2012 Schedule

WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 5

 

7:30 TO 10:00PM - CD RELEASE PARTY

Bob Dorough Duets

Bob Dorough Duets

Bob Dorough - DUETS
The Deer Head Inn, Main Street, Delaware Water Gap.
570-424-2000
$30 Admission, includes CD 

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 7pm.

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. Reservations suggested.

more information HERE

 

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FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 7

 

6:00 TO 8:00PM - OPENING RECEPTION

Music Motif Art Show

Music Motif Art Show

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

ART ~ FOOD ~ WINE

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

 

7:00 TO 9:30PM - PERFORMANCES

Presbyterian Church of the Mountain
Admission Charge: $10.00

THE MARSHA CAHN CLASSICAL TRIO
Mark Woodyatt - violin
Marsha Cahn - violn
Dan King - cello

THE SOUND OF STRINGS QUARTET
Olivia Reed
Sophia Rostock
Emily Geiger
Joe Snyder

THE TOTTS GAP DANCERS
Maeve Godshalk
Laura Buzzard
Rose Gloria
Emily Perkins
Francesca Mariano
Angeline Wolf

THE MILLER SISTERS 4
Lachelle Lee Miller
Shayna Miller
Jamaica Miller
Georgia Miller

THE WATER GAP PLAYERS
Dave Hymes
Ann Mathews
Betsy Jackson
Denny Carrig

 

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SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 8

 

ONGOING THROUGHOUT THE DAY

Strolling Musicians:
THE DIXIE GENTS

Bob Leive - trumpet
Rick Chamberlain - trombone
Ray Schweisguth - banjo
Jim Daniels - tuba

 

Children's Area:
Maria Horn - storytelling

Drum Crazy: Sherrie Maricle & Skip Detrick
 

 

 

 

12:00 TO 6:00PM - Music Motif Art Show

Music Motif Art Show

Music Motif Art Show

Music Motif Art Show
The Dutot Museum, Main Street
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

 

 

 

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12:00PM - NIEWOOD PLAYS NIEWOOD

Adam Niewood

Adam Niewood

(The Music of Gerry Niewood)
Adam Niewood - saxophones
Vic Juris - guitar
Tony Marino - bass
Bill Goodwin - drums

In August 2009: I was traveling on tour in Spain with Bill Goodwin.  Midway through our tour, I received an exciting email.  My mother had found 3 spiral-bound notebooks in my dad's study, a grand total of 79 original compositions, written by my late father, Gerry Niewood.  All the charts, handwritten, in pencil.  Erasures and X-ed out ideas.  My dad's thought process, attentional to detail, and ... his passion: all charted on paper.  Specific moods, time-feels, tempos, and arrangements.  I went to dinner that night, and shared this news with the band.  Bill Goodwin said: "Adam, this is serious.  This is your dad's legacy... unfinished business.  We have to record and document all this music for your father.  Who do you want to record the first record with?"  Thinking, if I could record with anyone, who would it be??? ... Jack DeJohnette, John Patitucci, and John Scofield ???  Bill Goodwin got in touch with all three, and a year later, we recorded a selection of my father's compositions, August 15th and 16th 2010.

Saturday September 8th, "Niewood plays Niewood."  Join, Vic Juris (Guitar), Tony Marino (Acoustic Bass), Bill Goodwin (Drums), and Adam Niewood (Saxophones) as they perform selections from the Gerry Niewood SongBook.  

http://www.niewood.com/index.htm

 

1:00PM – CRAIG KASTELNIK & FRIENDS

Craig Kastelnik & Friends

Craig Kastelnik & Friends

Craig Kastelnik - Hammond organ, keyboard, vocals
Pat Flaherty - vocals, percussion
Bill Washer - guitar
Will Calhoun - drums

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

2:00PM - FERNANDO OTERO & NICK DANIELSON

Otero & Danielson

Otero & Danielson

New to COTA this year is the duo of Fernando Otero, piano, and Nick Danielson, violin. 

