The Duck Jazz Festival Presented by PNC returns to Duck on Columbus Day weekend in 2017. Start the weekend with a new event featuring Frank Vignola on the Green with a Concert on the Green style event, Saturday, October 7, 2017 from 4 – 6 p.m. Return to the park on Sunday, October 8, 2017, to enjoy a full day of music during this free, non-ticketed 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. and food and soft drinks available for purchase, Chairs will be available for rent on-site. The festival will take place rain or shine. Attendees are invited to bring food, coolers, chairs, blankets and well-behaved dogs.
Enjoy jazz-related events leading up to the main event with activities like a movie on the Green, live music and special activities taking place listed as events around town at local Duck businesses. For event updates, follow Duck Jazz Festival on Facebook and Twitter, and use #duckjazz on your posts and pictures.
Friday, October 6, 2017
Movie on the Green
With community partner, Children @ Play, The Town of Duck will host an outdoor movie for the community on Friday, October 6 at dusk. This year’s film, The Muppet Movie, features a soundtrack written by Paul Williams and jazz pianist Kenny Ascher. Bring your blankets, chairs, and coolers for this family friendly free event. Popcorn and concessions will be available for purchase from Children @ Play at the event.
Saturday, October 7, 2017
Mint Julep Jazz Band
Concert on the Green and Swing Lesson
4:00 – 6:00 p.m.
The Duck Jazz Festival opens with live music on the Green from the Mint Julep Jazz Band which brings their vintage sound to us from Durham North Carolina. Enjoy this concert on the green with a twist as in between sets you are invited to participate in a free East Coast Swing lesson led by Mint Julep Jazz Band’s own Laura Windley and Keenan McKenzie. This short lesson will introduce a few basics so you’ll be ready to dance the night away and swing through a full day of jazz on the Duck Town Green on Sunday!
Live Jam at the Blue Point
Approximately 7:30 p.m.
Enjoy live jazz along the sound, and catch festival musicians participating in an informal live jam at the Blue Point. Contact the restaurant directly for reservations and additional information.
Sunday, October 8, 2017
On Sunday, October 8, 2017, enjoy a free, non-ticketed, day-long festival showcasing national, regional and local jazz musicians on two stages. Learn more about this year’s musicians by reading their band bios.
Gates open at 10:00 a.m., with live music starting at 11:00 a.m. Food and soft drinks will be available on-site for purchase. Chairs will be available to rent. The festival will take place rain or shine. Attendees are invited to bring food, coolers, chairs, blankets, and well-behaved dogs.
10:00 a.m. Gates Open
11:00 AM Robert Jospé Express Trio
1:00 PM The Rad Trads
3:00 PM Marquis Hill Blacktet
5:15 PM Davina & The Vagabonds
2:00 PM “The Journey of the Clave from Africa to the Americas” by Robert Jospé Express Trio
4:30 PM First Flight High School Jazz Band
Monday, October 9, 2017
Duck Jazz Festival Workshop
Held primarily for Dare County High School and Middle School jazz band and chorus students, the workshop will take place at First Flight High School Auditorium and will be led by The Rad Trads.
Jazz-Themed Events throughout Duck Village
Area Duck Businesses participate with jazz-related live music events and promotions surrounding the Jazz Festival. Learn more about scheduled events by visiting the Events Around Town page closer to October.
Due to personal reasons Frank Vignola has unfortunately had to cancel his performance at the Duck Jazz Festival.