Bria Skonberg as the Duck Jazz Festival.

After two days of great music at the Mustang Music Festival it seemed as though the Duck Jazz Festival on Sunday would be playing second fiddle to the Corolla show. But The 9th annual version of the oldest continual music festival on the Outer Banks played second fiddle to no one.

With sax great Maceo Parker headlining the days music, a virtual guarantee of a memorable day of sounds was on hand. Funky—and surprisingly funny—Parker is the consummate showman, understanding what the audience wants,  and knowing how to package it so everyone has fun.

Parker was the music director and sax player for James Brown for years and that influence was everywhere in his music—and it was music that had the Duck Jazz crowd up and dancing.

Parker wasn’t the only star performance of the day. Bria Skonberg, with her sweet yet sultry jazz voice and virtuoso trumpet performance was every bit as good as Parker.

What really made both performances standout were the musicians with the headliners on stage. 

It’s difficult to pick out any one musician who really stood out . . . but we’ll do it anyway.

With Skonberg—Evan Arntzen on sax and clarinet was fantastic. 

Bruno Speight, guitarist for the Maceo Parker Band, was playing on another dimension. His solo was otherworldly and showed a mastery of guitar that is truly rare.

Mark Columbus Day Weekend on your calendars for next year. It’s never too early to plan.