We are a jazz presenting non-profit organization located in Durham, NC. We are dedicated to presenting and promoting live jazz (and related music) in unique venues throughout the Triangle. We strive to cross artistic, economic, and cultural boundaries to bring together a diverse mix of people and creativity all while providing a GREAT NIGHT OUT. We are dedicated to promoting the local vibrant and varied music and art scene. The project is a unique collaboration between the music and art communities to bring both creative mediums to supporters in an intimate concert setting. The live performances showcase and stimulate the forward-focused creative thought that is occurring on the local music and art scenes. The AOCP is a creative philanthropic project spearheaded by trumpeter, Albert Strong IV, and Cicely Mitchell of Al Strong Music Productions.
We are a fiscally-sponsored nonprofit. Our fiscal agent is Saint Joseph’s Historic Foundation (SJHF). We filed for tax-exemption status in June 2012 and are waiting while for our 501(c)3 approval letter from the IRS. At this time donors have no assurance that contributions to our organization are tax deductible until our tax-exempt application is approved.
Click to download our 2012 Annual Report
We have featured the area’s best local talent.
Season 1 included celebrated jazz trumpeter, Al Strong Quintet; UNC-CH professor and pianist, Stephen Anderson Trio; ChamberSoul singer/songwriter, Shana Tucker; and hip-hop and R & B singer/songwriter, Carlitta Durand, smooth jazz saxophonist, Marcus Anderson; 2011 & 2012 Best Jazz Band in the Triangle, Peter Lamb and The Wolves; neo-soul singer/songwriter, Kim Arrington Band; and hip-hop/jazz quartet, The Beast.
Season 2 boasts thirteen of the best jazz (and related music) talent throughout the country selected from nearly 1200 applicants nationwide by our distinguished panel of judges including Branford Marsalis.
Here is the 2012-2013 Season Line-up:
9-21-12 Carolyn Malachi (Opener: Apple Juice Kid) Cotton Room
10-5-12 Stacy Dillard Quartet Flanders Gallery
10-19-12 Modus Bone, South Carolina TBD
11-2-12 Toon & The Real Laww with live band Flanders Gallery
11-16-12 Tim Smith Band Broad St. Café
12-7-12 George Tisdale Band Flanders Gallery
1-18-13 Jon Irabagon (2008 Thelonious Monk Award Winner) Broad St. Café
2-1-13 Kate McGarry & Keith Ganz Flanders Gallery
2-15-13 Alpha Clef Project, Chicago Casbah
3-1-13 Sonnyboy, NYC Flanders Gallery (CANCELLED)
3-15-13 Kobie Watkins Group Broad St. Café
4-5-13 Lenora Helm Flanders Gallery
4-26-13 The Honorable South, New Orleans Casbah
5-3-13 Philadelphia Slick, Philadelphia Flanders Gallery
5-17-13 Eric Hirsh Casbah
The AOCP partners with visual artists and photographers to create the artwork for each monthly concert. Popular poet/writer/performing artist, Dasan Ahanu is the concert’s MC.