Please consider becoming a 2017 COTA Patron.
A tax-deductible gift of $10 or more helps COTA continue to present the best local jazz festival.

 

Highlighters

Jay Rattman
Don and Carol Matheson
John and Kathy Aveni
Richard Burton
Paul Moore and Family in memory of my cousin Rick Chamberlain and his Wife, Darcy
Bob and Karen Nickels
Joanie Samra 
Anthony and Tony Farda
Joanie Samra
Out On A Limb Tree Services

The Big Band - Section Leaders 
 
Skip Wilkins
Ian and Sally Foster
Steve and Anita Davis, in Memory of Allan Hecht
Jan Basler and Bruce Taylor
Lauren Chamberlain
Jennette Trembly
Beth and Brendon Carroll
Anonymous in fond memory of Phil Woods
George Graham
Gotta Go Potties
Walter Bredel


 

The Chorus

Johanna Von Braunsberg and Jack Shoemaker
Noel Robinson
Mary Bickart
Helen Hsiao
Edie Buechner and Derek Anspach
Suzanne McCool
Jeff and Val Higby
Susan and Marty Wilson

Please consider becoming a 2016 COTA Patron.
A tax-deductible gift of $10 or more helps COTA continue to present the best local jazz festival.

 

Highlighters
Celebrating our “neighbor” Phil - Carol Dorshimer & Ralph Bond
John & Kathy Aveni
Don & Carol Matheson
Karen & Bob Nickels
Anita and Steve Davis "In memory of Allan Hecht
In memory of Phil Woods--Bev Streck
In memory of Richard Chamberlain and Dick Chamberlain - From Steve and Janet (Chamberlain) Fisher
Bob and Sally Dorough - To the Founders!
Ed Berger - In Memory of Phil Woods
Diane and Jim Pallitto & the Jazzy Cats and Dogs
The Tremblay's
Skip Wilkins
James Buckley - 
In memory of Phil, Rick and Eric
Pat & Terry Gaughan - In honor of the incredible "Unholy Trinity
George Graham 
Love is the Answer, Always! Nicholas, Megan, Brielle, Hannah, Joshua and Jamar
Dear Rick, Phil, and Ed- Thanks for the dream of COTA and the many years of music and merriment! Darcy, Lauren and Emelia Chamberlain...Doug, Cherilyn, Ryley, and Lorna McCoy...Melissa and Michael Billingsley...Jessica and Mark Tressler
David and Bonnie Childs - In Memory of Jazz Lovers - Bob Hartman, Bob Napoli, Don & Dottie Weightman 

The Big Band - Section Leaders 

In memory of Joan Kaiser, Kate Leary, Debbie Frable and Tommy Frable Roxanne, Bruce, and Madison Antonowich
Ed and Joni Oye-Benintende
The Goodwin Clan & Max the Cat
The Carroll Family In Memory of Don & Dottie Weightman
Jan Selving & Rick Madigan
In loving memory of: Helen and Gil Foster and Nancy C. Coyle
Lynn, Alia and Kevin Johnson

 The Players

Pete Grice
Lauren Chamberlain and Shannon McDaniel
Gray Girl and Clyde
The Security Brat Pack
Len Pierro
Olivia, Nancy and Spencer Reed in memory of Arlene and Russ Savakus
The Dellaria Family in memory of our loved ones
Val & Jeff Higbee
The Baader Bunch
Walter Bredel—Consummate friend for 40 years! Pat & Terry
Gerald "Gary" Lambert
Eileen Noelle Photography
Ron and Jane Davis - In memory of our daughter, Sarah

The Chorus
Miss You Kanga, it will never be the same
Roger, Anna, and Monica Bet
Anita Bondi Designs/Susan Bradford Art
Barbara and David Lantz
Connie, Duane, and Christian Walck
Laurie Harriton - 
In memory of Peter Phillips
Hobo Chic~ Curious Goods 48 Main St. DWG
Wayne and Ruth MacWilliams
Mary and Patrick Dorian
Tim Helman and Mary Hayes

Music Motif Art Show
The Hall at Castle Inn, Delaware Avenue
No Admission Charge

Area artists submit their musically themed pieces in all types of media for judging by a panel of 3 jurors that changes every year. more information HERE

Food Court
Children's Area
Strolling Musicians
Artisans & Vendors

JAZZ MASS
A Celebration of Spirit
Church Service - No Admission Charge

The Reverend Karen Nickels -worship leader
The Reverend Sherry Blackman - liturgist
Bill Cohea - liturgist emeritus
Mark Kirk - conductor
Teresa Marino - choral director
Bob Nickels - choral coordinator
Michele Bautier - vocal soloist
Dennis Carrig - vocal soloist
Bonnie Childs - vocal soloist
Nelson Hill - saxophone
Pat Turner - saxophone
Jay Rattman - saxophone
Eddie Severn - trumpet
Jonathan Searfoss - trumpet
Sean McAnally - trumpet
Vanessa Jacob - trumpet
Sam Burtis - trombone
Dan Magan - trombone
Spencer Reed - guitar
Skip Wilkins - piano
Paul Rostock - bass
Bob D'Aversa - drums
Ed Hudak - percussion
Bud Nealy - percussion

The JazzMass Choir
Christine Armstrong
Ken Aulicino
Mary Jane Aulicino
Trudy Austin
John Aveni
Debbie Booth
Bonnie Childs
Betsy Clark
Jim DeNora
Constance Fowlkes
Jackie Flynn
Fred Gardner
Victoria Genteel
Nancy Gould
Kevin Herron
Joe Holbert
Jason Leon
Stacey Leon
Kayla Marino
Carol Matthews
Suzanne McCool
Bob Nickels
Diane Pallitto
Don Prytherch
Sandy Rader
Andrea Reiter
Kimya Sessoms
Arline Smeltz
Robin Lively Summers
William Stine
Barbara Vanderslice
Ray Vanderslice
John Weiss
Ann Yale

Music Motif Art Show
The Hall at Castle Inn, Delaware Avenue
No Admission Charge

Food Court
Children's Area
Strolling Musicians
Artisans & Vendors

Presbyterian Church of the Mountain
Admission Charge: $10.00
Refreshments available

Music Motif Art Show
The Dutot Museum, Main Street
No Admission Charge but Donations Accepted

Bob Dorough - piano, vocals
Steve Berger - guitar
Pat O'Leary - bass 
Tom Whaley - drums

Su Terry - saxophone, clarinet
Vic Juris - guitar
Tony Marino - bass
Bill Goodwin - drums

 

Yamaha Artist 'Sweet' Su Terry plays alto & soprano saxophones, clarinet, flute, and wood/clay flutes, and has performed and recorded with numerous Jazz VIPs in the US and abroad, including Dr. Billy Taylor, Chaka Khan, Clark Terry, Charli Persip, Al Jarreau, Barry Harris, Hilton Ruiz and many more.  Sweet Su has been a jazz soloist with various notable orchestras including the National Symphony, the Brooklyn Philharmonic, the New York Pops and the Hartford Symphony, as well as Jazz ensembles such as Diane Moser's Composers Big Band and Mike Longo's State of the Art Orchestra.  

 

Food Court
Children's Area
Strolling Musicians
Artisans & Vendors

JAZZ MASS
A Celebration of Spirit
Church Service - No Admission Charge

The Reverend Sherry Blackman - worship leader
The Reverend Karen Nickels - liturgist
Bill Cohea - liturgist emeritus
Mark Kirk - conductor
Teresa Marino - choral director
Bob Nickels - choral coordinator
Michele Bautier - vocal soloist
Dennis Carrig - vocal soloist
Bonnie Childs - vocal soloist
Nelson Hill - saxophone
Pat Turner - saxophone
Jay Rattman - saxophone
Jonathan Searfoss - trumpet
Joe Boga - trumpet
Sean McAnally - trumpet
Vanessa Jacob - trumpet
Eddie Severn - trumpet
Keith O'Quinn - trombone
Sam Burtis - trombone
Bob Suttmann - trombone
Spencer Reed - guitar
Jon Ballantyne - piano
Joe Michaels - bass
Bob D'Aversa - drums
Ed Hudak - percussion
Bud Nealy - percussion
The JazzMass Choir

Music Motif Art Show
The Dutot Museum, Main Street
No Admission Charge
Music by Calliope

Area artists submit their musically themed pieces in all types of media for judging by a panel of 3 jurors that changes every year. more information HERE

Educating the next generation of musicians is a time-honored tradition in the art of Jazz. COTA established the COTA Cats in 1981 through the efforts of Phil Woods, to inspire and mentor local area high school musicians in the fine art of big band performance. Patrick Dorian, Professor of Music at East Stroudsburg University of Pennsylvania, organized and directed the group through its first 20 years of existence and the Cats have become an integral part of the COTA festival.

Food Court
Children's Area
Strolling Musicians
Artisans & Vendors

Music Motif Art Show
The Dutot Museum, Main Street
No Admission Charge

Phil Woods - saxophone soloist
Nelson Hill -  alto saxophone

Matt Vashlishan - alto saxophone, conductor
Tom Hamilton - tenor saxophone
David Demsey - tenor saxophone
Jay Rattman - baritone saxophone
Nathan Eklund - lead trumpet
Chris Persad - trumpet
Sean McAnally - trumpet
Vanessa Jacob - trumpet
Fred Scott - trombone
Sam Burtis - trombone
Scott Chamberlain - trombone
Dan Magan - bass trombone
Spencer Reed - guitar
Skip Wilkins - piano
Connor Koch - bass
Tom Whaley - drums

Music Motif Art Show
The Dutot Museum, Main Street
No Admission Charge but Donations Accepted

Presbyterian Church of the Mountain
Admission Charge: $10.00
Refreshments available

Please consider becoming a 2015 COTA Patron.
A tax-deductible gift of $10 or more helps COTA continue to present the best local jazz festival.

 

Conductors
Gina & Olav Sandnes
Molly Kirchhoff - "In Memory of Eric Doney- Love is the only answer."

Highlighters
John & Kathy Aveni
Jim Buckley —in memory of Rick Chamberlain & Eric Doney: “RIP, my friends”
Darcy, Lauren & Emelia Chamberlain —Doug, Cherilyn, Ryley & Lorna McCoy —Melissa & Michael Billingsley —Jessica & Mark Tressler
Bonnie & David Childs —In loving memory of Bob, Danny, Dottie & Don, Rick & Eric: “Rest in jazz peace!”
Michael D. Collins
Mark Connors & Cindy Crowner
Anita & Steve Davis —In memory of Alan Hecht
Deer Head Inn —Mary Carrig, Denny & Jan Carrig, Bobby Mancuso & Jay Wilson
Bob & Sally Dorough —In memory of our pal Rick xo”
Carol Dorshimer & Ralph Bond —In memory & celebration of Eric Doney
“Love is the answer…always.” —Nicholas & Hannah, Josh & Jamar, Teri & Anthony
Pat & Terry Gaughan —Remembering, always, the joy of knowing Rick
The Kendall Family
The Lynch Family —“Thanks for the music!”
Don & Carol Matheson
Bob & Karen Nickels —In memory of Bob Hartman, Rick Chamberlain, Eric Doney, and Dottie & Don Weightman
Diane & Jim Pallitto, Spanky & the Jazzy Cats & Dogs
Gail Phillips
Tony Maria Rollison —In memory of Betty Evans Hudak
Christine Trembly

The Big Band - Section Leaders 

Jay Althouse & Sally Albrecht —In memory of Rick Chamberlain
Al Bosc
Ed & Joni Benintende
The Brown Family
Doug & Elaine (from Australia) —“Hoping this year is as successful as 2014. Wish we could be there!”
Michael & Elvi De Lotto
Steve & Janet Fisher —In memory of Rick and Dick Chamberlain
Ian & Sally Foster
Rev. & Mrs. David Goss —In memory of Rick
James Koepfler —In memory of Truman Ingalsbe, fellow hophead & devil music worshipper
Chris Luna y Roberto Lovenheim
Nancy Segar & Pat Gaughan —In memory of Eric Doney & with encouragement to Mitchell Cheng: Please continue to play Eric’s wonderful music!
Jeff Rzepiela Dave Webster —In memory of Rick Chamberlain
Bob Weidner

 The Players

Anonymous
The Baader Bunch
Peter Bank —In memory of Rick Chamberlain
Roger, Anna & Monica Bet
Blossom & Felicity
Anita Bondi Designs, Susan Bradford Art & Wellspring Holistic Center
Bill & Carolyn Carlton & Harriet Carson
Charlie & Mary Lou Cole
Jane & Ron Davis —In memory of Sarah
Jim & Terry Dellaria —In memory of loved ones
Gar, Rainey, Christopher & Tita
Tony, Valerie & Adriana Ganci
Nancy Gould & Sandy Rader
Laurie & Lynne Harriton
Thanks to the Hemmitt Family for sharing Chereen and Andre Jr. —Pat & Terry
Valerie & Jeff Higbee
Hobo Chic —Ivory Moore & Chris Yeaton
Lynn, Alia & Kevin Johnson
In memory of Joan Kaiser —Roxanne, Bruce & Madison Antonowich
John & Marie Kleine & Madelyn O’Connor
Linus & Lucy
Jim & Marina Maroney
Phil, Jill, Grey Girl & Clyde
Thane Peterson —In memory of Ted & Helen Peterson
Spencer, Nancy & Olivia Reed —In honor of Arlene Savakus
Jim & Jody Reynolds
Jan Selving & Rick Madigan
Elaine Shuey & George Munn and Oscar, Abner, Madeline & Felicity
Security Brat Pack
John & Elaine Siptroth
Darla Stem & Bruce Sampson —In memory of loved ones
The Tremblay Family
Jim Wyckoff & Sue Predl

