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September 25, 2013
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Contact – Colette LaMarche
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
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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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