The Art of Cool Project the Durham-based nonprofit that aims to support jazz and jazz musicians is a year old and is celebrating Thursday with a concert and fundraiser at The Cotton Room in Durham.
We talked to founders Cicely Mitchell and trumpeter Al Strong, and some of the other members of the team about the first year and the future. In anticipation of the Thursday's event, we're featuring different Art of Cool Project volunteers. Today, meet Joye Speight and Eric Hill.
JOYE SPEIGHT, EVENT PLANNER
On the value of jazz:
"Music, in general, brings people together. It doesn't matter what their race, color or creed. Jazz is no different. It brings the people together and in a society that promotes separatism, we need as many positive things as possible to bring us together."
ERIC HILL, CONCERT MANAGER
On joining the project:
"I am a real music junkie and the intimate live music setting was awesome. I have lived in Durham for over 20 years and it was very exciting to see live music in Durham. I was sold and discussed with Cicely [Mitchell] how I could get involved."
Tickets for the concert are available at theartofcoolproject.com.