6th Annual Duck Jazz Festival Line Up and Schedule

The Sixth Annual Duck Jazz Festival is on Sunday, October 7, 2012. The event will be held at the Duck Town Park, 1200 Duck Road, Duck, North Carolina.  This free, all-day event is open to the public and will begin at 11:00 a.m., with gates set to open at 10:00 a.m. Picnics, beverages, chairs, or blankets are encouraged.  No beach umbrellas or tents are permitted at the event.  Food and drinks will be available to purchase from various Town eateries and chairs to rent.

The Duck Jazz Festival is a cultural event which brings in nearly 7,000 people to Duck over Columbus Day weekend.  Each year, the Town brings national, regional, and local jazz artists to Duck for this premier jazz event.  Many pre-festival events take place leading up to the day of the Jazz Festival.  These activities include Festival performers conducting a master jazz class for local high school students, as well as appearing and performing at local Duck venues.

The current schedule of performances is as follows:

11:00 a.m.      Emme St. James & Her Jazz Gentlemen

12:15 p.m.      The Fuzz Band

2:15 p.m.        Paula Atherton

4:15 p.m.        The Rippingtons featuring Russ Freeman

Please be advised that the schedule and featured performers are subject to change due to weather conditions and performer availability.  For the most up-to-date information, please visit our website at duckjazz.com.

About the performers:

The Rippingtons featuring Russ Freeman – The Rippingtons have been entertaining audiences all over the world for more than 25 years.  Since forming in 1986, The Rippingtons, led by guitarist and band leader Russ Freeman, have created a wide fan base of all ages. Several of their albums and songs have been named after exotic places, inspired by their travels.  These include, “Tourist in Paradise”, “Weekend in Monaco”, and “Live Across America”. A number of their works have appeared on the Billboard Charts’ Top Jazz Albums and Top Jazz Songs.  The Rippingtons’ music has also been played on The Weather Channel’s “Local on the 8’s” forecast segments.

The Rippingtons have travelled across the globe, spreading their music world-wide. They have performed at venues and festivals throughout the United States, South America, Europe, and Asia.  With already a quarter century under their belt, the Rippingtons show no signs of slowing down. Their newest album, “Built to Last”, will be released in August and their fall 2012 tour begins in September, with the Duck Jazz Festival being a stop along the way.


Paula Atherton – Singer, songwriter, and woodwind player Paula Atherton has emerged as a major player on the contemporary jazz and pop music scene.  Her 2009 album, “Groove with Me” is a sensational collection featuring 11 of Atherton’s original compositions plus one well-chosen cover, with the perfect blend of instrumental and vocal cuts.  A number of artists appear on her album; Duck Jazz Veteran Chieli Minucci is featured on guitar on the track “Block Party”.  Her recently released album, “Enjoy the Ride”, promises to be one of her best works yet.  Atherton has opened for many well-known jazz artists such as Chuck Loeb and Patti Austin, and has appeared on several television programs including the “Today” show and “Good Morning America”.  Atherton has performed at venues and festivals throughout the world, including Japan, Monte Carlo, Portugal, Canada, and the United States.

Paula Atherton

The Fuzz Band – The Fuzz Band, from Hampton, Virginia, comes to our stage for their third Duck Jazz Festival performance. The Fuzz Band is an eight-piece band which fuses soul, jazz, classical music, hip-hop, and rock. Comprised of classically-trained instrumentalists, as well as accomplished jazz musicians, The Fuzz Band was named the Best New Contemporary Jazz Band in 2005 at The Capital Music Festival. Their albums “Collision”, “Without Boundaries”, and “Change” showcase their exceptional talent and range.  The Fuzz Band has performed with Grammy award-winning artists such as Alicia Keys, Outkast, and Lauryn Hill.  They have been on three USO tours to perform for the troops overseas in several countries including Iraq, Afghanistan, Turkey, Portugal, and Kuwait.

The Fuzz Band

Emme St. James & Her Jazz Gentlemen – Emme St. James, from Richmond, Virginia, is best known for her unique jazz styling and memorable stage presence.  St. James combines her classical training with the influences of Doris Day and Peggy Lee.  She has performed from New Orleans to New England, including at The Martha Washington Hotel, The Jefferson Hotel, and Keswick Hall in Virginia.  She, along with her Gentlemen, have recently debuted their “Sultry and Swingin’ Cabaret Show” at John’s Island Club in Vero Beach, Florida, which features music inspired by the ‘30s, ‘40s, and ‘50s.  With her soulful voice and sophisticated atmosphere, St. James is sure to deliver an unforgettable performance.

Emme St. James & Her Jazz Gentlemen

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