The Chorus
Matt Abell —In memory of Dave Diehl
Allisen, Rocky, Chase & Chance
Donna Antonow Tromans —In memory of Howie Collins
Roger, Anna & Monica Bet
Nichele Brown
Marsha & Danny Cahn
Tammy, Jim & Casey Cornelius
The Crank Family
Bernie & Candy Devine —In memory of Ryan Rodenbaugh
Norma & Ron Hart
Tim Helman & Mary Hayes
Barbara & David Lantz
Fay & Beau Lehr
Moose & Bubba
Blane & Lisa Smith
Diana & Denny Smolak
In honor of Norma Snow
In memory of Rick Snow & William Snow
Dona & Chris Solliday
Brian, Tess & Tate Stone
The Tremblay Family
Constance, Dewey & Christian Walck
Susan & Marty Wilson
Bob and Jamie Garner - ********JAZZ***********

Phil Woods - alto saxophone, conductor
Nelson Hill -  alto saxophone
Matt Vashlishan - alto saxophone
Tom Hamilton - tenor saxophone
Bob Keller - tenor saxophone
Jay Rattman - baritone saxophone
Tony Kadleck - lead trumpet
Chris Persad - trumpet
Eddie Severn - trumpet
Vanessa Meggiolaro - trumpet
Alan Gaumer - trumpet
Fred Scott - trombone
Sam Burtis - trombone
Keith O'Quinn - trombone
Rick Chamberlain - trombone
Jim Daniels - bass trombone
Spencer Reed - guitar
Skip Wilkins - piano
Evan Gregor - bass
Tom Whaley - drums

Please consider becoming a 2014 COTA Patron.
A tax-deductible gift of $10 or more helps COTA continue to present the best local jazz festival.

 

Conductors
Gina & Olav Sandnes

Highlighters
Bob & Sally Dorough
Carol Dorshimer & Ralph Bond
Bonnie & David Childs — In honor of Bob Hartman, Winnie & Bob Napoli, Dottie Weightman & Buzz Bensinger, and in memory of Richy Barz & Don Weightman
Michael D. Collins
Deer Head Inn — Mary Carrig, Denny & Jan Carrig, Bobby Mancuso & Jay Wilson
Welcome "home" Pastor Sherry! — with love from The Fardas
Pat & Terry Gaughan — In celebration of The Chamberlains
The Kendall Family
Bob & Karen Nickels
Carol Dorshimer & Ralph Bond 
Yuki Okuma - In Memory of Andy Leon
George Graham
Jim & Diane Pallitto — In loving memory of Dan Higgins Sr.
Christine Trembly

The Big Band - Section Leaders 

In loving memory of Arlene Kirkwood — Jane Davis & Lynn Johnson
In honor of Bill Cohea & in loving memory of Fred Lindkvist
Mark Connors & Cindy Crowner
Jim & Teri Dellaria — In memory of loved ones
Ian, Sally & Kevin Foster — In memory of Nancy Coyle and Gilbert Foster
—In honor of Helen Foster
Gerta, Laurie & Lynne Harriton
Steve & Mollie Krawitz
Rod Lennon
Linus & Lucy
Rick Madigan & Jan Selving
Don & Carol Matheson
Betsi Olmstead & Ron Midwood — in honor of Bob Hartman & Reverend Sherry Blackman

 The Players

Anita Bondi Designs, Susan Bradford Art & Wellspring Holistic Center
The Baader Bunch
Blossom & Olive
Frank & Pat Brown
Edie Buechner & Derek Anspach
Clyde and Grey Girl
In memory of Ted Peterson, jazz lover
Anita & Steve Davis - "In Memory of Allan Hecht"
Michael & Elvi De Lotto
Nancy Gould & Sandy Rader
Valerie & Jeff Higbee
Bob & Jamie Garner
In Memory of Joan Kaiser by Roxanne, Bruce & Madison Antonowich
In Memory of Kate Leary by Roxanne, Bruce & Madison Antonowich
John & Marie Kleinle & Madelyn O'Connor
In memory of Ted Peterson, jazz lover
Jim & Jody Reynolds
Security Brat Pack
Spencer, Nancy & Olivia Reed — In memory of Arlene Savakus
Elaine Shuey & George Munn & Abner, Oscar, Madeline & Felicity
Diana & Denny Smolak
Smokey Moon, Sandy & Penelope
In appreciation of Water Gap Trolley
Garth, Rainey & Christopher Woods
Grace Nolt—"Joie de Vivre"

Marty, Susan & Sara Wilson
Jim, Nancy, Ben & Kate Daniels
Steve & Mollie Krawitz
Rod Lennon
Linus & Lucy
In appreciation of Gail Phillips
Jan Selving & Rick Madigan
Connie & Bill Stine
In appreciation of Water Gap Trolley

The Chorus
In Memory of Ed
Allisen, Rocky, Chase & Chance
Bill & Carolyn Carlton & Harriet Carson
Tammy, Jim & Casey Cornelius
In memory of Rick Snow & William Snow
The Crank Family
Norma & Ron Hart
Tim Helman & Mary Hayes
In honor of Lucy Kosmerl
Barbara & David Lantz
Wayne & Ruth MacWilliams
Ivory Moore & Chris Yeaton
Constance, Dewey & Christian Walck
Jim Wyckoff & Sue Predl
John & Elaine Siptroth
Wayne Smith

 

To the COTA Board,
Thank you for the opportunity to play at the COTA Festival! It was a great experience. It was very helpful to get to work with all of the clinicians. i learned a lot this year in the COTA Cats, but most importantly I got some experience playing in a big band setting, a skill I have been lacking. I'd also like to thank Phil Woods for playing with the COTA Cats, it was an honor to play beside him. The Festival was a great experience (and has been for two years now), and I hope to be a part of it for my remaining two years of high school.
With thanks,
Dave Lante IV (9/16/04)
I thought that being in the COTA Cats was an awesome experience and I would like to do it again next year. I learned many things from the various instructors and former COTA Cats that walked through every rehearsal. I have found it easier to read music since my experience with COTA. I would like to sincerely thank the directors and those various instructors and former COTA Cat members, and the Board. I thank you for letting me have the honor of being in the COTA Cats. It's been a pleasure. I hope to see you next year.
Sincerely,
Chad Feakins (9/14/06)
What being a COTA meant to me..
Being a COTA Cat was undoubtedly the most influential contribution to my musical career. During my time with the COTA Cats, I gained a great amount of experience that helped me not only with lead playing, but with performance skills overall. I met many great people, teachers, and musicians and made friends that I know I'll keep for the rest of my life. Not many people can say they recieved help from Dave Liebman, Phil Woods, Ken Brader, Eric Doney, Jim Daniels, or any other giant of the music industry. Working with Mr. Glaser, Mr. Rauh, and Mr. Fadden was an amazing experience. Their patience, knowledge, and guidance is unmatched. I'm extremely grateful for all the help I recieved and I'm very thankful for my two years with the COTA Cats.
Some of my best memories of my life so far have come from the COTA festival and being a COTA Cat. Being in the ensemble in such close proximity with clinicians brought in by the staff such as Phil Woods, David Liebman, and Bob Dorough has really pushed me to work harder in music. Just recently I went on vacation to the Jersey Shore and Ken Brader was playing one night there and I coincidentally went to the small park that he was playing at, and I felt like I could approach him and talk to him, but only because of my experience with the COTA Cats. I'll never forget the times that I spent back stage with all of the world class musicians at the festival, and the time that I spent on the side of the stage sitting on the grass with my friends while those same great musicians were playing, mezmerizing us all with their ability. The COTA Cats and the COTA Festival really have changed my life, enriching it significantly, and I thank the directors for allowing me to participate in such a great ensemble for these past four years.
Participating in the COTA Cats was one of my most enriching experiences in my early musical career. I met numerous people with different lifestyles and backgrounds, but all unified in the appreciation of jazz. Each individual was extremely talented, which led to such an outstanding result. All three of the directors were very helpful and made each rehearsal unique. They displayed such a love for what they were doing, and this truly satisfied my decision to study music education in college.

The input from the clinicians taught me a lot as well. Different techniques of approaching the music were introduced to me. Many different aspects of my "musical horizons" were broadened. It was also a great joy to play with Phil Woods and Rick Chamberlain. Both of these men are very talented, and it was a pleasure for me to meet Phil Woods for the first time.

I almost wish that my time with the COTA Cats had lasted longer. The comradery between each of the musicians was profound. The talents shared have taught me so much. On the day of the concert I was awestruck by our performance. It was the best that we had ever played, and it gave me chills. Even more thrilling was the fact that we were playing on the exact same stage as countless other professional jazz musicians. I truly enjoyed this experience, and I thank you wholeheartedly.

My experience in COTA was one of the best of my life. I was granted a wonderful opportunity in which I could do what I love, play Jazz. I also got to experience what it was like to play with other talented musicians, an experience that I had never really had prior to COTA. I also got the opportunity to receive free lessons from some of the greatest musicians that have ever lived. From these lessons, I learned so much about music, and playing. From Mr. Brader alone, I learned so much about become a better "section player," and becoming a better leader, all at the same time. From the directors, especially Mr. Glaser, I learned new methods of warming up, and new techniques to improve my sight-reading skills. One of my favorite parts of COTA is the chance it gave me to make new friends. I met a least five new friends at COTA, people who I could really relate to and have fun with.

I'm so happy that I had the chance to participate in the "COTA Cats," and I'm sad that it is over.

I thank all those that made this wonderful experience possible. I'll never forget the lessons that I've learned and the fun that I had, and I hope that some day, I'll become a great musician and be able to come back and participate in the COTA Cats as a teacher.

Bus service is available between New York City and Delaware Water Gap. The round-trip fare is around $65. Information and tickets here: www.martztrailways.com

The COTA fest offers two days of world reknowned musicians at a bargain price. If you check out some of the other festivals you will see that our prices pale in comparison and we offer a great deal more. Our goal is not to make money but to keep arts in the community and continually support jazz and our local artists. We are a non profit organization and return our proceeds to the community.

Since we own no land and must obtain yearly permission from three property owners, it is impossible to do more than minimum improvements. The concession area belongs to Castle Inn Development and the Toll Bridge Commission, the hill and the street is the Borough’s and the stage sits on land owned by Castle Inn Development. All these property owners kindly lend us their spaces for the festival and we are very grateful to them for doing so.

The Celebration of the Arts was started by local musicians Phil Woods and Rick Chamberlain with businessman Ed Joubert and the Delaware Water Gap Chamber of Commerce. We do not pay the musicians their regular fees and would not have the budget to include anyone who wanted more than the small per-day honorarium each musician receives. The musicians are essentially giving the community a gift, as are our many volunteers. Aside from the scholarships and commissions we provide every year and over 100 musicians (some playing both days) we have services for which we must pay such as: piano rental, sound and lights, electricity, phone, postage, printing, etc. We rarely make a “profit" and, if we do, these moneys go to local arts organizations, the Borough Park and other not for profit organizations.

Most of our concessionaires are non-profit organizations and do not have liquor licenses. Alcoholic beverages are available across the street at the Deer Head Inn.

...the Church of the Mountain AND the Deer Head Inn on Friday night?

The Deer Head Inn is a privately owned business. We have nothing to do with their music bookings on Festival Weekend or any other weekend of the year.

The parking lots we borrow for festival days are all owned by businesses in the Gap, who kindly give their permission for the use of their property. All festival parking is free (if you pay for parking you are not parking in one of our “official” festival parking lots) and within 1/4 mile of the festival area. It is possible for everyone but the driver to be dropped off before parking the car.

Unfortunately the waiting list is long, but we are always looking for new and exciting products for the festival. Please use the contact page to e-mail the appropriate committee head. For general inquiries e-mail This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

CHURCH OF THE MOUNTAIN GAZEBO CONCERT SCHEDULE 2014

Sundays 6 to 7:30 PM

  • gazebo concertsgazebo concertsJUNE 1 - Spencer and Nancy Reed
  • JUNE 8 - Lost Ramblers
  • JUNE 15 - Calliope
  • JUNE 22 - Vinny Bianchi and Jazz Juice 
  • JUNE 29 - The Wayfarers
  • JULY 6 - Sound of Strings
  • JULY 13 - Erin McClelland Band
  • JULY 20 - SheilaMark Band
  • JULY 27 - CAMP JAZZ
  • AUGUST 3 - Tony Dellaria & Friends Blues Band
  • AUGUST 10 - 3Spirit
  • AUGUST 17 - Marty Wilson Trio
  • AUGUST 24 - Louie Setzer and the Appalachian Mt Boys
  • AUGUST 31 - Bonnie Childs with Danny Lattuca & Evan Gregor

DEER HEAD JAZZ ORCHESTRA PRESENTS

A TRIBUTE TO RICHY BARZ

Monday, January 27, 2014, 7:30–10:30 p.m.