Mr. Otero was deep into his classical piano studies in his native Buenos Aires when he began to develop a unique and provocative style he called “X Tango”. Acclaimed albums like Pagina de Buenos Aires (2007) and the Latin Grammy Award-Winning  Vital  (2010) combined the improvisatory thrill of jazz with a contemporary classical structure in compositions that were often  fast-paced and intense, full of dramatic stops and starts.
Nick Danielson is the Assistant Concertmaster at New York City Ballet, (performing with COTA co-founder Rick Chamberlain), a member of Orpheus Chamber Orchestra, and a highly regarded musician in the Argentine tango scene. He has performed extensively as a soloist and chamber musician in the North America, Latin America, Europe, Asia and Australia.
 

3:00PM - JARO

JARO

JARO

Wolfgang Knittel - director, piano
Nelson Hill - alto saxophone, clarinet, flute
Paul Kendall, - tenor & soprano saxophones
Pat Turner - tenor saxophone, clarinet, flute
Richard Barz - baritone saxophone, clarinet, bass clarinet
Peter Hyde - trumpet
Patrick Dorian - trumpet
Sean McAnally - trumpet
Richard Chamberlain - trombone
Philip Jones - trombone
John DeVivo - French horn
Paul Rostock- bass
Marko Marcinko - drums
Judy Lincoln, vocals

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, 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.

 

4:00PM - SWEET SUE & DANGEROUS SAX

"Sweet" Sue Terry

"Sweet" Sue Terry

Sue Terry - soprano saxophone
Nelson Hill - alto saxophone
Bob Keller - tenor saxophone
Tom Hamilton - baritone saxophone

 

Yamaha Artist 'Sweet' Sue 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 Sue 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.  

 

 

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5:00PM -COHN GREEN WALSH

Cohn. Green, Walsh

Cohn. Green, Walsh

Joe Cohn - guitar
Jesse Green - piano
Danny Walsh - saxophones
Paul Gill - bass
Tom Whaley - drums

Cohn Green Walsh is a new and exciting group featuring three of today's jazz greats in a rare showcase of incomparable talent, musicality and interaction.

Together with one of the most sought-after jazz bassists in New York, Paul Gill, and the wonderful Tom Whaley on the drums, this group incorporates dazzling elements from the many eras of jazz. With a special guest appearance by Phil Woods and Bob Dorough, this set will surely be one of the exciting features at COTA 2012!

 

 

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6:00PM – NELLIE McKAY

Nellie McKay - piano, ukulele, vocals
Nellie McKay

Nellie McKay

 

Nellie McKay is not easy to categorize. Her music is tuneful and clever as the best of the Great American Songbook - part cabaret, part sparkly pop. But beneath the charming melodic surface is a wit that cuts, and a sharply tuned social conscience.

Nellie's first album was produced by Geoff Emerick, the man who engineered The Beatles' albums from Revolver through Abbey Road. McKay signed on as co-producer and together they recorded 18 songs, forming the double album Get Away From Me, which was greeted with critical raves and placement on many Top 10 lists.

The Washington Post wrote, "McKay's music evokes the lost elegance of pre-Elvis pop because she recognizes that such stylishness and wit are worth pursuing. But these goals inevitably collide with the realities of money, sex and politics, and she documents those collisions in her tongue-in-cheek lyrics, emphatic beats and bubbly melodies."

Of her second album, Pretty Little Head, the Los Angeles Times said, "McKay comes on as a Harlem Holly Golightly, a social activist with a disarming mastery of pop vernacular." Spin noted, "that she succeeds on a record as sophisticated as the self-produced Pretty Little Head is not only a testament to McKay's talent, it's also a tribute to her artistic sense."

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7:00PM - PHIL WOODS AND THE COTA FESTIVAL ORCHESTRA

COTA Festival Orchestra

COTA Festival Orchestra

Phil Woods - alto saxophone, conductor
Nelson Hill - alto saxophone
Matt Vashlishan - alto saxophone
Tom Hamilton - tenor saxophone
Bob Keller - tenor saxophone
Jim Buckley - baritone saxophone
Danny Cahn - trumpet
Eddie Severn - trumpet
Chris Persad - trumpet
Vanessa Meggiolaro - trumpet
Patrick Dorian - trumpet
Rick Chamberlain - trombone
Najwa Parkins - trombone
Sam Burtis - trombone
Jim Daniels - bass trombone
Spencer Reed - guitar
Skip Wilkins - piano
Evan Gregor - bass
Bill Goodwin - drums
Marko Marcinko - drums

