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Maceo Parker to Headline the 2014 Art of Cool Festival


Art of Cool (AOC), a 501(c)(3) jazz presenting non-profit on a mission to bring a live music festival to Durham, NC, announces legendary jazz musician, Maceo Parker, as the headliner for their 2014 festival.

Parker, a Kinston native, has a name synonymous with funky music and has played with many leaders of funk, including James Brown, George Clinton and Bootsy’s Rubber Band.

His collaborations over the years performing and recording have included Ray Charles, Ani Difranco, James Taylor, De La Soul, Dave Matthews Band and the Red Hot Chilli Peppers. His timeless sound has garnered him a fresh young fan base and a familiar list of artists who sample his music, including: Busta Rhymes, 2Pac, Notorious BIG, En Vogue and Too Short.

“We’re very excited to have this funk/jazz legend headlining our inaugural festival and it’s really important to us that he’s a North Carolina native,” says Cicely Mitchell, DrPH, president of AOC. “We think he’s a good representation of how we aim to expand the audience for jazz by his contributions to old school jazz and relevance in modern music.”

The purpose of the Kickstarter campaign is to raise funds for the 2014 festival– an event to take place in Durham April 25th and 26th, 2014. The total festival costs $290,000 to produce, and, because this is a community festival, AOC is hoping the community will aid in the fundraising efforts.

The goal of the Kickstarter is to raise at least $25,000 through the weekly events and sponsoring partnerships. Kickstarter perk levels range from $5 as the minimum with a free music download to $1000 for a VIP experience and box seats during the 2014 festival.

Art of Cool is a creative philanthropic project spearheaded by Mitchell and trumpeter and educator, Albert Strong IV of Al Strong Music Productions.

For more information on Art of Cool or the Kickstarter campaign please visit or email inquiries to Dr. Mitchell and Professor Strong are currently taking opportunities to be interviewed about Art of Cool, the Festival and the plans the non-profit has to expand the audience for jazz in the community.

Maceo Parker Career Highlights
•                Maceo Parker interviewed by Roland Martin on Black America Web
•                Maceo Parker interviewed on WLRN
•                Maceo Parker’s “Soul Classics” reviewed in Blues Revue
•                Maceo Parker performs at GRAMMY Awards
•                Maceo Parker interviewed by Canberra Times
•                Maceo Parker’s live show reviewed on Connect Savannah
•                Maceo Parker’s “Soul Classics” reviewed in PopMatters
•                Maceo Parker interviewed on Hawaii Public Radio
•                Maceo Parker Inducted to North Carolina Music Hall of Fame

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