Richy BarzFor their January 27 “Last Monday of the Month” performance at the Deer Head Inn, the Deer Head Jazz Orchestra will perform the music of Wolfgang Knittel’s Jazz Artists Repertory Orchestra (JARO) in memory of Richy Barz, an esteemed colleague, personnel manager, and baritone saxophonist in JARO and a beloved member of the Pocono jazz community, who died on Christmas Day 2013.

After completing his education at the Crane School of Music in Potsdam, NY and playing with the United States Army Field Band, Richy began a five-decades-plus career as a performer, road manager, and booking agent for an impressive “who’s who” of the Big Bands (including six years touring and managing the Glenn Miller Orchestra and years contracting and playing with Les and Larry Elgart). Richy worked as a booking agent in the Willard Alexander Agency, The Jim Halsey Company, and his own Richard Barz and Associates. Richy knew everybody in the business.

In 1986 Richy moved to the Poconos, where he and his wife, Nancy, opened their own company, Big Band Productions, producing, directing and marketing top-name Big Band luncheon shows at various hotels in the area and performing especially at Mount Airy Lodge in the heyday of live entertainment at Pocono resorts.

1990 marked the first of his continuous performances with JARO at the Delaware Water Gap Celebration of the Arts (COTA) Jazz and Arts Festival. JARO was founded over a decade earlier by Wolfgang Knittel and the late Ralph Hughes, a trumpet player with shared responsibility for founding the Al Cohn Memorial Jazz Collection. Richy became the band’s musical contractor and principal booking agent.

Dear Artists and Designers;

The Delaware Water Gap Celebration of the Arts (COTA) is now accepting concept sketches and/or poster submissions for the 37th Annual COTA Jazz festival, which will be held on September 5th, 6th, and 7th. We invite you to submit a design that is graphically capable to accommodate many marketing needs including; a poster, brochures, programs, digital media, and t-shirts. The winning poster submission will be used as the primary marketing tool for the festival. The poster requirements are as follows:

  1. The poster is vertical
  2. The size of the artwork is 24 x 18
  3. The artwork can be in any media
  4. 4-Although it is not required, the typeset as follows should be kept in mind or included:

    37th Annual Delaware Water Gap Celebration of the Arts 2014
    www.cotajazz.org
    Jazz and Arts Festival
    September 5th, 6th, and 7th
    Rain or Shine/No Pets/Food Concessions/Children’s Area
    For information see the website, mail PO Box 249, Delaware Water Gap PA 18327 or call 570-424-2210

The completed mechanical is not required at the time of judging, however, space for type, placing of type, and typeface style may be indicated by using an overlay. No lettering should be included on the art itself unless it is intrinsic to the design. All recommendations from the artist as to design will be considered, however COTA reserves the right to execute the final design of the poster.

Poster submissions are due by March 25th, 2014. Submissions can be electronically submitted by emailing This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or dropped off at Stone Trembly and Associates, 819 Ann Street Stroudsburg PA, 18301. For more information email or call Tim Helman at 570-688-7973. Please include your name, email, address, and phone number on your submission.

 

Click here to see COTA's previous years posters

WVIA-FM will be broadcasting the 2013 COTA Jazz Festival during the month of November. 

Here is the broadcast schedule. Each show is at 7:00 to 8:00 PM on WVIA-FM, except for Saturdays at 10:00 PM. Programs are produced and hosted by George Graham.

 

  • Monday November 4: Generation Gap / Kim Parker
  • Tuesday Nov. 5: Eric Mintel Quartet / David Liebman's Expansions 
  • Wednesday Nov. 6: Sui Generis featuring Joe Lovano and Judi Silvano / Jazz Artists Repertory Orchestra (JARO)
  • Thursday Nov. 7: Hal Galper Trio / Tom Whaley and the Marlers
  • Friday Nov. 8: Clarice Assad / Funk Xpress
  • Saturday Nov. 9 at 10 PM -- highlights from week one
  • Monday Nov. 11: "Leftovers" Music from Week One that had to be cut for time.  Note: At 8 PM, David Liebman and Expansions will be performing live on WVIA-FM in a Homegrown Music Concert.
  • Tuesday Nov. 12: COTA Cats edition XXXIII / Bill Goodwin Four + One
  • Wednesday Nov. 13: Dave Lantz Trio / Skip and Dan WIlkins Quartet
  • Thursday Nov. 14: Phil Woods and the Festival Orchestra, performing music from their new Chiaroscuro release "New Celebration"
  • Friday Nov. 15: Organik Vibe Trio / Zen For Primates
  • Saturday Nov. 16 at 10:00 PM: Leftovers from week 2: More memorable music that needed to be cut for time from broadcasts during the week.

 

WVIA-FM is available at the following frequencies: http://www.wvia.org/radio/frequencies-and-playlist/wvia-frequencies

And via live stream at: http://www.wvia.org/radio/listen-live

WVIA-FM has been broadcasting coverage of the non-profit, volunteer-run Delaware Water Gap Celebration of the Arts each year since 1997. The broadcast is a project in conjunction with Chiaroscuro Records, a division of WVIA Public Media.

 

 

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Zootfest

September 25, 2013
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Contact – Colette LaMarche
www.jazzatesu.com
570•422•3467

 

ZOOT FESTAT EAST STROUDSBURG UNIVERSITY WILL BE HELD ON SUNDAY NOVEMBER 1OTH TO HONOR ZOOT SIMS AND AL COHN FOR THE BENEFIT OF JAZZ EDUCATION AND PRESERVATION.

Featuring: Walt Bibinger, Joe Cohn, Bill Crow, Jim Daniels, Jerry Dodgion, Bob Dorough, Marion Evans, Bill Goodwin, Tony Marino, Ed Laub, Dave Liebman, Joe Locke, Joe Lovano, Bucky Pizzarelli, Lew Tabackin, Phil Woods and the COTA Festival Orchestra and more to be announced…

The third edition of Zoot Fest will be held in the Keystone Room at East Stroudsburg University on Sunday November 10th from noon until 6PM. This afternoon of memories and music will again honor the great partnership of Zoot Sims and Al Cohn and will be a major fund raising event for ESU’s Al Cohn Memorial Jazz Collection housed at the Kemp Library at East Stroudsburg University and community outreach partner, COTA Camp Jazz.

Opening Remarksby ESU President Marcia Welsh will be followed by a musical greeting and tribute to Zoot and Al from Bucky Pizzarelli, Ed Laub and Walt Bibinger.

A panel discussion moderated by Bill Goodwin, Culled from the Herd – Woody Herman’s Sphere of Influence is next. Joining the panel will be ex-Woody Herman band mates Joe Lovano and Jim Daniels and other special guests to speak of not only the Thundering Herd but also the flavor of that era of big band jazz.

After a break for Complimentary Lunch and Beveragesthere will be a workshop discussion and performance (sight reading!) of music for saxes and rhythm composed and arranged by Al Cohn in the tradition of Woody’s Second Herd. Another Four Others will feature Lew Tabackin, Joe Lovano, Adam Niewood – tenors, Jay Rattman – Bari, Skip Wilkins – piano, Evan Gregor – bass, Tom Whaley – drums. They will be joined by the COTA Cats Junior Zoots from the Delaware Water Gap Celebration of the Arts educational program.

A Jam Session á lá Zoot will follow, hosted once again by Bill Goodwin. Old friends and special guests Woods, Cohn, Crow, Liebman, Dorough and others will perform in the time honored style of Zoot and Al.

Next, Vibraphonist Joe Locke and his Group will perform music that reflects on an era whenthe music was part of the social fabric – harking back to the Terry Gibbs days with Woody, Zoot and Al. Widely considered to be one of the major voices of his instrument, Joe is long known to be a soloist capable of stunning physical power and broad emotional range.

The afternoon will conclude with Library Alive –music from the Al Cohn Memorial Collection – a unique repository of swing personified - performed by the Grammy nominated Phil Woods and the COTA Festival Orchestra - fresh on the heels of the release of their new CD “New Celebration”.

Seating in the Keystone Room is limited and advance purchase is strongly recommended. The $50 per person admission fee includes the program plus a lunch buffet with drinks, dessert and other refreshments. A $25 ticket for students with ID will include lunch, soft drinks and special seating.

For ticket reservations or to make a sponsor gift, contact – Colette LaMarche
www.jazzatesu.com 570•422•3467 www.jazzatesu.com

Dedicated to preserving all forms of jazz from all eras, The Al Cohn Memorial Jazz Collection (ACMJC) was founded in 1988 to honor the life and legacy of Al Cohn – legendary saxophonist, arranger, composer and conductor, and long-time Pocono resident. This collection includes the Zoot Sims Collection donated by his wife Louise. The collection is housed in the Kemp library on the ESU campus and consists of jazz recordings, oral histories, sheet music and arrangements, photographs, books, videos, and original art and memorabilia, all generously donated over the years by supporters from around the world. Its official jazz magazine, The Note, is published twice a year and distributed to a world-wide readership. For more information about the ACMJC, visitwww.esu.edu/alcohncollection

COTA CampJazz, an educational arm of the Delaware Water Gap Celebration of the Arts Fund for Young Musicians, will benefit from a portion of the proceeds from this event. This popular program held for the seventh time this past July in Delaware Water Gap, provides an opportunity for young musicians to study the art of jazz improvisation by working in small groups with the jazz masters of the COTA organization. For more information about COTA CampJazz, visitwww.campjazz.org.

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The Delaware Water Gap Celebration of the Arts is proud and pleased to present the poster for its 36th annual COTA Festival. The poster was designed by local mixed-media artist Adiamarie Sessoms-Gibbs.

Photo by : Melody Jane TrunfioBesides creating the poster for this year's jazz festival, Adiamarie has had her work presented in the Hughes Library, was an awards finalist at the Pocono Arts Council's 2013 Member's Exhibition, and is a regular fixture at the annual Newark Arts Council's Strong Women Exhibit. The 36th Annual COTA Jazz Festival runs from Friday, September 6th through Sunday, September 8th, 2013.

A full schedule of performances is available on the COTA web site and tickets are on sale now with two-day passes available Saturday only

Last Monday of the Month, 7:30 to 10:30 pm
music charge $10 (proceeds benefit COTA CampJazz)
Deer Head Inn Jazz Orchestra Presents
"An 18 piece ensemble of COTA All Stars"

Cap off a your month every last Monday with the Deer Head Inn Jazz Orchestra, keeping the “Library Alive.” Performing the greatest hits from the Al Cohn, Phil Woods, and Kenny Soderblom collections.

The evening will benefit young musicians of COTA CampJazz with proceeds and donations going to reduce the Camp deficit caused by the loss of local grant funding. 

Help us keep COTA CampJazz a valuable educational opportunity for the next generation to become fluent in the language of Jazz.

The Delaware Water Gap Celebration of the Arts (COTA) is now accepting concept sketches and/or poster submissions for the 36th Annual Jazz and Arts Festival, which will be held Friday, September 6, 2013 through Sunday, September 8, 2013.   The poster requirements are as follows: 

  1. The poster is vertical;
  2. The size of the artwork is to be 18 x24 
  3. The artwork can be in any medium; and
  4. Although it is not required, should the artist wish to include copy for the poster, it should read as follows:

            Headline:  36th Annual Delaware Water Gap Celebration of the Arts 
            Subhead:   Jazz and Arts Festival
            Dates:       September 6, 7, and 8, 2013
            Include:    Rain or Shine/No Pets/ Food Concessions/Children’s Area
            For information: www.cotajazz.org or 570-424-2210
 
The completed mechanical is not required at the time of judging, however, space for type, placing of type, and typeface style may be indicated by using an overlay.  No lettering should be included on the art itself, unless you feel it is intrinsic to the design.  All recommendations from the artist as to design will be considered, but COTA reserves the right to execute the final design of the poster.  The artist whose poster is selected will receive a commission of $350.00. With your submission please include your name, address, email address, and telephone number.

In creating the design, please bear in mind that the official COTA poster is the primary marketing tool of  the festival and that, in addition to the poster, the chosen design will also be used on the brochure, T-shirts, etc.  Additionally, please keep in mind that (1) the year 2013 will mark COTA’s 36th Annual Festival;  (2) that COTA is primarily a jazz and arts festival; and (3) that COTA has been held in the picturesque town of Delaware Water Gap for the past 36 years.

