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PREVIEW: THE SECOND ANNUAL ART OF COOL MUSIC FESTIVAL LOOKS LIKE A SERIOUSLY HIP WAY TO SWING INTO THE SUMMER JAZZ FESTIVAL SEASON! by LARRY RENI THOMAS
(Published: February 13, 2015)


Chapel Hill, North Carolina---For years, some Triangle, North Carolina jazz fans have been complaining and saying that they were tired of traveling to Atlanta, Georgia, Newport, Rhode Island, Washington, D.C., Monterey, California, New York City, Montreal, Montreux and other places to attend a outdoor/indoor jazz festival. They kept saying that they sure wished that this area had a major jazz festival. Why can't we have a major jazz festivals' Aren't we big-time enough to have a jazz festival' What does it take to bring such a jazz festival to this area' Those were some of the questions and comments I heard from most jazz fans since I have been on the front line.

Well, now is the time, one more time, the second time around, as Charlie Parker so sweetly said. On April 24-26, 2015. during Jazz Appreciation Month (JAM), the second annual Art of Cool Music Festival is scheduled to happen in downtown Durham. The festival will be presented by The Art of Cool Project, a Durham, North Carolina-based, non-profit arts organization, founded in 2013, and directed by Dr. Cicely Mitchell and musician/educator Al Strong. The three day festival will include an outdoor stage, several music venues, and an exclusive VIP Sunday brunch. The stellar lineup of featured performers include: vibraphonist Roy Ayers, Marc Cary Trio, Kenny Garrett Quintet, Robert Glasper Trio, The Grecthen Parlato/Alan Hampton Duo, Snarky Puppy, Anthony Hamilton and vocalist Eve Cornelious.

Dr. Mitchell, Mr. Strong and their organization began their festival in 2014. This will be the second year of the highly-successful, fun-filled musical event. Last year was a two-day affair. The 2015 Art of Cool Music Festival's organizers have added another day, Sunday, April 26, which will include a VIP invitation only brunch with entertainment provided by vocalist Avery Sunshine.

Triangle North Carolina music fans are still talking about how much they enjoyed themselves last year. Most of us are ready like Freddy for what we know will be the perfect way to get ready for the spring and summer jazz festival season. From the looks of the fantastic lineup of artists and events, it looks like the organizers have come up with a first-class act, one that is world-class.

Support The Second Annual Art Of Cool Music Festival!
Why' In the end, it will be up to the area's many jazz fans to make the second one just as successful as the maiden voyage. It will be up to the jazz lovers to make it a major celebration of the best that North Carolina has to offer. Support it because it represents you and that wonderful, earthy, beautiful blessing-The Carolina Jazz Connection!

Below is the schedule:

Friday, April 24, 2015

6:15pm
Hypnotic Brass Ensemble-- Main Stage

8:00pm
Roy Ayers-- Main Stage
Mad Satta-- Motorco Music Hall

8:30pm Al Strong-- PSI Theatre @ Durham Arts Council

9:00pm
Carlitta Durand-- Durham Armory

9:45pm
Kris Bowers-- Motorco Music Hall

10:15pm
Moonchild--Pinhook
Eve Cornelious--PSI Theatre @ Durham Arts Counil

10:45pm
Jesse Boykins III-- Durham Armory

11:45pm
Kenny Garrett Quintet-- Motorco Music Hall

12:00am
Takuya Kuroda-- Pinhook

12:30am
Robert Glasper Trio-- Durham Armory


Saturday, April 25

4:30pm
Soul Understated featuring Mavis 'Swan' Poole-- Main Stage

6:15pm
Maimouna Youssef (aka Mumu Fresh)--Main Stage

8:00pm
Anthony Hamilton--Main Stage

8:30pm
Ben Williams & Sound Effect-- PSI Theatre @ Durham Arts Counil

8:45pm
Laura Reed-- Pinhook

9:00pm
Sidewalk Chalk--Durham Armory

9:45pm
The Beast--Motorco Music Hall

10:15pm
Gretchen Parlato and Alan Hampton Duo-- PSI Theatre @ Durham Arts Counil

10:30pm
Ester Rada-- Pinhook

10:45pm
Butcher Brown-- Durham Armory

11:15pm
BADBADNOTGOOD--Motorco Music Hall

12:00am
Marc Cary--Pinhook

12:30am
Snarky Puppy--Durham Armory


Sunday, April 26

12:00pm
Avery*Sunshine (VIP Jazz Brunch)





Sponsors of Art Of Cool Project Music Festival include: American Tobacco Historic District, PNC Bank, Blue Cross Blue Shield Insurance, Durham Arts Council, WNCU-FM, FOX 50-TV, and The Durham Herald. For more information and tickets call (919) 864-8161 or go to 400 W. Main Street, Suite 203, Durham, North Carolina, e-mail, info@theartofcoolproject.org or go to www.aocfestival.org.

More Information: http://www.aocfestival.org

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