A remix of a Black American Music festival taking place in downtown Durham for three days of forward thinking jazz, alternative soul and mature hip hop. The mission is to expand the audience for jazz as well as champion innovative thought.
The mission of Art of Cool is to present, promote and preserve jazz-influenced music.
Art of Cool is a 501(c)(3) jazz presenting non-profit organization that strives to cross artistic, economic and social boundaries to bring together a diverse mix of people, cultures, experiences and creativity.
They present high-quality music concerts and events in unique venues throughout the Triangle to share the passion for music, the love of the Triangle’s vibrant arts scene, celebrate community, and joy in providing each audience member with great experiences.
Art of Cool was founded in Durham, NC, and is spearheaded by jazz trumpeter and educator, Albert Strong IV, and Cicely Mitchell, DrPH of Al Strong Music Productions.
2017 lineup includes Rakim, George Clinton, Common, Goldlink, JMSN, Masego, Terrace Martin, Kooley High, Just Blaze, and many more.