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"I have a dream, that musicians will be known in the Delaware Water Gap, like the trees are known. Something that is forever."
Phil Woods, Co-Founder
DEER HEAD JAZZ ORCHESTRA PRESENTS: A TRIBUTE TO RICHY BARZ
DEER HEAD JAZZ ORCHESTRA PRESENTS
A TRIBUTE TO RICHY BARZ
Monday, January 27, 2014, 7:30–10:30 p.m.
For 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.
Richy also continued his life-long passion for educating younger generations of musicians. To honor his legacy, his colleagues have chosen to dedicate the proceeds from their January 27 performance to establish a Richy Barz Scholarship enabling a young musician to attend COTA CampJazz—the Educational Directive of the COTA organization (COTA-ED).
The Deer Head Jazz Orchestra is composed of members of Phil Woods’ COTA Festival Orchestra and will be augmented by past and present members of JARO led by Wolfgang Knittel, playing from his body of work, “The History of Big Bands.”
The Deer Head doors open at 6:30 p.m.; a minimum donation of $10 is requested; the bar menu will be available. Music is 7:30–10:30 p.m. For further information, call 570-424-2000
2014 Poster Competition
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:
- The poster is vertical
- The size of the artwork is 24 x 18
- The artwork can be in any media
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
Jazz and Arts Festival
September 12th, 13th, and 14th
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.
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