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38th Annual Delaware Water Gap Celebration of the Arts (COTA) Jazz Festival Announces Poster Artists

2015 COTA Poster

The Delaware Water Gap Celebration of the Arts is proud to unveil the 2015 festival poster, designed by Jim Frantz and featuring COTA co-founder Rick Chamberlain, who lost his battle to cancer in March. Jim Frantz, a good friend of Chamberlain’s, wanted to help honor his friend and began his design with a photograph of Rick taken by local photographer Laurie Samet, which perfectly captures the essence of Chamberlain and his passions.

Jim Frantz is a born and raised Stroudsburg resident and works as an industrial designer doing product design & graphic design. He also has many creative pursuits of diverse disciplines. Jim has 4 children, if you count his two dogs.

Laurie Samet, a native of East Stroudsburg, has been taking pictures since her college days in the late 1970s. At that time her interests were sports and candid portraiture. Her attention turned to jazz photography in 2005, and since then she has enjoyed an abundance of opportunity to photograph musicians in rehearsal, in live performance, and in the recording studio. In recent years her photographs have appeared on several CDs as both cover and liner art. She has participated in the Music Motif Art Show at the COTA Jazz Festival for many years and shared a show with her father, Sherwood Samet, at the Dutot Museum in 2012. She is honored that her photograph of Rick Chamberlain was chosen to represent COTA 2015. She is a physical therapist in private practice in East Stroudsburg.

The Delaware Water Gap Celebration of the Arts (COTA) was founded in 1978 by NEA Jazz Master Phil Woods, the late Ed Joubert, and the late Rick Chamberlain. The idea was, and still is, to share with the community the art created by the many world-class musicians and artists that call the area home. The premise was simple: musicians are local or locally connected and everyone plays for the same small honorarium, which has enabled a sponsor-free event for 38 years. This year will be no different with a great combination of the different musical genres that Chamberlain loved and performed, along with a two hour long tribute to the festival’s good friend Eric Doney; pianist, composer and mentor, who also lost his battle to cancer this year.

The festival takes place the weekend after Labor Day, September 11, 12, and 13, 2015. The festival begins on Friday night at the Dutot Museum at 6:00 PM with a musically themed art show and reception, followed by theater, dance, poetry and classical music at the Presbyterian Church of the Mountain from 7:00 -9:30 PM (tickets are $10.00). The festival’s Main Stage kicks off at noon on Saturday with bands every hour until 8:00 PM, and then again on Sunday at 10:00 AM with a free Jazz Mass. The Main Stage jazz

performances begin Sunday at 12:15 PM and continue until 8:45 PM. Tickets for one day are $28.00, $40.00 for a 2-day ticket (available on Saturday only). Students and seniors are $15.00 per day. Children between 5 and 12 years are $10.00 per day while those under 5 are free.

Delaware Water Gap Celebration of the Arts Announces its 2015 Programming and Opens Ticket Sales

From September 11-13th, Delaware Water Gap Celebration of the Arts (COTA) will present the 38th annual Jazz and Arts Festival celebrating the exciting art form of jazz with not only live music, but also dance, visual arts, and food. Music fans in-the-know make it a point to be at this yearly festival featuring musicians who make the Poconos their home base. 

But this festival is "local" only in name, because COTA artists perform worldwide.  "Besides being fun, it's an incredible deal," says one regular attendee.  "You hear 7 or 8 great bands each day, for less than the cost of a bus ticket to New York."

The Festival opens Friday night with a free art show at the Dutot Museum followed by a show combining dance, theater and classical music at the neighboring Church of the Mountain.  Saturday and Sunday, rain or shine, there are daytime and evening concerts spanning the full range that jazz music has to offer: swing, funk, Brazilian, big band, vocals, avant-garde, Latin and more.

Since this year's programming honors the legacies of COTA's recently-passed Rick Chamberlain and Eric Doney, attendees also will have the chance to see some of the young musicians mentored by Rick and Eric, before they become famous.

Between the stage and the outdoor food court is a children's area with supervised musical and art activities, open till sunset.  Stroll down Delaware Ave. (closed to traffic) to check out the paintings, sculpture, jewelry and clothing created by talented Pocono artists.  Please leave Fido at home, though—pets are not permitted on the grounds.

38 years is a long time to keep a festival going.  How did it all begin?  Delaware Water Gap Celebration of the Arts (COTA) was founded in 1978 by world-renowned jazz artist and composer Phil Woods, trombonist Rick Chamberlain, and local legend Ed Joubert.  They wanted to share with their community the art created by the many world-class musicians and artists that call the area their home.

Inspired by a love for jazz, the COTA Board of Directors says the Festival seeks to reflect the creative vortex of Pennsylvania’s Pocono Mountain resident artists.  The Festival also is noted for gathering a variety of art forms side by side, in an intimate and thrilling Festival experience. 

Delaware Water Gap Celebration of the Arts is a not-for-profit corporation supported solely through the generosity of individual donations, institutional grants, and concert income. Dates, artists and programs are subject to change.  Find out more about the Festival at the COTA website: www.cotajazz.org.  Tweet @COTA_jazz, or go to www.facebook.com/groups/cotajazz.


Tickets to the event are now on sale. To purchase tickets in advance, visit www.cotajazz.org.

  • Friday night at the Dutot Museum: Free
  • Friday night general admission at Church of the Mountain: $10.00
  • Saturday and Sunday one-day tickets: $28.00
  • Saturday and Sunday two-day tickets (available for Saturday only): $40.00
  • Students and seniors (65+): $15.00/day
  • Children 5-12 years old: $10.00/day
  • Children 4 and younger: Free

Delaware Water Gap Celebration of the Arts
The Dutot Museum, Main St.
Presbyterian Church of the Mountain, Main St.
Main Stage, 22 Delaware Ave.


6:00 – 8:00 Music Motif Show Opening Reception
7:00 – 9:30 Dance Classical and Theater


12:00 - Nancy Reed Trio
1:15-3:15 - A tribute to the magical keys of the late Eric Doney, in sets led by Zach Brock, Bobby Avey & more
3:45 - The New Quintet
5:00 - Phil Woods and the COTA Festival Orchestra
6:30 - Expansions – The Dave Liebman Group
7:45 - Tom Hamilton and the Work In Progress Band


12:15 - Sweet Su Terry Group
1:30 - Dixie Gents
2:45 - COTA Cats Volume XXXV
4:15 - Adam Niewood's "Paradigm Shift"
5:30 - Bob Dorough Quartet
6:45 - Brass Arts Collective
8:00 - The Bobby Syvarth Combo

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