The deadline for all entries for the jazz festival poster is May 31, 2013.  Entries may either be (1) mailed to:  COTA, Board of Directors, Post Office Box 249, Delaware Water Gap, PA 18327, or (2) delivered to the office of Stone, Trembly & Associates, 819 Ann St, Stroudsburg, Pennsylvania between 9:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m., Monday through Friday, or (3) emailed to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. For further information, please contact Tim Helman at 570-688-7973.
                                                            
NOTE:  DETACH AND RETURN WITH POSTER SUBMISSION.   

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It’s here. Sunday April 28, 2013, 3:00 - 4:30 pm
at the Deer Head Inn, Delaware Water Gap, Pa.

jayThe Andy Leon Memorial Young Teacher Jazz Award was established by Angelica Leon, Yuki Okuma, and the Rubinstein family to create mentorship opportunities between young talented performers and music students.  This program is meant to encourage young people, singers and instrumentalists, to enjoy jazz.  Through the generosity of the Andy Leon Memorial Fund the Deer Head Inn will be providing the venue for a mentoring opportunity for young jazz musicians by a professional young musician who is actively performing throughout the area.  We would like to invite middle school and older students with an interest in Music to attend.  Following the session the musician will be playing from 5:00-8:00 with his band so the young musicians will have the opportunity to hear a live performance. 

We are excited to have Jay Rattman, who Andy knew as a young boy and watched him become a talented musician, mentor this session.  A recipient of an ASCAP Young Jazz Composer Award, Rattman holds bachelors and masters degrees from Manhattan School of Music. Jay is a much sought after sax and clarinet player. A woodwind artist and creative musician in New York City, he has performed at Jazz @ Lincoln Center, Carnegie Hall, and the Coachella Festival, in addition to appearing on NPR’s Sound of Young America, The Late Show, and The Tonight Show.  As an educator, Rattman maintains an active private studio in addition to having taught group instrumental lessons in New York City public schools, at COTA Camp Jazz, and via distance learning from Manhattan School of Music. He also presented in a teaching artists’ master class with Yo Yo Ma and his Silk Road Ensemble.  During this class Jay will be joinedby pianist Can Olgun, an active member of the German Jazz scene, and now established himself as a fresh voice on the New York jazz scene.

Discussion, among other topics, will include:- How to learn songs,  How to interpret melodies and  How to develop improvisations organically from the songs

Come join us for a fun and educational afternoon at the Deer Head. There is no cost for the masterclass event.  A $5.00 charge for the performance happening from 5 to 8 pm. Looking forward to seeing you there.

For reservations, please call the Deer Head Inn at 570.424.2000

 

Purchase $5 Raffle Ticket

Enter to win this 30"x37" watercolor "Jazz in the Gap" donated by Holly Gravel, a gift to her late husband Robbie Rosenblum.

Ralph Hughes was a jazz musician based in the Poconos who passed away in 1997. An annual scholarship is awarded each year in his name to the COTA Cat student with the highest grade point average. The COTA Cats are a big band high school jazz ensemble that performs every September at the Celebration of the Arts (COTA) Jazz Festival in Delaware Water Gap.

The painting can be seen at Antelao Restaurant. Tickets may be purchased at Antelao Restaurant or the Deer Head Inn. Call 570-426-7226 for more information.

Winning ticket drawn at the Scholarship Dinner, Deer Head Inn, Tuesday May 21, 2013 (winner need not be present to win)

 

January 28 and February 25 at 7:30 PM
at the Deer Head Inn 5 Main St Delaware Water Gap, PA

cfo photo: Bud Nealy

For its regularly scheduled “Last Monday of the Month” the Deer Head Jazz Orchestra invites composers of big band jazz to bring any compositions they might like to have the band read and along with the loyal Monday patrons, “have a listen”.

The Deer Head Jazz Orchestra is comprised of musicians from the Grammy nominated COTA Festival Orchestra. They have been preparing for a new recording of compositions by NEA Jazz Master Phil Woods scheduled for a late summer release.

Any composers or arrangers that would like to take part in these Jazz Composers Workshops should contact Rick Chamberlain at - This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  to be included on the schedule.

The band will also perform compositions from its’ vast collection in keeping with the concept of “Library Alive”

 

On Sunday December 30th from 5pm until 8pm the Deer Head Jazz Orchestra - featuring members of the COTA Festival Orchestra with guests Phil Woods, Bob Dorough, Nancy Reed and more - will usher out the holiday season with the "last hoorah and harumph" and the tossing of the musical yule log over the Christmas cliff. Come out all ye faithful for such gems as the Bob Dorough epic opus written for Miles Davis - "Blue Xmas" and Phil Woods arrangement of "White Christmas" as well as his composition - "Gifts for the Children". We promise many other swinging favorites for the last time this year. Promise!

National Public Radio partner WVIA FM will air the performances caught live at this year's jazz festival


For the 15th consecutive year, WVIA FM's All That Jazz with George Graham presents comprehensive coverage of the Delaware Water Gap Celebration of the Arts (COTA) Festival. Enjoy 12 nights of extraordinary jazz music starting Monday, November 5 at 7 p.m. on WVIA FM.
The series will feature music from all sets on the main stage of the festival which was held in the Poconos town of Delaware Water Gap on Sept. 7, 8 and 9, 2012

The complete broadcast schedule of featured performances on All That Jazz on WVIA FM is below and can also be found at: http://www.wvia.org/radio/all-that-jazz.

  • Day 1- Monday Nov. 5: Niewood Plays Niewood / Craig Kastelnik and Friends
  • Day 2-Tuesday, Nov. 6: Fernando Otera & Nick Danielson / JARO (Big Band)
  • Day 3-Wednesday, Nov. 7: Cohn, Green & Walsh / "Sweet" Sue Terry & Dangerous Sax
  • Day 4-Thursday, Nov. 8: Phil Woods and the Festival Orchestra / Nellie McKay part 1
  • Day 5-Friday, Nov. 9: Nellie McKay part 2 / The SheilaMark Band
  • Day 6- Saturday Nov. 10 at 10:00 PM - highlights from first week of coverage
  • Day 7- Monday, Nov. 12: Bob Dorough / Dave Liebman & Nancy Reed & Neighbors
  • Day 8-Tuesday, Nov. 13: COTA Cats / Spencer Reed "Not All Blues" Band
  • Day 9-Wednesday, Nov. 14: Five Play / Eric Doney & Zach Brock - part 1
  • Day 10-Thursday, Nov. 15: Doney & Brock part 2 / Lineage
  • Day 11-Friday, Nov. 16: Vinny Bianch & La Cuchina / Highlights from week 1
  • Day 12-Saturday Nov. 17: at 10:00 PM - Highlights from week 2

The series was recorded by Chiaroscuro Records and underwritten by the Stroudsburg Law Firm of Krawitz & Krawitz

WVIA FM can be found at 89.9 FM in northeast PA, 99.3 FM in Allentown, 105.7 FM in Bethlehem, 90.3 FM in Clarks Summit, 90.9 FM in Lewisburg, 89.7 FM (WVYA) in Williamsport, 89.3 FM in south central PA, 88.3 FM in Mainesburg, 94.9 FM in Pottsville, 94.3 FM in Stroudsburg/East Stroudsburg, 105.7 FM in Sunbury, and 103.5 FM in Wellsboro. WVIA FM can also be heard via an online stream at http://www.wvia.org/radio/listen-live

 

More information on the artists can be found at: http://www.cotajazz.org/schedule/2012-schedule/

Congratulations to drummer, bandleader, clinician, educator and COTA Board of Director Sherrie Maricle for a great interview in the October 2012 issue of Jazz Inside magazine.

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Zootfest

September 24, 2012
For Immediate Release
Contact: Bob Bush at (570) 422-3828 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Featuring: author Penny Von Eschen, Phil Woods, Bob Dorough, Bill Crow, Harry Allen, Dave Liebman, Joe Cohn, Rick Chamberlain, the COTA Festival Orchestra and more

To benefit the Al Cohn Memorial Jazz Collection and COTA CampJazz

EAST STROUDSBURG, PA – Zoot Fest, a relaxed afternoon of music, mirth and memories, will take place on Sunday afternoon October 21st from 12 Noon until 6 pm in the Keystone Room at East Stroudsburg University of Pennsylvania. This second-annual jazz party will again honor saxophone partners Zoot Sims and Al Cohn, and serves as a major fundraising event for ESU’s Al Cohn Memorial Jazz Collection and community outreach partner, COTA CampJazz.

Dr. Penny M. Von Eschen, author of Satchmo Blows Up the World will kick off Zoot Fest with a multi-media presentation about the fascinating time period when the U.S. State Department dispatched jazz musicians abroad in its battle against Communism. Phil Woods, Bill Crow and Dave Liebman, participants in those historic tours, will be on hand to share stories and provide personal insights.  

Next, the music will take center stage as an array of multi-talented jazz artists take part in a “Jazz Jam á la Zoot” hosted by Adam Niewood. In addition to Woods, Crow and Liebman, the jam session lineup includes Joe Cohn, Harry Allen, Rossano Sportiello, Joel Forbes, Kim Parker, “Sweet” Sue Terry, Nancy Reed, Sherrie Maricle, Marko Marcinko, Rick Chamberlain, Nelson Hill, Jesse Green and most likely some surprise guests.

Finally, the Grammy-nominated COTA Festival Orchestra will close the afternoon in a swinging style with a ”Library Alive Big Band Jam,” performing the charts of Al Cohn and other composers and arrangers taken from the music inventory of ESU’s Al Cohn Memorial Jazz Collection.

Seating in the Keystone Room is limited and advance purchase is strongly recommended. The $50 per person admission fee includes the program plus a lunch buffet with drinks, desserts and other refreshments. For ticket reservations or to make a sponsor gift, call (570) 422-3658 or visit www.jazzatesu.com.

Dedicated to preserving all forms of jazz from all eras, the Al Cohn Memorial Jazz Collection (ACMJC) was founded in 1988 to honor the life and legacy of Al Cohn –

legendary saxophonist, arranger, composer and conductor, and long-time Pocono resident.  The collection is housed in Kemp Library on the ESU campus and consists of jazz recordings, oral histories, sheet music, photographs, books, videos, and original art and memorabilia, all generously donated over the years by supporters from around the world. Its official jazz magazine, The NOTE, is published two times a year and distributed to a world-wide readership. For more information about the ACMJC, visit www.esu.edu/alcohncollection.

COTA CampJazz, an educational outreach program of the Delaware Water Gap Celebration of the Arts Fund for Young Musicians, will benefit from a portion of the proceeds from the concert. This popular program, held for the sixth annual time this past summer in the Delaware Water Gap, provides an opportunity for young musicians to study the art of jazz improvisation by working in small groups with the jazz masters of the COTA organization. For more information about COTA CampJazz, visit www.campjazz.org.

Zoot Fest and Library Alive concerts are part of the ESU Jazz Synergy Series. For more information, visit www.jazzatesu.com, call (570) 422-3828, or send email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 

 

To: For Immediate Release
From: Lance Rauh, Director of Bands
RE: DVHS jazz Student earns scholarship

Jaymarie Santana, senior band member at Delaware Valley High School, earned the 2012 Michael Lacey Memorial Jazz Scholarship. This $500 dollar award recognizes the dedication, commitment and community spirit of a deserving jazz student participating in the 2012 Celebration of the Arts Honors Jazz Band. The COTA Cats, as they are affectionately known, is a big band jazz ensemble that highlights the top high school jazz students in the Pocono area and performs every year at the Delaware Water Gap Celebration of the Arts (COTA) jazz festival.

The Michael Lacey Memorial Scholarship honors the memory of the former COTA Cat who was tradgically killed in an auto accident in the fall of 2007. Jaymarie Santana is the first Delaware Valley High School band member to be awarded this prestigious honor.

Alex Testino - Ralph Hughes Scholarship winnerTo: For Immediate Release
From: Lance Rauh, Director of Bands
RE: DVHS jazz Student earns scholarship

Alex Testino, senior band member at Delaware Valley High School Band earned the Ralph Hughes Memorial Jazz Scholarship. This $1000 dollar award recognizes the most academically proficient jazz student participating in the 2012 Celebration of the Arts Honors Jazz Band. The COTA Cats, as they are affectionately known, is a big band jazz ensemble that highlights the top high school jazz students in the Pocono area.

The Ralph Hughes Scholarship honors the memory of Jazz trumpet player Ralph Hughes who was an integral personality in the Pocono Mountains jazz scene. The scholarship is sponsored by Michael and Elvi De Lotto of Antelao Restaurant in Delaware Water Gap, PA, and recognizes the most academically proficient senior COTA Cat based on his or her grade point average and class rank. Alex Testino is the third Delaware Valley band member to be awarded this prestigious honor.

Tom Mann

 

 

COTA thanks you and welcomes you home!

 

 

Tom is the creator of the exquisite, mixed-media, shadow-boxed pieces of art pictured here. Both of them were created exclusively for COTA this summer. Top, for COTA's 2012 poster and accompanying print promotions; and below, for the Bob Dorough Duets CD.

