2015 Duck Jazz Festival Recap

Thanks for a great 9th Annual Duck Jazz Festival in 2015!

Festival recap:

Presented by
PNC Bank

Sunday, October 11, 2015

The 9th Duck Jazz Festival presented by PNC returns to Duck on Columbus Day weekend in 2015. On Sunday, October 11, 2015, enjoy the free, non-ticketed, day-long festival showcasing national, regional and local jazz musicians on two stages. Gates open at 10:00 a.m. with live music starting at 11:00 a.m. This premier jazz event is designed to provide a unique entertainment opportunity for residents and visitors on the Outer Banks of North Carolina, and to encourage people to stay in the area and support local businesses. Businesses throughout Duck participate by offering jazz-themed events leading up to the festival. The festival will take place rain or shine. Attendees are invited to bring food, coolers, chairs, blankets and pets.

On Friday, October 9, the Town of Duck will host free Yoga on the Green with Village Yoga at 9:00 a.m., and later that evening with Children @ Play, a Movie on the Green at 6:00 p.m. showing Disney’s The Princess and the Frog.

Schedule of Perfomances

11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. : The Monitors, Main Stage

12:00 p.m. – 12:30 p.m. : Joe Mapp and The Coordinates, Amphitheater Stage

12:30 p.m. – 1:30 p.m. : Mint Julep Jazz Band, Main Stage

1:30 p.m. – 2:15 p.m. : “From Spirituals to Swing” led by The Monitors, Amphitheater Stage

2:15 p.m. – 3:45 p.m. : The Bria Skonberg Quintet, Main Stage

3:45 p.m. – 4:30 p.m. : First Flight High School Jazz Band, Amphitheater Stage

4:30 p.m. – 6:00 p.m. : Maceo Parker, Main Stage

This Year’s Performers

Maceo Parker


Since he began his professional career in 1964 with “The Godfather of Soul” James Brown, Maceo Parker has created a platinum-worthy list of associated acts and collaborations which has cultivated a following of all ages. Parker, a Kinston, North Carolina-born funk and soul-jazz saxophonist, has a timeless sound and a groove inducing inventive style. He has distinguished himself through a wide array of projects as a saxophonist, singer, composer and band leader. Parker’s music is a major source of inspiration, and he is one of the most sampled musicians in the world. He has been as close as it gets to some of the most exciting moments in musical history, delivering his sound as a constant point of reference. Whether he’s been alongside James Brown, George Clinton, Ani DiFranco, De La Soul, Prince, or Dave Matthews Band, Parker has shown boundless energy and passion for playing his horn.
Maceo Parker’s band is made up of 8 musicians, including Parker.

The Bria Skonberg Quintet

Bria Skonberg

Award winning trumpeter/vocalist/composer, Bria Skonberg, hails from Canada, lives in New York City, and is laying down her jazz roots all over the world while leading a powerhouse quintet. Skonberg began her professional career at the age of 16, and has since performed as a bandleader and guest artist at over 50 jazz festivals in North America, Europe, China and Japan. Best known for her knowledge of classic jazz and instigative nature, she is now creating an adventurous style rooted in New Orleans jazz and blues, world percussion, soul and cabaret. In addition to two album releases, touring the world, headlining major clubs and festivals, she also facilitates music education workshops for all ages. You can’t argue why the Wall Street Journal said Bria is “poised to be one of the most versatile and imposing musicians of her generation.” Bria has assembled a group of unique individuals for the quintet collaboration, surely to excite all festival-goers.
The Bria Skonberg Quintet is made up of Evan Arntzen (clarinet/saxophone), Sean Cronin (bassist), Dalton Ridenhour (pianist), and Darrian Douglas (drums).

Mint Julep Jazz Band

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With their little big band lineup of 4 horns, rhythm section, and vocalist, the Mint Julep Jazz Band recreates the hot jazz sounds of the 1920′s, 1930′s, and early 1940’s through arrangements based on original recordings from the jazz age and swing era. The Mint Julep Jazz Band is based out of Durham, NC and is led by trombonist Lucian Cobb and vocalist/swing DJ Laura Windley, who have put their collective knowledge and love of swing music together to create an ideal dance band for swing dancers.
Mint Julep Jazz Band is an 8 piece band made up of Paul Rogers/Jim Ketch (trumpet), Keenan McKenzie (tenor saxophone/clarinet/soprano saxophone), Aaron Hill (alto saxophone/clarinet), Aaron Tucker (drums), Jason Foureman (bass), Ben Lassiter (guitar), Lucian Cobb (trombone), and Laura Windley (vocals).

The Monitors

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For over 50 years The Monitors have been producing music for a variety of occasions and provide a wealth of experience that creates an outstanding musical ensemble. Whether playing festivals or as the back-up band for artists like Otis Redding, or Millie Jackson, or opening a concert for Ray Charles and Roberta Flack, the band keeps audiences entranced with their veteran style jazz. Band leader, Bill Myers, was recently honored with the 2014 North Carolina Heritage Award.
The Monitors is made up of Robert “Dick” Knight (trumpet/alto saxophone/vocals), Gerald “Bishop” Hunter (guitar/vocals), Elvis Townsend (conga), Donald Tuckson (alto saxophone/vocals), Dale Bryce (bass), Sam Latham (drums/vocals), Mollie Hunter (vocals), Stephen Pender (pianist), Clark Mills, Jr. (pianist/vocals), and Bill Myers (pianist/saxophone/flute/vocals).

Joe Mapp and The Coordinates


Joe Mapp is a local Outer Banks jazz guitarist. Mapp is known for his hand in cultivating the local music scene, and teacher to many area musicians. He will be playing the Amphitheater Stage with his band, The Coordinates, featuring keys, drums and bass.

First Flight High School Honors Jazz Band


First Flight High School Honors Jazz Band is made up of approximately 20 student performers. FFHS Jazz Band is directed by Bob Ebert.

2015 Jazz Festival Sponsors

Presenting Sponsor

PNC Bank

Whole Note Sponsors

Outer Banks Visitors Bureau
Outer Banks This Week

Half Note Sponsors

102.5 the shark
The Coast
Duck and Corolla Guide
north beach sun

Quarter Note Sponsors

Beach 104 / 99.1 The Sound
Carolina Designs Realty
Duck Community & Business Alliance
Hilton Garden Inn – Outer Banks/Kitty Hawk
Red Sky Café
SAGA Construction & Development
Sanderling Resort
Scarborough Faire Shopping Village
Shoshin Technologies
Super Wings
The Blue Point
The Waterfront Shops
WHRO Public Media

Grace Note Sponsors

Mile Post
This project is supported by the N.C. Arts Council, a Division of the Department of Cultural Resources.