Third Zoot Fest Coming to East Stroudsburg, Pennsylvania Nov. 10

Scheduled performers include Joe Lovano, Joe Locke, Dave Liebman and more

Al Cohn
Al Cohn and Zoot Sims, Newport 1966

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The third edition of Zoot Fest will be held in the Keystone Room at East Stroudsburg University in East Stroudsburg, Penn., on Nov. 10 from noon until 6 p.m. The festival honors the musical partnership of Zoot Sims and Al Cohn and will be a major fundraising 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.

Among the musicians scheduled to perform are 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…

Opening Remarks by ESU President Marcia Welsh will be followed by a musical greeting and tribute to Sims and Cohn 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,” will be next. Joining the panel will be ex-Woody Herman band mates Joe Lovano and Jim Daniels and other special guests.

A workshop discussion and performance of music for saxes and rhythm, composed and arranged by Al Cohn in the tradition of Woody’s Second Herd, will follow. Another Four Others will feature Lew Tabackin, Joe Lovano, Adam Niewood on tenors; Jay Rattman on bari, Skip Wilkins on piano, Evan Gregor on bass and Tom Whaley on 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 by Bill Goodwin. Old friends and special guests Woods, Cohn, Crow, Liebman, Dorough and others will perform.

Next, vibraphonist Joe Locke and his group will perform. The afternoon will conclude with “Library Alive,” music from the Al Cohn Memorial Collection, performed by Phil Woods and the COTA Festival Orchestra.

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.

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