First Art of Cool jazz festival kicks off this Friday

Art of Cool first landed on my radar last summer, when they launched a Kickstarter project to fund a brand new jazz festival in Durham. That project was successfully funded, and the organizers have spent the last 6 months getting things in order for the inaugural event.

The official schedule has been posted, and it’s an extensive list of performers spread across several downtown venues. The first event starts at 4:00 p.m. Friday, with the final show wrapping up at 1:00 a.m. Sunday morning.

Many of the events require that you pay for tickets (or have passes, e.g. for Kickstarter backers), but there are several free shows at Durham Central Park on Friday evening and Full Frame Theatre on Saturday as well, so even cheapskates have reason to show up.

Here’s a jpeg with the full lineup:

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