 

 

The "back story": Tom (with his brother, Todd) was among the handful of artists/musicians who launched COTA in 1978; he designed four of our first five posters and our logotype. What a trip it's been! Tom now lives and works in New Orleans, where he oversees three studios/galleries, and exhibits his jewelry and sculpture at 250 galleries in the USA and abroad.

 

 

The two original, three-dimensional, framed pieces that Tom created for COTA this summer have now been donated by him to us.

 

 

When you see Tom, back home at this year's Festival, thank him (and ask if he'll autograph the great poster that you may purchase at the COTA Booth). 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
 
On Wednesday, September 5th the Deer Head Inn, Delaware Water Gap, PA will host a record release party for the new Bob Dorough Duets, a CD that benefits the Delaware Water Gap Celebration of the Arts. The listening party begins at 7:30pm. Reservations required.
 
Bob will talk about all the songs on the CD, as the music is debuted for the very first time publically. He will also answer questions and sign CDs. 
 
Writing about Bob Dorough Duets, jazz journalist Dan Morgenstern said, “The results are wonderful …There are highlights on every number… pairing [Bob] with like-minded performers in a program of new and unique interpretations of gems from his rich catalog of songs… no wonder, then, that the music on this great CD has the warmth of an in-gathering of old and new friends.”
 
The admission of $30 includes a copy of the CD.  A limited addition poster will be on sale. All the proceeds benefit COTA.
 
Please see BobDoroughDuets.com to see and hear more!
 
 
 

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With thanks and appreciation for a grant from the ESSA Foundation - this recording project is a benefit for COTAl.

ALL proceeds will benefit COTA, and most involved donated part or all of their time and talent to make this vision a reality.

 

On July 22, 2012 at the Mountain Laurel Center for the Arts in Bushkill, PA at 4:00 PM there will be a reunion of sorts when the 18 piece Delaware Water Gap celebration of the Arts Festival Orchestra performs an opening set and then provides the back-up horn section for the “Temptations”  - an essential element of the original Motown Machine.

For years when the Pocono Mountains was in the heyday of live music entertainment in the many resorts, members of the COTA Festival Orchestra performed with the Temptations and many other prominent musical groups in bands on that stretch of Bushkill Falls Road that was home to the Pocmont, Unity House and Tamiment resorts. The “Tom Ridge Pavilion” (site of the concert) was built on the grounds of the International Ladies' Garment Workers' Union (Unity House) resort. 

The Festival Orchestra’s opening set will feature special guest Bob Dorough – local and world renowned icon of Schoolhouse rock fame. Also featured will be music from East Stroudsburg University’s Al Cohn Memorial Collection and music of COTA Co-founder and NEA Jazz Master Phil Woods.

The opening act begins at 4 PM and the Temptations at 5 PM

Contact: Rick Chamberlain This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 570-421-2493

 

 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

BASH FOR BRADER - DEER HEAD INN JAZZ ORCHESTRA TO HOST EVENING OF BIG BAND JAZZ TO BENEFIT AILING COLLEAGUE

 

 

On Monday July 30 from 7:30 – 10:30 the Deer Head Inn in Delaware Water Gap, PA will present a big band evening to help a fellow musician. Since last winter, Ken Brader – noted educator, and renowned lead trumpet player with the Philadelphia Pops, the COTA Festival Orchestra, JARO, the Phil Woods Big Band, the Glenn Miller Orchestra, Patti Page’s Grammy –winning Carnegie Hall CD, just to name a few, has been suffering the effects of a debilitating illness that has left him in a dire financial situation because of the inability for him to earn a living. He has been transported many times to the Wills Eye Institute and Thomas Jefferson Hospital. He’s lost 90% of his vision and cannot walk.

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The musicians of the Deer Head Jazz Orchestra would like to invite all to the Deer Head to contribute to this great cause. The first set will consist of the Deer Head Orchestra reading some new Phil Woods charts and then from there it will be a menagerie of performers playing big band music anyone wishes to bring. Collections will be taken throughout the evening. Come one come all –bring horns, charts and above all, the spirit of giving to help a truly great musician and friend.

Donation is $10. At the door and additional donations will be encouraged and appreciated. Checks can be sent to COTA Box 249 Delaware Water Gap, PA 18327

For more information contact: Rick Chamberlain This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  or Mary Carrig This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

To Donate:

COTA 2012 Poster - Tom Mann

COTA 2012 Poster designed by Tom Mann

 

Annual Ralph Hughes Memorial Scholarship Fundraiser  Dinner

DATE: Tuesday, May 22

TIME: 6:30 pm

LOCATION: Deer Head Inn

MORE: A sumptuous buffet prepared by Antelao Restaurant. This year's musical composition written and performed by Eric Doney. Ticket price includes dinner & music. For information and to make your reservation, call Deer Head Inn, 

570-424-2000 or Antelao Restaurant after noon Thurs - Sun, 570-426-7226

Advance Reservation Required. 

 

East Stroudsburg, PA –The Sherman Theater will be filled with the sounds of swinging jazz music when three local high school ensembles join with guest soloist “Blue Lou” Marini and the Celebration of the Arts (COTA) Festival Orchestra to perform selections from the Al Cohn Memorial Jazz Collection on Wednesday April 11 at 7:30 p.m.

Dubbed “Scholastic Swing at the Sherman Theater,” this ninth Library Alive event will offer a unique educational experience for young jazz musicians from Stroudsburg, East Stroudsburg South and Quakertown Community high schools. The student bands are preparing to perform music from the Al Cohn library and will be participants in an afternoon workshop/clinic with members of the Festival Orchestra and Lou Marini. Later, in the opening set of the evening, the bands will perform with the acclaimed saxophonist. The concert will close with “Blue Lou” joining forces in a swinging set with the COTA Festival Orchestra.

When Lou Marini is introduced on stages worldwide, it’s amidst luminaries like James Taylor, Aerosmith, Eric Clapton, Aretha Franklin, Blood Sweat & Tears, Steely Dan, the Rolling Stones, and others. Many know “Blue Lou” from his participation in the Dan Akroyd / John Belushi cult band phenomenon, The Blues Brothers, born out of the Saturday Night Live band, where Lou’s signature wailing sax is imitated to this day.

Marini is no stranger to either the Poconos or the music of legendary saxophonist and arranger Al Cohn. About Al, Lou has said: “To me, his charts are the embodiment of a natural inherent swing. They just feel right and natural to play. They reflect his intelligence and great sense of humor. And, above all, they swing.”

The COTA Festival Orchestra has performed at the annual Delaware Water Gap jazz and arts festival throughout its 34-year run, and has twice toured Europe as the Phil Woods Big Band. The members scheduled to perform on April 11 include: Nelson Hill, Matt Vashlishan, Tom Hamilton, Bob Keller, and Jim Buckley (saxes); Danny Cahn, Eddie Severn, Luke Brandon and Patrick Dorian (trumpets); Rick Chamberlain, Najwa Parkins and Jim Daniels (trombones); Eric Doney, Evan Gregor, Bill Goodwin and Marko Marcinko (rhythm).

Library Alive concerts are sponsored by the East Stroudsburg University Jazz Synergy Series and benefit ESU’s Al Cohn Memorial Jazz Collection and COTA CampJazz, an educational outreach program of the Delaware Water Gap COTA Fund for Young Musicians. The sixth-annual jazz camp will be held from July 23 – 29 at various historic sites in Delaware Water Gap, including the Deer Head Inn. For more information or to register, visit www.campjazz.org.

Doors open at 6:30 p.m. and show time is 7:30 for the April 11 concert. Tickets are available at the Sherman Theater box office at 584 Main St. in Stroudsburg, by calling the box office at (570) 420-2808, or by visiting www.shermantheater.com. General admission for adults is $10, with discounted tickets for students for $5.

For more information, call (570) 422-3828 or visit www.jazzatesu.com. The event is part of the Smithsonian Institution’s nationwide celebration of Jazz Appreciation Month (JAM). To find out more about JAM, go to www.smithsonianjazz.org.

 

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Bucky Pizzarelli and Jay Leonhart to lead “A New York Swing Session for John Bunch” on Sunday March 25 at 3:00 p.m. at East Stroudsburg University

East Stroudsburg, PA – A concert to pay tribute to the life and music of the late jazz pianist John Bunch will take place on Sunday afternoon March 25, 2012 at East Stroudsburg University of Pennsylvania as the third presentation in the 2011-12 ESU Jazz Synergy Series.

Bassist Jay Leonhart was once quoted describing John Bunch as “one of the greatest jazz pianists the instrument has ever known.” Guitarist Bucky Pizzarelli said that John was “Benny Goodman’s favorite piano player.” These three masters of their instruments formed the group known as “New York Swing” and entertained jazz fans around the globe for decades with their elegance and musicianship.

This celebration, dubbed “A New York Swing Session for John Bunch,” will present Leonhart and Pizzarelli in performance with special guests, saxophonist Harry Allen and pianist Bill Mays. The event will also officially welcome the John Bunch special collection to ESU as part of the Al Cohn Memorial Jazz Collection in Kemp Library.

The concert will be presented in the Cecilia S. Cohen Recital Hall in the Fine and Performing Arts Center, Normal and Marguerite Streets, on the ESU campus. The suggested donation for general admission to the concert is $10; all students with a current ID will be admitted free. Doors will open at 2:45 p.m.

The 2011-12 ESU Jazz Synergy Series is presented by the ESU Regional Jazz Coalition and the Al Cohn Memorial Jazz Collection at ESU’s Kemp Library.

For more information, call (570) 422-3828 or visit www.jazzatesu.com. To check on other upcoming arts events at the University, call the ESU Cultural Events Hotline at (570) 422-3483.

 

 

Phil Woods/COTA Festival Orchestra New Music Reading

On Tuesday March 13 at 7:30 PM The Delaware Water Gap Celebration of the Arts (COTA) Festival Orchestra will be reading new works for big band by Phil Woods at the Deer Head Inn in Delaware Water Gap, PA.

This evening will be an opportunity to be part of the process of the creation of a new CD. It has been 15 years since the last COTA big band CD "Celebration" was released and nominated for a Grammy Award. On Tuesday evening March 13 at the "Home of Jazz in the Poconos" the 16 piece Festival Orchestra will read and rehearse new music by COTA Co-founder Phil Woods for inclusion in this project. Phil, (who recently celebrated his 80th birthday) has long been considered one of the world's leading alto saxophonists and received the Jazz Master Fellowship Award from the National Endowment of the Arts – our nation's highest honor for contributions toAmerica's indigenous art form – Jazz. All proceeds will be used for production of the new CD.

Additional contributions are welcome and may be made through the Delaware Water Gap Celebration of the Arts.

East Stroudsburg, PA –The Sherman Theater will be filled with the sounds of swinging jazz music when three local high school ensembles join with guest soloist “Blue Lou” Marini and the Celebration of the Arts (COTA) Festival Orchestra to perform selections from the Al Cohn Memorial Jazz Collection on Wednesday April 11 at 7:30 p.m.

Dubbed “Scholastic Swing at the Sherman Theater,” this ninth Library Alive event will offer a unique educational experience for young jazz musicians from Stroudsburg, East Stroudsburg South and Quakertown Community high schools. The student bands are preparing to perform music from the Al Cohn library and will be participants in an afternoon workshop/clinic with members of the Festival Orchestra and Lou Marini. Later, in the opening set of the evening, the bands will perform with the acclaimed saxophonist. The concert will close with “Blue Lou” joining forces in a swinging set with the COTA Festival Orchestra.

When Lou Marini is introduced on stages worldwide, it’s amidst luminaries like James Taylor, Aerosmith, Eric Clapton, Aretha Franklin, Blood Sweat & Tears, Steely Dan, the Rolling Stones, and others. Many know “Blue Lou” from his participation in the Dan Akroyd / John Belushi cult band phenomenon, The Blues Brothers, born out of the Saturday Night Live band, where Lou’s signature wailing sax is imitated to this day.

Marini is no stranger to either the Poconos or the music of legendary saxophonist and arranger Al Cohn. About Al, Lou has said: “To me, his charts are the embodiment of a natural inherent swing. They just feel right and natural to play. They reflect his intelligence and great sense of humor. And, above all, they swing.”

The COTA Festival Orchestra has performed at the annual Delaware Water Gap jazz and arts festival throughout its 34-year run, and has twice toured Europe as the Phil Woods Big Band. The members scheduled to perform on April 11 include: Nelson Hill, Matt Vashlishan, Tom Hamilton, Bob Keller, and Jim Buckley (saxes); Danny Cahn, Eddie Severn, Luke Brandon and Patrick Dorian (trumpets); Rick Chamberlain, Najwa Parkins and Jim Daniels (trombones); Eric Doney, Evan Gregor, Bill Goodwin and Marko Marcinko (rhythm).

