2013 COTA Festival on WVIA-FM

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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2013 Festival Poster Announced

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.


Besides 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

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COTA All Stars 18 Piece Ensemble 2013

COTA All Stars 18 piece ensemble
Last Monday of the Month, 7:30 to 10:30 pm in 2013
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.

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Annual Festival Poster Contest 36th Festival

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 info@cotajazz.org. For further information, please contact Tim Helman at 570-688-7973.

Name – Please Print
City, State, Zip Code
Telephone Number

Andy Leon Memorial Young Teacher Jazz Award Mentorship Program 2013

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

The 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.

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