The COTA Festival Orchestra first appeared at the Delaware Water Gap Celebration of the Arts in 1988 as the Al Cohn Memorial Orchestra – a tribute to the great (Canadensis resident) tenor saxophonist and arranger. Then, an expansion of the Jazz Artists Repertory Orchestra (JARO), the following year it became its own entity under the leadership of composer/arranger and NYC transplant Dick Cone as “Grandma’s Soup”. In 1991 the band performed another tribute - to Uncle Dicky and the following year marked the first appearance of the COTA Festival Orchestra with guest appearances by Phil Woods and Urbie Green....

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8:00PM - SHEILAMARK BAND

SheilaMark Band

SheilaMark Band

Mark Hamza - Hammond organ
Sheila Stratton - vocals
BIg Dady Dex - guitar & vocals
Rick Statsman - drums

This is a Hammond organ driven, female fronted band. We do Blues, Rock, Zydeco and many popular songs of the day and yesterday.

We have great performers in this band. Mark Hamza is the B3 player, who plays a modified Hammond organ that allows him to play all the bass lines with his feet. Our singer, Sheila Stratton, spotlights the great female Blues and Rock singers from the 40's to the present.

Our guitar player, Big Daddy Dex, is a veteran Blues and Rock singer/guitarist who compliments Sheila's singing. His guitar playing provides a contrast to the organ. Rick Statsman, a graduate of Berklee School of Music, plays drums with uncanny empathy for our band. The SheilaMark Band plays a lively mix of tunes to get the audience up and dancing. We provide a unique and huge sound.

http://www.sheilamarkproductions.com/?section=bio

 

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SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 9

 

ONGOING THROUGHOUT THE DAY

Strolling Musicians:
THE LOST RAMBLERS
John Updike - 5 string banjo
Neil Morris - guitar
Jim Schaffer - bass
Scott Eager - mandolin
H. David Husic - violin

MARK HAMZA
Mark Hamza - accordion

Children's Area:
Maria Horn - storytelling
Rick Peoples - guitar, vocals, storytelling



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10:00AM - JAZZ MASS

COTA Jazz Mass

COTA Jazz Mass

JAZZ MASS
A Celebration of Spirit

Church Service - No Admission Charge
Wolfgang Knittel - composer, conductor, orchestrator, piano
The Reverend Karen Nickels - worship leader
Teresa Marino - choral director
Robert Hartman - choral coordinator
Michele Bautier - vocal soloist
Bob Dorough - vocal soloist
Bonnie Childs - vocal soloist
Nelson Hill - saxophone
Pat Turner - saxophone
Richard Barz - saxophone
Jonathan Searfoss - trumpet, flugelhorn
Vanessa Meggiolaro- trumpet, flugelhorn
Patrick Dorian - trumpet, flugelhorn
Danny Cahn - trumpet, flugelhorn
Rick Chamberlain - composer, trombone, euphonium
Jim Daniels - bass trombone, tuba
Spencer Reed - guitar
Tony Marino - bass
Bob D'Aversa - drums
Ed Hudak - percussion
Bud Nealy - percussion
The JazzMass Choir

“This stunning composition is a tribute to the bonding of the many facets of this rural area. No prudish Puritanism created barriers; rather all segments worked toward a synergism that is remarkable in a time and age of countless divisions. COTA is proud to preserve this very special component of our annual celebration, for it is a true reflection of the creativity, artistic intervention, talent and energy found in our little community and its neighboring environs.” - Robert Lehr, COTA 1995

 

12:00 TO 6:00PM - Music Motif Art Show

Music Motif Art Show

Music Motif Art Show

Music Motif Art Show
The Dutot Museum, Main Street
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

 

 

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12:30PM -DAVID LIEBMAN / NANCY REED & NEIGHBORS

David Liebman - saxophone
Nancy Reed - vocals
Phil Markowitz - piano
Tony Marino - bass
Bill Goodwin - drums
David Liebman

