s Duck Jazz Festival was the most highly-supported ever by the community and area businesses.  The Town of Duck would like to thank all of the following sponsors:

The Baritone Sponsor for the Jazz Festival: Outer Banks Visitors Bureau – outerbanks.org.

The Tenor Sponsors: Carolina Designs Realty, Inc.; The Sanderling Resort & Spa; Scarborough Faire Shopping Village; Sun Realty; Village Realty; and The Waterfront Shops.

The Alto Sponsors: Access Design & North Beach SunAtlantic Realty; BB&T; Beach Realty & Construction/Kitty Hawk Rentals; Brindley Beach Vacations & Sales; The Coast; Corolla Classic Vacations; The Cottage Shop and Kellogg Supply Company; Dockside ‘N Duck Seafood Market; Dominion North Carolina Power; Duck Community and Business Alliance; Homes & Land of the Outer Banks; Ocean Atlantic Rentals; PNC Bank; Resort Realty Vacation Rentals & Sales; The Roadside Bar and Grill; SAGA Construction; Seaside Vacations and Coldwell Banker Seaside RealtySouthern Shores Realty; Steve Alterman Photography; super WINGS; and Vanasse Hangen Brustlin, Inc.

The Town would also like to extend a very special thank you to Mayor Don Kingston and Mrs. Phyllis Drewyer for their gracious donations in support of the educational portion of the Festival.  It is a great honor to be able to give back to the community and to support our local school system.

There is a limited supply of Duck Jazz Festival merchandise available including long and short sleeve t-shirts in black in white, women’s style t-shirts in black, posters, rubber ducks, and koozies.  To view all of the items available for purchase, visit our online gallery, Duck Jazz Festival or Town of Duck on Facebook, Town of Duck on Pinterest, or stop by the Duck Town Office during business hours at 1200 Duck Road.  The Town accepts cash, checks, and credit cards with appropriate identification.  For more information, or for product availability,  call the Town at (252) 255-1234 or email info@townofduck.com

The 7th Annual Duck Jazz Festival is scheduled for Sunday, October 13, 2013.  Mark your calendars now and plan to attend this premier East Coast Jazz event!

For more information on the Duck Jazz Festival, click here.

 The Rippingtons featuring Russ Freeman


Paula Atherton


The Fuzz Band


Emme St. James & Her Jazz Gentlemen