Library Alive concerts are sponsored by the East Stroudsburg University Jazz Synergy Series and benefit ESU’s Al Cohn Memorial Jazz Collection and COTA CampJazz, an educational outreach program of the Delaware Water Gap COTA Fund for Young Musicians. The sixth-annual jazz camp will be held from July 23 – 29 at various historic sites in Delaware Water Gap, including the Deer Head Inn. For more information or to register, visit www.campjazz.org.

Doors open at 6:30 p.m. and show time is 7:30 for the April 11 concert. Tickets are available at the Sherman Theater box office at 584 Main St. in Stroudsburg, by calling the box office at (570) 420-2808, or by visiting www.shermantheater.com. General admission for adults is $10, with discounted tickets for students for $5.

For more information, call (570) 422-3828 or visit www.jazzatesu.com. The event is part of the Smithsonian Institution’s nationwide celebration of Jazz Appreciation Month (JAM). To find out more about JAM, go to www.smithsonianjazz.org.

 

The imaginative and crowd-pleasing big band JARO (Jazz Artists Repertory Orchestra) will perform on Sunday afternoon February 19, 2012 at East Stroudsburg University of Pennsylvania as the next presentation in the 2011-12 ESU Jazz Synergy Series.

The concert, which is being billed as “A President’s Weekend Salute to Big Band Jazz,” will present multi-talented musicians from the Pocono region putting their own unique stamp on vintage compositions for jazz orchestra. In keeping with the theme of this annual big band event, the concert will feature tunes made popular by some of America’s most famous jazz orchestras, leaders, composers, arrangers and singers. And, as JARO’s legion of fans has come to expect, some neglected and obscure ones will be showcased as well.

Among the big bands that have been saluted in past year’s programs are those of Duke Ellington, Elliot Lawrence, Horace Henderson, Jerry Wald, Woody Herman, Marty Paich, Maynard Ferguson, Ray McKinley, Boyd Raeburn, Oliver Nelson and Noble Sissle, featuring such acclaimed composers and arrangers as Al Cohn, Gerry Mulligan, Dizzy Gillespie, Shorty Rogers, Billy Strayhorn and Clare Fischer.  

JARO is dedicated to preserving and promoting the rich heritage of big band jazz. Its members are comprised of many of the respected artists who live in the Pocono region, including such favorites as trombonist Rick Chamberlain, saxophonists Nelson Hill and Richard Barz, trumpeter Danny Cahn, vocalist Judy Lincoln, and pianist and musical director Wolfgang Knittel. JARO has been a fixture at the annual Delaware Water Gap Celebration of the Arts jazz festival, and its members have appeared individually and collectively at many other major jazz festivals and venues both regionally and around the world.

The concert will be presented in the Cecilia S. Cohen Recital Hall in the Fine and Performing Arts Center, Normal and Marguerite Streets, on the ESU campus. The suggested donation for general admission to the concert is $5; all students with a current ID will be admitted free. Doors will open at 2:45 p.m.

The 2011-12 ESU Jazz Synergy Series is presented by the ESU Regional Jazz Coalition and the Al Cohn Memorial Jazz Collection at ESU’s Kemp Library.

For more information, call (570) 422-3828 or visit www.jazzatesu.com. To check on other upcoming arts events at the University, call the ESU Cultural Events Hotline at (570) 422-3483.

All programs are 7:00 to 8:00 PM.

  1. Mon. Nov. 7    Peggy Stern & "Sweet" Sue Terry / The After Hours Trio Plus One
  2. Tue. Nov. 8    Jay Rattman Quartet / Jazz Artists Repertory Orchestra (JARO) part 1
  3. Wed. Nov. 9    JARO part 2 / Stephanie Nakasian wiith Hod O'Brien Trio
  4. Thu. Nov 10    Bob Dorough / Bill Goodwin Experience part 1
  5. Fri. Nov. 11    Bill Goodwin Experience part 2 / Zen for Primates
  6. Mon. Nov. 14    Lew Del Gatto & Bob Keller: "To Al & Zoot with Love" / Urbie & Kathy Green
  7. Tue. Nov. 15    The Go Trio with Jennie Brooks / 3 Spirit
  8. Wed. Nov. 16    The 31st edition of the COTA Cats (student band) / Dave Liebman Quartet part 1
  9. Thu. Nov. 17    Dave Liebman Quartet (20th anniversary celebration) part 2 / Jerry Harris & Sweetlife
  10. Fri. Nov. 18    Grace Kelly Quintet with Special Guest Phil Woods
  11. Mon. Nov. 21    Eric McClelland Band / Leftovers (tracks that had to be cut for time from previous segments)
  12. Tue. Nov 22    Leftovers part 2


WVIA's coverage of the Celebration of the Arts is made possible by Chiaroscuro Records, a division of WVIA. http://www.chiaroscurojazz.com

Here is a link to frequencies at which WVIA-FM can be received: http://www.wvia.org/radio/frequencies-and-playlist/wvia-frequencies

And the broadcasts will be streamed live at: http://www.wvia.org
(The stream is live only, not on-demand.)

World renowned flutist and tenor saxophonist Lew Tabackin will perform in concert at the church on Sunday afternoon, Octber 9th at 3:00 p.m.

Lew is an artist of astonishing vision whose "distinctive and electrifying compositions create a unique sound and aura without copying or emulating jazz greats.”

Visit Lew’s website at http://www.lewtabackin.com to learn more about this exceptional artist.

Reserve your ticket(s) now for this once-in-a-lifetime performance. Cost is $20 per person ($10 students) and seating is limited.

Lew, being an ardent supporter of the arts has graciously donated his time and talent to this performance. All funds raised will be earmarked for the Summer Concert Gazebo Series. The Gazebo Concerts that are offered free of charge to the community and feature local and well-known musicians, have been a community favorite since 1999. The Concerts are now in jeopardy as our funding and grant money for this fantastic musical venue has decreased over the past several years. Your support will ensure that our concert series will continue.

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Zoot Fest at ESU on November 13 to honor Zoot Sims and Al Cohn and remember the NYC jazz loft legacy of photographer W. Eugene Smith

Featuring: author Sam Stephenson, Phil Woods, Bob Dorough, Bill Crow, Lew Tabackin, Ronnie Free, Bill Goodwin and the COTA Festival Orchestra

To benefit the Al Cohn Memorial Jazz Collection and COTA CampJazz

EAST STROUDSBURG, PA – Zoot Fest, a relaxed afternoon of music, mirth and memories, will take place on Sunday afternoon November 13th at East Stroudsburg University of Pennsylvania. This first-annual jazz party will honor saxophone greats Zoot Sims and Al Cohn, and will be held in the Keystone Room on the ESU campus from 12 Noon until 6 pm.

The theme for this inaugural Zoot Fest will be a remembrance of the jazz loft scene in New York City in the fifties and sixties, particularly the infamous digs at 821 Sixth Avenue where acclaimed Life magazine photographer W. Eugene Smith made his incredible images and historic tape recordings. Zoot and Al were frequent visitors to this infamous location in the Village.

Sam Stephenson, author of The Jazz Loft Project will kick off Zoot Fest with a multi-media presentation, including a digital display of a selection of Smith’s photos and tapes. Phil Woods, Bob Dorough, Bill Crow, Lew Tabackin, and Ronnie Free, amazing jazz musicians who personally frequented the NYC lofts, will share stories and participate in a “Jazz Jam á la Zoot” hosted by Bill Goodwin, with surprise guests. Finally, the Grammy-nominated COTA Festival Orchestra will close the afternoon in a swinging style with a ”Library Alive Big Band Jam,” performing the charts of Al Cohn and other composers and arrangers taken from the music inventory of ESU’s Al Cohn Memorial Jazz Collection.

Seating in the Keystone Room is limited and advance purchase is required. The $50 per person admission fee includes the program plus a lunch buffet with drinks, desserts and other refreshments. For tickets, call (570) 422-3828 or visit www.jazzatesu.com.

Zoot Fest is a major fundraising event to benefit the Al Cohn Memorial Jazz Collection at ESU’s Kemp Library, and its important outreach initiatives, including the ESU Jazz Synergy Series and Library Alive Concerts. A portion of the proceeds will benefit the COTA Fund for Young Musicians for COTA CampJazz.

Sponsors are needed to support Zoot Fest and its commitment to jazz education and preservation. For more information about how to donate, visit www.jazzatesu.com or call (570) 422-3828.

Performing at the annual Delaware Water Gap jazz and arts festival since 1992, the COTA Festival Orchestra has twice toured Europe as the Phil Woods Big Band.  Nominated for a Grammy Award in 1997, its members include: Nelson Hill, Jay Rattman, Tom Hamilton, Bob Keller, and Jim Buckley (reeds); Ken Brader, Danny Cahn, Eddie Severn, and Patrick Dorian (trumpets); Rick Chamberlain, Fred Scott, Kevin Haines and Jim Daniels (trombones); Eric Doney (piano), Evan Gregor (bass), Marko Marcinko and Bill Goodwin (drums).

Dedicated to preserving all forms of jazz from all eras, the Al Cohn Memorial Jazz Collection (ACMJC) was founded in 1988 to honor the life and legacy of Al Cohn –
legendary saxophonist, arranger, composer and conductor, and long-time Pocono resident.  The collection is housed in Kemp Library on the ESU campus and consists of jazz recordings, oral histories, sheet music, photographs, books, videos, and original art and memorabilia, all generously donated over the years by supporters from around the world. Its official jazz magazine, The NOTE, is published three times a year and distributed to a world-wide readership. For more information about the ACMJC, visit www.esu.edu/alcohncollection.

COTA CampJazz, an educational outreach program of the Delaware Water Gap Celebration of the Arts Fund for Young Musicians, will benefit from a portion of the proceeds from the concert. This popular program, held for the fifth annual time this past summer in the Delaware Water Gap, provides an opportunity for young musicians to study the art of jazz improvisation by working in small groups with the jazz masters of the COTA organization. For more information about COTA CampJazz, visit www.campjazz.org.

Zoot Fest and Library Alive concerts are part of the ESU Jazz Synergy Series sponsored by the ESU Regional Jazz Coalition and the Al Cohn Memorial Jazz Collection. For more information, visit www.jazzatesu.com, call (570) 422-3828, or send email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Bob Dorough, the jazz pianist who wrote and produced the original "Schoolhouse Rock" for ABC in the 1980s, will be feted at the 34th annual Celebration of the Arts (COTA) jazz festival Friday through Sunday in Delaware Water Gap.

Dorough has long been a friend and contributor to COTA. When NEA jazz master and festival co-founder Phil Woods was asked why COTA chose to honor Bob, he replied: "Let me count the ways! Turn to page 189 in the Encyclopedia of Jazz and prepare to be amazed! From music director for Sugar Ray [Robinson] to teaching America how to count with the celebrated series 'Multiplication Rock' to recording his Christmas song with Miles — come on, man! About time I say!"

Introducing Dorough will be one of his personal friends, Emmy-winning TV and film actor Peter Coyote.

by Purchase College Alumni Association on Thursday, August 25, 2011 at 3:53pm

Jazz pianist Bobby Avey  ’07 winner of the 2011 Thelonius Monk Institute of Jazz Composer’s Competition, will perform his piece on Sept. 11 at the Smithsonian Institute’s Baird Auditorium in Washington, DC. The performance of  “Late November” will take place during the semi-final round of this year’s piano performance competition.

The announcement of Avey’s selection in the Monk competition came just three months after he was awarded a New Jazz Works grant by Chamber Music America, to develop an hour-long piece inspired by the 1791 slave revolt in Haiti that led to the nation’s independence from France in 1804. He received a $10,000 award from the Monk Institute and a $21,500 grant from the Doris Duke Foundation for the work he’s creating for Chamber Music America. 

Published: Sunday, August 21, 2011,
Bob Dorough, a jazz pianist and the man behind the "Schoolhouse Rock!" series of the 70s, sits by a piano at the Deer Head Inn in Delaware Water Gap.

 

Bob Dorough was writing jingles for a New York ad agency in the 1970s when the company's president approached him for a special project.

The man's son was having a difficult time learning his multiplication tables, but the father noticed the boy knew all the words to his Beatles songs. The president asked Dorough to write rock songs that reviewed his son's math lessons.

Dorough, now of Upper Mount Bethel Township, was an accomplished jazz pianist, but he gave educational music a shot. The result was "Schoolhouse Rock!," the series of educational shorts that have taught generations of school children about math, science and history.

Courtesy Pocono Rcord - June 12, 2011

Saxophonist Phil Woods will be honored with the BNY Mellon Jazz 2011 Living Legacy Award in a special ceremony at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, D.C., on Oct. 14.

The BNY Mellon Jazz 2011 Living Legacy Award is a program of Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation and is sponsored by BNY Mellon, a global financial services company. The award honors living jazz masters from the Mid-Atlantic region who have achieved distinction in jazz performance and education. The celebration will include a reception, the award ceremony and a performance by the 2010 Legacy award recipient, Roy Haynes, in the Terrace Theatre.