David Liebman

Nancy Reed

Nancy Reed

 

 

1:30PM - BOB DOROUGH & FRIENDS

Bob Dorough

Bob Dorough

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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2:30PM - SPENCER REED "NOT ALL" BLUES BAND

Spencer Reed

Spencer Reed

Spencer Reed - guitar & vocals
Jay Rattman - alto sax & clarinet
Tony Marino - bass
Drew Siciliano - drums

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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3:30PM - COTA CATS VOLUME XXXII

Directors:
Ryan Churchoe
Thomas Fadden
Lance Rauh
Kayte Clogg
Host School - East Stroudsburg South High School

Compositions

 

COTA Cats

COTA Cats

The Cats

 

 

 

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.

Nearly 1,000 have by now gone through the COTA experience – learning to swing in COTA Cats or to improvise at CampJazz, which are life-skills never forgotten and ever useful in the real world. Hundreds of COTAlums are musicians and teachers regenerating this sharing process – giving it back.

This year’s COTA festival proudly presents the 32nd edition of the COTA Cats directed by accomplished area music educators (and some COTAlums) Lance Rauh, Tom Fadden, Ryan Curchoe and Katye Clogg. Each COTA Cat receives thirty-plus hours of free instruction and interaction with professional musicians and composers. A majority of the music performed by the band is commissioned by the Celebration of the Arts, and features compositions by well-known composers/arrangers, COTA Cat alumni, and current COTA Cats.

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4:30PM – FIVE PLAY

Five Play

Five Play

Sherrie Maricle - drums, leader
Jami Dauber - trumpet
Sharel Cassity - saxophone
Tomoko Ohno - piano
Noriko Ueda - bass

 

FIVE PLAY, the sister group of the world-renowned DIVA Jazz Orchestra, was formed in 1999. The quintet is comprised of the large ensemble's rhythm section and two of its foremost soloists.

FIVE PLAY is rooted in the jazz tradition and is fueled and inspired by the members' collective, creative vision to swing through the 21st Century. The quintet's repertoire is comprised of innovative arrangements of classic and contemporary standards, as well as original music composed and arranged by band members. The group's library was conceived to highlight the distinctive styles of each individual and to create a unique, fresh, exciting and powerful ensemble sound.

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5:30PM - ERIC DONEY AND ZACH BROCK

Adam Niewood

Adam Niewood

Eric Doney - piano
Zach Brock - violin

ERIC DONEY
Eric Doney, a graduate of Pen Argyl High School, began classical studies in first grade and gave his first public performance by the age of seven. He started playing jazz in junior high school and began performing professionally at the many Pocono Mountain jazz clubs with local legends such as Al Cohn, Bill Goodwin, and Steve Gilmore. He earned a bachelor of music degree from Susquehanna University.

ZACH BROCK
Zach's performances in Chicago last summer prompted Neil Tesser of the Chicago Examiner to state that Zach is "...the pre-eminent improvising violinist of his generation." Heralded also by the Chicago Tribune as the "great bright hope for jazz violin" and by Downbeat Magazine as a Rising Star pick 2005-2011 in the violin category, Zach is one of the most virtuosic and emotive leaders of contemporary jazz violin. He has forged a unique sound for the violin that incorporates everything from jazz, folk, classical, rock, punk, world and popular music.

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6:30PM - LINEAGE

Lineage

Lineage

David Liebman - saxophone
Michael Stephans - drums
Matt Vashlishan - saxophone
Vic Juris - guitar
Bobby Avey - keyboards
Evan Gregor - bass

The Lineage of Lineage

About twenty years ago, award winning saxophonist David Liebman began making a list of rock and pop songs that he loved and wanted to revisit someday, in order to re-create them in a contemporary series of settings that would be consistent with his approach to improvisational music.

However, the idea of “re-inventing” pop songs didn’t resurface until 2009 when Lieb and drummer/multi-instrumentalistMichael Stephans began talking about their mutual love of the music that they grew up listening to in the late 50’s and 1960’s: Early Elvis, groups like The Platters, The Surfaris, and The Champs, and popular singers like Joni Mitchell, Stevie Wonder, Simon & Garfunkel, and of course, The Beatles.

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