2022 Band Biographies
The originally planned 2020 Duck Jazz Festival took its theme from the 50th anniversary of Earth Day. We’ve kept the theme for 2022, bringing artists with jazz sounds from all over the world alongside North Carolina based groups.
“Think Globally, Act Locally” mirrored in a music festival. This year’s event will share Duck’s sustainable vision with all festival attendees.
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John Jorgenson Quintet
John Jorgenson Quintet creates a unique musical experience that equally enthralls the most discerning and the casual music fan. The ensemble was originally formed in 2004 for the release of “Franco-American Swing”.
The group’s style has been called “Gypsy Jazz” after the dynamic string-driven swing created by Django Reinhardt and Stephane Grappelli in 1930s Paris, but Jorgenson’s compositions draw in elements from Latin, Romanian, Classical, Rock and Greek music, so “21st Century World Music” is perhaps a more apt description.
The John Jorgenson Quintet is the only American act to ever headline the prestigious Django Reinhardt Memorial Festival in France, and has been featured at other “Djangofests” in the US, UK, Germany and Canada. For the films Gattica and Head in the Clouds Jorgenson was tapped to recreate Django’s music, and in the latter he even appeared onscreen as Django with stars Charlize Theron and Penelope Cruz.
Led by Greek-born composer, orchestrator, singer and accordionist Magda Giannikou, Banda Magda moves from samba to French chanson, from Greek folk tunes to Colombian cumbia and Afro-Peruvian lando. Drawing on the band’s global background (Greece, Argentina, Japan, Colombia, USA), the group combines South American rhythms with jazz improvisation, cinematic arranging, sophisticated audience participation, mid-century classics and world “chansons” sung in 6 languages.
Founded in 2010 in New York, Banda Magda has toured in more than 22 countries and 5 continents. This group of close musical friends turn Giannikou’s songs into engaging romps that have won them a spot with Carnegie Hall Musical Explorers Series, Snarky Puppy’s Family Dinner Vol.1 as well as performances at discerning venues and festivals such as WOMAD, Atlanta Jazz Festival, Vancouver Jazz Festival, L’Olympia, Jazz à Vienne, Canarias Jazz, Apollo Hammersmith, The Kennedy Center, Kathmandu Jazz Festival and many more.
Bassel & The Supernaturals
Deeply inspired by Otis Redding, Bassel uses the stage as a vehicle to engage audiences in over 100 different cities across North America. In addition to performing in major festivals, performance halls, concert series, and clubs – the group works closely with organizations on events and residencies that build awareness and empathy for Syrian refugees. A substantial portion of their proceeds benefit the Karam Foundation, a 501(c)3 organization focused on building a better future for Syria.
Their latest release, Elements (2017), was premiered by Noisey/Vice, and led to their involvement in the nationally-acclaimed SXSW 2017 showcase ‘ContraBanned: #MusicUnites’ featuring artists from the diaspora of countries targeted by the travel ban. They’ve since been featured on PRI, Al Jazeera, Reuters, Paste Magazine, Huffington Post, NowThis, and many others. The album draws inspiration from artists such as Snarky Puppy, Jamiroquai, and Steely Dan’s “Aja.”
La Fiesta Latin Jazz Quintet
La Fiesta Latin Jazz Quintet comprises players from North Carolina, one of whom is originally from the Dominican Republic. We perform throughout North Carolina in schools, clubs and at festivals. The group is led and directed by Gregg Gelb, who for over 30 years has taught and played jazz throughout the Triangle. Gelb was the recipient of the Raleigh Medal of Arts in 2018 and a NC Arts Council Jazz Fellowship, and is the Director of the National award winning Triangle Youth Jazz Ensemble.
The group includes Ramon Ortiz, a Latin Jazz percussionist who is a native of the Dominican Republic. Steve Anderson is a critically acclaimed composer and pianist whose music has been published on fourteen compact discs, four of which have appeared on the Grammy Awards ballots; Beverly Botsford, a cross-cultural percussionist and educator who has worked with Chuck Davis and the African American Dance Ensemble, Urban Bush Women, and the American Dance Festival; and our bassist is Andy Kleindienst, who is also a trombonist, educator and co-director for Orquesta GarDel.
U.S. Air Force Rhythm in Blue Jazz Ensemble
The United States Air Force Heritage of America Band is proud to present Rhythm in Blue, the unit’s dynamic new jazz ensemble. The sleek, 13-member group presents exciting and uplifting music to inspire patriotism and tell the Air Force story.
Made up of outstanding Air Force enlisted professional musicians, Rhythm in Blues takes great pride in preserving America’s uniquely original art form, recruiting a new generation of listeners and representing all Airmen.
From formal concerts in grand auditoriums to casual shows in the park, Rhythm in Blues is in constant demand traveling throughout the eastern United States, performing for diverse audiences from Maine to South Carolina.
The high level of talent showcased by each member of Rhythm in Blue enables the group to perform with unparalleled excitement and versatility. With its extensive repertoire highlighting instrumental and vocal soloists, Rhythm in Blue makes lasting connections with audiences of all ages.
Friday, October 7
Sunset Movie on the Green: SOUL
Saturday, October 8
4:00 – 6:00 PM La Fiesta Latin Jazz Quintet
Sunday, October 9
11:00 AM Bassel & The Supernaturals
1:10 PM John Jorgenson Quintet
3:25 PM Banda Magda
12:10 PM First Flight High School Honors Jazz Band
2:20 PM Eric Williams Quintet
4:30 PM Devin Frazier & THRIO