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Stroudsburg, PA – On April 14, 2011 the Sherman Theater will be filled with the sounds of swing music with local high school musicians and the COTA Festival Orchestra performing music from the Al Cohn Memorial Jazz Collection (ACMJC). For the second time, a special treat will be the appearance of “Blue Lou” Marini of Saturday Night Live and The Blues Brothers fame. The event celebrates the Smithsonian’s Jazz Appreciation Month (JAM). The concert begins at 7:30 PM, and tickets are available at the Sherman Theater box office for $15 ($5 for students with valid ID).

This seventh Library Alive event, dubbed “Scholastic Swing at the Sherman Theater,” will offer a unique educational experience for young jazz musicians from the Stroudsburg AreaHigh , East Stroudsburg South High School and Kutztown Area Middle School. The three student bands are preparing to perform music from the ACMJC library and will be participants in an afternoon workshop/clinic with members of the Festival Orchestra and special guest “Blue Lou” Marini. Later, in the opening set that evening, the bands will perform with Mr. Marini. The concert will close with “Blue Lou” joining forces in a swinging set with the COTA Festival Orchestra. 

JARO

The imaginative and crowd-pleasing big band JARO (Jazz Artists Repertory Orchestra) will perform on Sunday afternoon February 20, 2011 at the Cecilia S. Cohen Recital Hall as the next presentation in the 2010-11 ESU Jazz Synergy Series.

The concert, which is being billed as “A President’s Weekend Salute to Big Band Jazz,” will present multi-talented musicians from the Pocono region putting their own unique stamp on vintage compositions for jazz orchestra. In keeping with the theme of this big band event, the concert will feature tunes made popular by some of America’s most famous jazz orchestras, leaders, composers, arrangers and singers. And, as JARO’s legion of fans has come to expect, some neglected and obscure ones will be showcased as well. Among the big bands to be included in this year’s program are those of Duke Ellington, Elliot Lawrence, Horace Henderson, Jerry Wald, Woody Herman, Marty Paich, Maynard Ferguson, Ray McKinley, Boyd Raeburn, Oliver Nelson and Noble Sissle, featuring such acclaimed composers and arrangers as Al Cohn, Gerry Mulligan, Dizzy Gillespie, Shorty Rogers, Fred Sturm and Clare Fischer. 

JARO is dedicated to preserving and promoting the rich heritage of big band jazz. Its musicians reflect the many respected artists who live in the Pocono region, including such favorites as trombonist Rick Chamberlain, saxophonists Nelson Hill and Richard Barz, trumpeter Danny Cahn, vocalist Judy Lincoln, and pianist and musical director Wolfgang Knittel. Three of its acclaimed members are employed at East Stroudsburg University: trumpeter Patrick Dorian and trombonist Jim Daniels are music professors, and drummer Bob D’Aversa is ESU’s chief information officer. JARO has been a fixture at the annual Delaware Water Gap Celebration of the Arts jazz festival, and its members have appeared individually and collectively at many other major jazz festivals and venues both regionally and around the world.
 
The concert will be presented in the Cecilia S. Cohen Recital Hall at the Fine and Performing Arts Center, Normal and Marguerite Streets, on the East Stroudsburg University campus. General admission suggested donation to the concert is $5; all students with a current ID will be admitted free. Doors will open at 2:45 p.m.

The 2010-11 ESU Jazz Synergy Series is presented by the ESU Music Department, in conjunction with the ESU Regional Jazz Coalition and the Al Cohn Memorial Jazz Collection at ESU’s Kemp Library. For more information, call Bob Bush at (570) 422-3828 or send email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. To check on other upcoming arts events at ESU, call the ESU Cultural Events Hotline at (570) 422-3483.

 

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“A delicious slice of All-American big band pie” - a review circa 1989 of Dick Cone and his band “Grandma’s Soup”. 

 

On November 18th at 7:30 p.m. “Library Alive at the Sherman Theater” will feature the music of Dick Cone performed by the Delaware Water Gap Celebration of the Arts (COTA) Festival Orchestra. The concert will benefit the Al Cohn Memorial Jazz Collection, COTA CampJazz and the Sherman Theater. Tickets are $15.00 and $5.00 for students.

 

The COTA Festival Orchestra evolved in the early ‘90s from Dick Cone’s big band “Grandma’s Soup.” Legend has it that “Uncle Dicky” (as he was known) was rehearsing his band at saxophonist George Young’s house in Mt. Bethel, PA, while George was creating one of his culinary masterpieces. George commented that Uncle Dicky’s music resembled his grandmother’s soup recipe, with its various flavorful ingredients, and thus the band was named!

 

Dick migrated from New York City to the Poconos for its natural beauty and the abundance of opportunities to rehearse and perform his brand of big band compositions and arrangements. In 1989, Grandma’s Soup performed at the first of three consecutive COTA Festivals – the last being an unfortunate and much-to-soon memorial performance for Dick. The following year COTA decided to keep the band alive and the COTA Festival Orchestra was born. Dick Cone’s library of music (including music written for the COTA Cats) has been preserved and will live in the Al Cohn Memorial Jazz Collection.

 

Performing at the annual Delaware Water Gap jazz and arts festival since 1992, the COTA Festival Orchestra has twice toured Europe as the Phil Woods Big Band.  Nominated for a Grammy Award in 1997, its members include: Nelson Hill, Jay Rattman, Tom Hamilton, Bob Keller, and Jim Buckley (saxes); Ken Brader, Danny Cahn, Eddie Severn, and Patrick Dorian (trumpets); Rick Chamberlain, Fred Scott, Kevin Haines and Jim Daniels (trombones); Eric Doney (piano), Evan Gregor (bass),  and special guest and former Grandma’s Soup original member Tom Whaley (drums).

 

Dedicated to preserving all forms of jazz from all eras, the Al Cohn Memorial Jazz Collection (ACMJC) was founded in 1988 to honor the life and legacy of Al Cohn –

legendary saxophonist, arranger, composer and conductor, and long-time Pocono resident.  The collection is housed in Kemp Library on the ESU campus and consists of jazz recordings, oral histories, sheet music, photographs, books, videos, and original art and memorabilia, all generously donated over the years by supporters from around the world. 

 

COTA CampJazz, an educational outreach program of the Delaware Water Gap Celebration of the Arts Fund for Young Musicians, will benefit from a portion of the proceeds from the concert. This program, held for the fourth annual time this past summer in the Delaware Water Gap, provides an opportunity for young musicians to study the art of jazz improvisation by working in small groups with the jazz masters of the COTA organization.

 

Eager to bring this big band music into the heart of the community, the Sherman Theater has partnered with the “Library Alive” series since its inception in 2008. Built in the 1920s, the recently renovated Sherman Theater is equipped to present many of today’s biggest shows. Complete with full bar and restaurant, it offers everything needed for a complete evening of entertainment.Audiences and performers alike have been awed by the fantastic acoustics, comfort, and historic feel of this rejuvenated downtown performance venue.

 

Library Alive concerts are part of the ESU Jazz Synergy Series sponsored by the ESU Music Department, the ESU Regional Jazz Coalition, and the Al Cohn Memorial Jazz Collection. For more information, call Bob Bush at (570) 422-3828 or send email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

 

To purchase tickets, contact the Sherman Theater box office at 570-420-2808 or visit www.shermantheater.com

 

All That Jazz with George Graham will present its annual broadcast of performances from the Delaware Water Gap Celebration of the Arts Jazz Festival from Monday, Nov. 1 to Friday, Nov. 12 on WVIA FM.

For the 13th consecutive year, comprehensive coverage of the region's premier jazz festival will be heard on over 12 programs of WVIA FM's All That Jazz Monday through Friday at 7 p.m. and Saturday at 10 p.m. during the first 2 weeks of November.

The series will feature music from all 16 sets given on the main stage of the festival which was held in the Poconos town of Delaware Water Gap on Sept. 10 and 11, and recorded by WVIA's George Graham. The 2010 festival marked the 30th edition of the COTA Cats student big band, and also featured a special extended big-band performance by Phil Woods and the Festival Orchestra, who were joined by some of the alumni of the COTA Cats. The broadcasts also include interviews with some of the artists. In addition, programs of highlights and "leftovers," music that was cut for time from previous broadcasts, will be heard on the Saturday edition of All That Jazz, that will air Nov. 6 and 13 at 10 p.m. on WVIA FM.

For a complete schedule of featured performances on All That Jazz on WVIA FM, please visit http://www.wvia.org/radio/all-that-jazz.

WVIA FM brings you Morning Edition each weekday, classical music through the midday, All Things Considered and Fresh Air in the afternoon, and jazz and contemporary music in the evening, along with many favorite weekend programs. WVIA FM can be found at 89.9 FM in northeast PA, 99.3 FM in Allentown, 105.7 FM in Bethlehem, 90.3 FM in Clarks Summit, 90.9 FM in Lewisburg, 89.7 FM (WVYA) in Williamsport, 89.3 FM in south central PA, 99.7 FM in Mainesburg, 94.9 FM in Pottsville, 94.3 FM in Stroudsburg/East Stroudsburg, 105.7 FM in Sunbury, and 103.5 FM in Wellsboro. WVIA FM can also be heard via an online stream at http://www.wvia.org/radio/listen-live.

 

The schedule – Each program will be heard from 7pm to 8pm, except when noted.

Monday, November 1: Eric Doney and Zach Brock – piano and violin duo / Matt Vashlishan Quartet – a COTA Cat alumnus now attracting attention in the jazz world nationally.

Tuesday, Nov. 2: Urbie Green with Kathy Green and the Jesse Green Trio. One of the world’s greatest trombonists performs with members of his illustrious musical family. / Co-Op Bop. Organ quintet headed by saxophonist Nelson Hill and trumpeter Dennis Gaumer.

Wednesday, Nov. 3: Michael Stephans’ Spatial Edition. Drummer Stephans leads a creative quartet featuring violinist Zach Brock, pianist Jim Ridl and bassist Steve Varner. / Dennis Jeter Quintet. A frequent collaborator with Wynton Marsalis, Jeter makes his COTA debut performing a vocal set.

Thursday, Nov. 4: JARO. Long-running Poconos all-star big band performs all new arrangements each year. / Bob Dorough Ambassadorial Trio Plus. One of jazz’s greats, composer, pianist and vocalist Bob Dorough returns to the festival – he appeared on the fist one in 1978 – with an expanded group.

Friday, Nov. 5: Gypsy Jazz Quintet. A group headed by guitarist John Curtain specializing in the style of Django Reinhardt. / JARO continued from Thursday.

Saturday, Nov. 13 at 10pm: Highlights from week 2 and leftover music not included in previous broadcasts.

Monday, Nov. 8: The 30th Edition of the COTA Cats. An annual event at COTA is the student band with members drawn from all over Northeastern PA, playing professional-level arrangements, with a guest appearance by Phil Woods. / The Absolute Trio. Part 1 of a the set by the guitar trio that opened the festival’s second day.

Tuesday, Nov. 9: Nancy and Spencer Reed. The musical and marital couple were part of the first COTA in 1978. Nancy plays bass, Spencer is on guitar and both do vocals. / The Absolute Trio, Part 2. A continuation of the trio featuring Bill Washer on guitar, Paul Rostock on bass and Glenn Davis on drums.

Wednesday, Nov. 10: Phil Woods and the Festival Orchestra part 1. Multiple Grammy Award winning saxophonist and festival co-founder Woods leads a band with many of the world-class jazz musicians who live in the region. Then the group is joined by some of the alumni from the COTA Cats who have gone on to careers in music, such as Nellie McKay.

Thursday, Nov. 11: Phil Woods and the Festival Orchestra, continued. / Bobby Avey Group. Also a COTA Cats alumnus, Bobby Avey has already attracted attention in the jazz world through his collaborations with David Liebman. Mr. Liebman joins Avey in this memorable set.

Friday, Nov. 12: David Liebman Group. Highlights of a set by the saxophonist just awarded the 2011 Jazz Masters Fellowship by the National Endowment for the Arts. / The Roamin’ Gabriels. The traditional danceable closing set to the COTA festival this time features the funky music of a group led by keyboard man Len Mooney, with special guest Tom Carbone (of Railroad Earth and Blue Sparks) on violin.

Saturday, Nov. 13 at 10pm: Highlights from week 2 and leftover music not included in previous broadcasts.

 Miles Fagley-Orfanella, a senior band member at Wyoming Valley West High School, earned the 2010 Ralph Hughes Memorial Jazz Scholarship. This $1,000 dollar award recognizes the most academically proficient jazz student participating in the 2010 Celebration of the Arts Honors Jazz Band. The COTA Cats are a big band jazz ensemble that highlights the top high school jazz students in the Pocono area and performs every year at the Delaware Water Gap Celebration of the Arts (COTA) jazz festival. The Ralph Hughes Scholarship honors the memory of jazz trumpet player Ralph Hughes who was an integral personality in the Pocono Mountains jazz scene. The scholarship is sponsored by Michael and Elvi De Lotto of Antelao Restaurant, Delaware Water Gap, and recognizes the most academically proficient senior COTA Cat based on their grade point average and class rank. Fagley-Orfanella is the first Wyoming Valley West band member to be awarded this prestigious honor.

