2024 Duck Jazz Festival Lineup + Band Biographies

The theme for this year’s Duck Jazz Festival is to celebrate the colorful livelihood of Jazz music and celebrate the fellowship it creates amongst people who enjoy live music.

Thursday, October 10

Town Green

6:00 PM Elizabeth City State University Choir

Friday, October 11

Town Green

10:00 AM Children’s Story Time and Rhythm Play with Ascencion Music Academy

6:50 PM Movie on the Green: Back to the Future

Saturday, October 12

Town Green

4:00 PM Community Concert on the Green

7:30 PM Live Jam at The Blue Point

Sunday, October 13

10:00 AM Gates Open

11:00 AM Music Starts

Main Stage

11:00 AM The Jae Sinnett Quintet ft. Randy Brecker and Ada Rovatti

1:00 PM Jazzmeia Horn

3:25 PM The Lao Tizer Band

5:25 PM Antonia Bennett

Amphitheatre Stage

12:10 PM First Flight High School Honors Jazz Band

2:20 PM The Joe Baione Vibraphone Experience

4:30 PM Empire Strikes Brass

the Jae Sinnett Quintet

Sunday, October 13th: 11:00 AM – Main Stage

Jae Sinnett is an iconic jazz drummer, composer, educator, and radio host of a jazz segment of WHRO public radio. Sinnett holds a resume of performances with jazz legends such as Branford and Ellis Marsalis, Joe Henderson, Chuck Mangione, Charlie Byrd, Arthur Blythe, and many more. Jazz trumpeter Randy Brecker and Ada Rovatti will be joining The Jae Sinnett Quintet for the Duck Jazz Festival. 

Picture of Jazzmeia Horn with flower crown and blue sky and clouds

Jazzmeia Horn

Sunday, October 13th: 1:00 PM – Main Stage

Horn is a jazz vocalist compared to Nina Simone & Betty Carter, redefining jazz with her powerful voice and genre-bending style. A Thelonious Monk Competition winner and 3x Grammy nominee, she blends standards with contemporary flair, captivating audiences with improvisation and scatting. Her original compositions in albums like “Love & Liberation” showcase her songwriting prowess, solidifying her place as a leading voice in jazz’s evolution.

Picture of Joe Baione playing the drums

Joe Baione

Sunday, October 13th: 2:20 PM – Amphitheatre Stage

Joe Baione performed at the third annual Duck Jazz Festival and brings a rare element to the genre with vibraphone jazz paired with colorful, groovy jazz arrangements. 

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The Lao Tizer Band

Sunday, October 13th: 3:25 PM – Main Stage

Lao Tizer performed at the ninth annual Duck Jazz Festival. Tizer and his band hold some of the most notable accolades in the jazz world including Grammy winners, Grammy nominees, American Idol star, Voice star, and a three-time Emmy winner. Tizer brings a lively, soulful punch to the genre with rich melodies and reimagined classics that audiences enjoy.  

Empire Strikes Brass band group photo

Empire Strikes Brass

Sunday, October 13th: 4:30 PM – Amphitheatre Stage

This nine-piece powerhouse blends New Orleans-inspired brassy funk, rock, and jazz. Catchy covers and original compositions groove with the rhythm section’s thump, rich horn arrangements, and powerful vocals. The group includes a diverse lineup of musicians including Grammy Award-winning artist Debrissa McKinney (Secret Agent 23 Skidoo), keyboardist/producer Lenny Pettinelli, & guitarist Chris Porter. 

Antonia Bennett singing

Antonia Bennett

Sunday, October 13th: 5:25 PM – Main Stage

As Tony Bennett’s daughter, she is making a name for herself as a distinguished jazz vocalist with her unique style of classic and modern vocalizations. Often compared to Billie Holliday and Rickie Lee Jones, Bennett spent her life surrounded by jazz music and shared the stage with her father as well as Count Basie, Rosemary Clooney, and Frank Sinatra. Bennett began her career as a jazz vocalist alongside her father and continues to honor his legacy by embarking on her solo career.