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Re: “With a festival, concerts and marketing, The Art of Cool Project bonds the Triangle jazz scene

This is an extremely well-written article and I am pleased with the coverage of The Art of Cool Project's work in this area! However, this article is clearly missing the role of the Black community in this jazz culture-- The AOCP helps to bring a lot of Black artists to the Triangle, supports many Black artists within the triangle, and a large proportion of The AOCP's concert attendees are Black. This is Durham. When we're talking about jazz traditionally being inaccessible and affordable for many people, we're talking about a community of wealthy, white folks who listen to jazz at black tie events and a community of Black folks unable to afford tickets to see jazz artists making Black music. I would've appreciated this article more if it had taken some time to address the fact that not only does The AOCP support Black artists, but it creates a space for Durham's Black community to have access to jazz. Bringing jazz to the area is about highlighting quality music, but it is also a "Black thing" and that should be addressed in a positive light. I was at the Bilal show with a few of my friends, and as a woman of color, I was so proud to see so many Black people coming to hear a Black jazz artist. I was thankful to The Art of Cool Project for supporting Black music and allowing Black people in the Triangle to support it as well. Let's talk about that, Indy Week.

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Posted by jennifer33 on 08/14/2013 at 11:55 AM

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