Art of Cool Festival 2018

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Weekend Guide August 10th 2017

Summer may be winding down, but that doesn’t mean the music has to end. Last week we went on a trip to the birthplace of Jazz right here in the heart of Durham! Over 2,000 people were in attendance as we co-presented New Orleans own Rebirth Brass Band with our neighbors in Durham Central Park! There were people of all ages and backgrounds singing and dancing together for the love of music…what a beautiful sight! We love bringing you great entertainment and there’s more where that came from. We appreciate your support of the movement and ask that you continue to share with your family and friends.

Yours in music,

Team Art of Cool



Aug 15- 3rd Tuesday Jazz Night at The Durham Hotel cosponsored by Duke Performances

Auf 19- Vibez A Networking Brunch Series with Black Wall Street

Aug 19-  Fundraiser & All-Star Jazz Jam for stArt of Cool Jazz Education

Aug 19- Art of Cool & Sol Kitchen Present 90’s vs 00’s: Leo Season Finale

Aug 25- Art of Cool & Sol Kitchen Present PJ Morton at Motorco

Oct 17-26- “MONK @100”: A Century of Genius presented by Duke Performances


This month makes one year that we’ve partnered with our neighbors at The Durham Hotel! This month, we’re excited to present a special installation of Jazz Night in collaboration with Duke Performances!


Meet us on the rooftop as AOC-approved local and visiting musicians provide the soundtrack for drinks, snacks, and 360-degree views of downtown. This month, not only will you enjoy a night of great dinner with jazz but guests will also be able to learn more about the upcoming “Monk @ 100” celebration.  Joining us Tuesday, Aug 15th will be none other than Durham’s own ZooCrü.


Don’t forget, now added to the hotel menu is the “The Lovestrong” cocktail. Named in honor of AOC co-founder Al Strong, this refreshing drink was originally introduced to help fundraise for stArt of Cool Jazz Camp.  All summer long, The Durham hotel will donate $2 per drink sold to go towards the Start of Cool Jazz Camp!


Every 3rd Tuesday, 6-9pm. No Cover.  Reservations for 6 or more can be made at 919-768-8831.


Get to Know ZooCrü


Art of Cool and Black Wall Street team up for Vibez, a brunch series in the restaurant that’s part networking and business development, part dance party. Reserve your table for brunch in the restaurant 10am-noon & start the party with punch bowls, Durham bloody marys, mimosas, and Counter Culture Coffee from the bar. Order brunch items like hangtown fry, pecan french toast, and grass-fed steak & eggs while DJ Mic Check spins 90s Hip-Hop and R&B. At noon, the roof will open for cocktails, mingling, snacks, and sounds from DJ Forge!


Powered by The Greater Durham Chamber of Commerce is our office hours event! Business leaders will be available for one on one advice, networking and appointments. We’ll provide office areas throughout The Durham for those one on one sessions.

***Update: Reservations for brunch are full but fell free to stop in the restaurant or the roof to network and have a drink.***

Have you heard the news? StArt of Cool Jazz Camp has expanded to Raleigh! Our first Raleigh camp is coming up very soon and we need your help!

We are in the final push to raise funds to ensure students have a successful camp experience! If you support Jazz Education, please consider giving. 

 As a perk, your gift of $50 or more grants access to an exclusive All-Star Jam Session, Saturday Aug 19th at Watts and Ward 6-8 pm.

 Thanks in advance for your support!

Donate to StArt of Cool 


Calling all Leos, 90’s babies, and lovers of the golden era of Hip Hop and R&B.  Saturday, August 19th we’re invading Raleigh’s Lincoln Theatre with the ultimate battle of the decades.  


It’s the Leo Season Finale with DJ Skillz and DJ Shakim. Tickets on sale now! Act quickly as we have a limited number of $10 tickets available. Prices will increase day of event. VIP tickets include separate bar, priority entry, and food (while it lasts).


Leo Season Finale Tickets link


Friday, August 25th Art of Cool is excited to present the incredibly talented PJ Morton! Presented in collaboration with Sol Kitchen, PJ Morton returns to Durham for the 1st time since his 2016 #AOCFEST appearance.


Singer, songwriter, producer, & multi-instrumentalist Morton is a Grammy and Dove Award winning artist from New Orleans. Known by many as the keyboardist for Maroon 5, Morton has built an unbelievable career.


He has worked with various artists ranging from BJ the Chicago Kid and India Arie to Jazmine Sullivan, Lil Wayne, and Solange. Morton brings the tour for his latest release Gumbo to Motorco Music Hall for one night of earth shattering soul.  In addition, none other than the talented and beautiful soul singer Ash will provide opening support for the show.


Tickets are on sale now $15 adv/$20 day of show.


Hear from PJ Morton    Meet ASH


Purchase PJ Morton Tickets Here


Duke Performances Presents MONK@100: A Century of Genius


A comprehensive celebration to commemorate the centenary of Jazz icon and North Carolina native Thelonious Monk.


Beginning Tuesday, October 17th through Thursday, October 26th  25 of the finest musicians in Jazz will be presented over 10 days in downtown Durham at the Durham Fruit & Produce Company.


In addition to its extensive musical offerings, this celebration of Monk’s music — the most visible of its kind in the world — will bring to Duke and Durham a variety of free public events including conversations, jam sessions, film screenings, and all-day vinyl listening stations spanning Monk’s entire catalogue.


Learn More About MONK@100

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