Written by Paul Adam Smeltz

The Celebration of the Arts (COTA) held their 33rd Annual Jazz and Arts festival throughout the town of Delaware Water Gap, PA during the three day weekend beginning Friday September 10th and ending Sunday September 12th. The festival have proven to be a haven and Mecca for jazz and art lovers throughout the world attracting people who have traveled as far away as the European nations as well as people who live within a few miles. Those returning to this year’s festival found it to be everything they loved about it and more while those who attended it for the very first time discovered its delightfully addictive quality inspiring them to mark their calendars so they would be sure to attend next year.

The festival began Friday September 10th with an Artists’ Reception at The Antoine Dutot Gallery and Museum featuring works created by numerous artists exploring a variety of medium all centering on the “Music Motif Show” central theme which was (as the exhibition‘s title suggests) music. A number of people waited outside the gallery as the final preparations were made for their entry.

It was during this waiting period that the first of many new additions to the festival made itself known. The Classical Trio “Calliope” (consisted of Laura Goss on Basson along with Gina Bertucci and Barbara McMahon on Flute) performed outside the gallery. The enthrallment of the Classical and Baroque movements almost enticed them to stay even when the long awaited moment of the gallery opening its doors occurred. However, once they found the will power to leave this musical entreatment, they soon found their explorations of the Dutot’s a very worthy endeavor.

A wall singing the delightful tunes of colors and images transfixed those who were fortunate to cast their gaze upon them. The atmosphere was electrifying which increased as the enchanting energies of conversation and delicious foods enhanced the evening’s event. One felt a shear joy while experiencing the work and the camaraderie of those who love the festival and were overjoyed with the event that opened it.

The “Music Motif” Show has long been a part of COTA and features a juried show inviting artists throughout the Pocono Area and beyond to share their talents with the gallery. Jurors for this year’s exhibition were Steve Berger, James Gloria, and Joni Oye-Benintende. Although the work presented was of the highest quality, special awards were given to those artists listed below. Their endeavors were truly outstanding and, as a representative of The Forwardian Arts Society, I congratulate them and I encourage all who read this to share their congratulatory sentiments as a comment to this article.

The Best of Show was given to Garth Woods for his photographic piece titled, “Spencer Reed.” The 1st place award in Photography was given to  Francine Douaihy for her work titled, “Philly Groove” while the 2nd place award went to Bud Nealy for his work titled, “Marko.” The 1st place award in Painting was given to Ka-Son Reeves for his work titled, “Jazz in Space” while the 2nd place award went to Bob Doney. The 1st place award in Crafts was given to Lenore Fiore Mills for her work in Batik titled, “Bastille Day at Cercle Rouge” while June Auger was awarded Honorable Mention for her Quilt titled, “JAZZ.”

The Antoine Dutot Museum and Gallery is an Art Gallery and Museum housed in a brick school house build around the year 1850. The Museum focuses on the local history Delaware Water Gap, PA which was settled by Antoine Dutot which gave the town its original name “Dutotsville.” The French flavor of the early settlers can still be seen in Delaware Water Gap’s architecture. This and the prevalence of Jazz has led some to dub the town as “the New Orleans of the Poconos.”

The Gallery features a variety of exhibitions throughout the summer and early fall months featuring an eclectic array of artists whose qualities enhance the community through their talents. The “Music Motif Show” continues until September 19th. The next exhibition will feature the work of Arthur Kvarnstrom with an Artist’s Reception on Friday September 24th beginning at 7pm and continuing until October 10th. Please Explore The Antoine Dutot Gallery and Museum Website at www.dutotmuseum.com or call them at 570-476-4240 for more information.

The first day of the festival continued with an evening filled with music, theatre, dance, and poetry at The Presbyterian Church of the Mountain (PCOM) located across the street from The Dutot. This presentation has long been part of COTA and has become well known for the grace, beauty, and burlesque aspects of the performances. This festival proved to be no exception as expectations were not only satisfied but were exceeded beyond imagination.{readmorelink}...Read more{/readmorelink}

MILFORD, Pa. — Six Delaware Valley High School band members participated last month in the 33nd annual Celebration of the Arts Jazz Festival in Delaware Water Gap, Pa.

Josh Smith, Jason Sandonato, Emily Fox, Ian Walack, Tyler Williams and Nadege Hoeper represented the Delaware Valley music department in the Celebration of the Arts (COTA) Honors Jazz ensemble.

The group, called the COTA Cats, was founded in 1981 by festival founder and world-famous saxophonist Phil Woods. This group is composed of jazz students from all over northeastern Pennsylvania.

Starting in early August, the group began the season with intensive three-hour rehearsals in preparation for the prime-time performance at the COTA jazz festival in September.

Under the direction of Lance Rauh and Ryan Curchoe, the band performed a program of six selections. The program included compositions and arrangments written or arranged specifically for the COTA Cats past and present.

by Michael Lello - Weekender Editor

To say the organizers of the Celebration of the Arts Jazz Festival — commonly known as COTA — are in a unique situation would be quite an understatement. The annual event, which will take place in Delaware Water Gap for the 33rd time this weekend, has survived despite a decision to eschew outside sponsorship since day one. The festival also has had the luxury of being located in a town teeming with musical talent.

“Everybody has to have some kind of local connection to be on the festival. We don’t go out and look for bands of international notoriety,” said Rick Chamberlain, a COTA cofounder. “We have international notoriety right here.”

Chamberlain’s fellow founder, Delaware Water Gap resident Phil Woods, is a renowned jazz saxophonist who will again perform at COTA this year. Fellow sax standout Dave Liebman, who also lives in the area, is on the bill, too. Both have been named National Endowment of the Arts Jazz Masters — the highest honor bestowed in the United States on jazz musicians. In late August, the New York Times published an article about Liebman.

August 27, 2010 - NEW YORK TIMES

 

WHEN the National Endowment for the Arts gives the 2011 N.E.A. Jazz Masters Award to the saxophonist David Liebman in January, it will represent more to him than a personal achievement. It will also mark the establishment’s de facto validation of the fusion aesthetic, he said, because few, if any, of the 118 other award recipients since 1982 have been as strongly identified with fusion and its challenge to mainstream jazz conventions as he has.

“It got a really bad rap for years, the fusion thing, no question about it. Miles got killed for it,” he said, referring to Miles Davis. “Suddenly it’s become the holy grail. ‘Oh boy, he was there before everyone.’ Of course he was. We knew that.”

2010posterThe Delaware Water Gap Celebration of the Arts (COTA) is proud to announce that it has selected the artwork of Andrei Protsouk for its 2010 festival poster.

Andrei Protsouk was born in Donetsk, Ukraine where his obvious talent found him at the Donetsk Art School, and then to the Lugansk School of Fine Art. Later on, Andrei was recommended to the prestigious Repine Academy of Art in St. Petersburg.

Moving to the United States in 1994, Andrei found inspiration in his new experiences as an émigré. Exposure to the exciting and often strange culture infused his works with a liveliness characterized by bright colors and a dance of images part real and part fantastic.
Andrei has displayed his art in many exhibitions around the world and his works are a part of private and corporate collections.

The poster is widely displayed throughout the Tri-State area, and is the primary marketing tool of COTA. In addition to the poster, the design is used on the official COTA tee shirt, as well as the brochure and program.

The 33rd Annual Celebration of the Arts will feature the music of Nancy Reed and Spencer Reed, Bob Dorough, the COTA Festival Orchestra featuring a tribute to the 30th year of the COTA Cats, Matt Vashlishan, Urbie Green, the 2010 COTA Cats: Edition XXX, Bobby Avey, and the Jazz Artists Repertory Orchestra (J.A.R.O.), just to name a few.

For additional information about the COTA festival, please visit the website at www.cotajazz.org or contact COTA at (570) 424-2210.

The Delaware Water Gap Celebration of the Arts is presented in cooperation with the Borough of Delaware Water Gap, Castle Hill Development, Inc, and the Delaware River Joint Toll Bridge Commission.

THE 2010 COTA POSTER IS NOW AVAILABLE FOR PURCHASE IN OUR STORE. CLICK HERE

 DSC8653The Delaware Water Gap Celebration of the Arts Festival is still recruiting volunteers to assist at Festiva. Volunteer positions include hospitality, production, set up, security, and office assistance. This is an exciting and fun way to experience the COTA Festival from behind the scenes and meet new people.

  • Why Should You Volunteer? By volunteering for COTA, you participate in an incredible event in our community, make new friends, socialize and have fun! Join us in welcoming the many visitors and residents who celebrate the Festival each year.
  • Who Can Sign Up? We are looking for friendly, helpful, reliable volunteers to help with this exciting festival. Volunteers 18 and over are welcome.
  • What Will You Have To Do? Volunteers are asked to assist in various areas including but not limited to event set-up, visitor interaction, security, and site maintenance (see list below)
  • How Do You Register? To volunteer for the Delaware Water Gap Celebration of the Arts Festival, use our on-line contact form or come to the next meeting! (meeting dates and times are found on the front page of the web site)

 

Program Ad Sales Manager-Person needed to oversee the whole process of selling and collecting ads for the program and also collect and reconcile the money paid

Program Ad Salesperson-Person needed to physically go out and acquire new advertisers for our program

Back gate workers-Person will deal with signing in musicians and volunteers, help with directions and give out necessary supplies. Requires time on your feet, shifts are 2 hour intervals

Front gate workers-Person will sell tickets, help with wrist bands or sign people in. Shifts are 2 hour intervals and are standing shifts

Security-People needed to help oversee the festival and make sure everyone is adhering to the rules. Security also helps with parking. This is a labor intensive job and most volunteers do full days but full days are not required.

Physical plant-Person needed for general overseeing of the sight prior to the festival, setting up the site the days before and clean up afterwards. We always need extra people for clean up day in August, the Friday before the festival and the day after for clean up. Job is physically demanding. Mostly weekend work but only a couple of times per year.

Marketing/PR personnel-Person with prior experience preferred, writers that know how to target the media and can help us further our marketing efforts

Administrative-Person to pick up mail and distribute, retrieve voice messages, and do general admin stuff. Ex. Address letters and mailings, database upkeep, etc. Help stuff packets, return phone calls and do follow up phone calls for various departments. Year-round position.

 

 

This Friday, jazz lovers have a good opportunity to support the Delaware Water Gap Celebration of the Arts retain its local flavor and identity.

The annual jazz festival, held on the second weekend of each September, is struggling to stay solvent. Bad weather hit in 2008 and again in 2009, reducing attendance and hitting revenues hard. A fundraising event this Friday evening at the Willowtree Inn in Stroudsburg aims to help.

Festival organizers are hoping to drum up enough donations to avoid seeking major corporate sponsors, who might want their name front and center, or who would impose a more commercial flavor to what's always been an all-volunteer, all-arts festival. A number of businesses have offered anywhere from $3,000 to $15,000 as sponsors. But organizers don't want to cede control, or possibly even change the event's name.

There are many such examples: The former Garden State Arts Center is now called PNC Bank Arts Center, and could be anywhere. Likewise the Pittsburgh Pirates used to play in Three Rivers Stadium, a geographical reference to the Allegheny, Monongahela and Ohio rivers' confluence in their host city. Now, thanks to the bank's generous sponsorship, they play in PNC Park. It's a beautiful new ball park, but its name connotes nothing about Pittsburgh or its storied baseball team. It could be anywhere, too.

Devotees of the Poconos' rich jazz community founded the festival more than 30 years ago. Each year they showcase the finest in performers, from the Gap's own Grammy-winning saxophonist Phil Woods to promising newcomers like Jay Rattman. The festival organization fosters young musicians through the summer COTA jazz camp, and the COTA Cats band, comprising local students, anchors part of the performance schedule each year. Volunteers organize and run the festival, but it runs close to $60,000 for equipment, musicians' fees and other costs. Still, organizers fiercely defend the festival's independence and unique name.

Friday's fundraiser will include an art auction featuring more than 25 works donated by the artists. The event begins at 6 p.m., with the auction starting at 8 p.m. The $30 admission includes hors d'oeuvres.

Delaware Water Gap Celebration of the Arts supporters don't want to lose their beloved name, and if the Pocono Mountains community shows a sense of civic pride through willing donations, they won't have to.

Courtesy Pocono Record
By Michael Sadowski Pocono Record Writer May 12, 2010 12:00 AM

Everything with a name is for sale these days.

But for years, one thing that decidedly wasn't on the market was the Celebration of the Arts (COTA) jazz festival in Delaware Water Gap every September.

Festival organizers are facing a dilemma for this year's festival and for the future as they continue to turn down the offers of corporate sponsorship and keep the event a Poconos original.

"That's the way it was intended when it started," said Lauren Chamberlain, president of the COTA board of directors. "And that's the way we want to keep it. It's always been local and independent."

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