Art of Cool

Art of Cool Jazz Music Fest: April 24-26 in Durham

Art of Cool

Durham, NC — The 2015 Art of Cool Music Fest, a three-day jazz festival featuring 40 different bands and performers, takes place in Downtown Durham next weekend, April 24-26, 2015. 

Art of Cool Jazz Music Fest

The Art of Cool Music Fest takes place next weekend, April 24-26, 2015 in Downtown Durham, but we’re writing about it now, because tickets are selling fast. Bands start playing around lunchtime on Friday, April 24, 2015 and the music continues until Sunday afternoon.

Performances go on later than midnight on Friday and Saturday and start by 10 am on Saturday morning, so it really is a whole weekend of music. Two-day passes (for Friday and Saturday) are $125, or guests can purchase one-day passes for $65.

Art of Cool venues include the Durham Athletic Park, Motorco Music Hall, Pinhook, Durham Armory, the PSI Theater, Durham Central Park and the American Tobacco Lawn.

The Music

40 different individuals and jazz groups will perform at Art of Cool, some being Anthony Hamilton, Roy Ayers, Snarky Puppy, the Robert Glasper Trio, Hypnotic Brass Ensemble, KidZNotes, Zoocru, Rissi Palmer and more. Our good friend Michael Sherman’s band, The MPS Project, will be one of the first to play in the festival.

The MPS Project will play at 12:45 pm on Friday, April 24, 2015, so get there early to enjoy original progressive jazz from the heart of North Carolina and to support local musicians.

Festival Highlights

Great bands are only part of the fun at music festivals. The Art of Cool Music Fest also features a range of parties and indoor venues, like:

  • A free kick-off party with food trucks and live music at Durham Central Park
  • A free ultimate day party at the American Tobacco Campus
  • Multiple indoor venues for the Club Pass Series on Friday and Saturday nights
  • VIP amenities like reserved seating, swag bags, lounge access and Sunday brunch

Purchase tickets and find additional information online.

Event Details

The Art of Cool Music Fest
April 24-26, 2015
Downtown Durham

Purchase tickets ($65+) and view the festival schedule online.


Story from staff reports. Photo from The MPS Project and the Art of Cool Fest on Facebook.