Art of Cool Festival 2018

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Weekend Guide August 3rd 2017

Hello Jazz Friends!


It’s hard to believe that July has come and gone but as August arrives count on us to keep the fun going. Special thanks goes out to all who helped make the Eric Roberson concert in Durham an incredible sold-out event! What a beautiful experience from start to finish. As promised, we have more great shows lined up so be sure to join us in celebrating the final days of summer fun in the sun. Wondering what’s up next? Make sure you are following us on all our social media and tune in to the weekly entertainment guide to be the first to know what great music is on the horizon.  As always, we ask you to please continue to spread the word, grab tickets, and support the movement.

On a mission to expand the audience for Jazz,

Team Art of Cool




Aug 4- Durham Central Park FREE Summer Concert Series featuring Rebirth Brass Band

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

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” Centenary Celebration of Thelonious Monk presented by Duke Performances


The Durham Central Park (DCP) FREE Summer Concert Series is in full swing. Join us Friday, Aug 4th from 6-8 pm as Art of Cool partners with DCP to present the Grammy Award Winning Rebirth Brass Band!


Whether seen on HBO’s Treme or at their legendary Tuesday night gig at The Maple Leaf, Grammy-winning Rebirth Brass Band is a true New Orleans institution. Formed in 1983 by the Frazier brothers, the band has evolved from playing the streets of the French Quarter to playing festivals and stages all over the world. While committed to upholding the tradition of brass bands, they’ve also extended themselves into the realms of funk and hip-hop to create their own signature sound.


Bring a lawn chair/blanket and be ready for a great time as we celebrate the summer season and the diversity of our beautiful community right in the heart of downtown! Please note the show will go on rain or shine. Local food trucks and craft beer selections from: Pie Pushers, Porchetta, Oak City Fish and Chips, JAM Ice Cream, Bull City Brewery, and Fullsteam.


Hear from Rebirth Brass Band


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 The Durham Hotel and 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 Zoocru.


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 Zoocru


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 will commemorate the centenary of jazz icon and North Carolina native Thelonious Monk through “MONK@100,” a ten-day event at the Durham Fruit & Produce Company, a 15,000-square-foot warehouse space for the arts in downtown Durham, from Tuesday, October 17 through Thursday, October 26.


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.


On the afternoon of Friday, October 20, journalist, author, and former New York Times music critic Ben Ratliff will host a public conversation with participating artists Tyshawn Sorey, Jason Moran, and Ethan Iverson on Monk’s singular style and legacy. Throughout the week, Iverson and JD Allen will offer master classes at Duke and host a pair of free public jam sessions in downtown Durham, providing student and community musicians the chance to engage with contemporary masters around Monk’s music.

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