Delaware Water Gap Jazz Festival

The Arts — By on August 1, 2006 at 8:27 pm

The Delaware Water Gap Celebration of the Arts (C.O.T.A.) has scheduled its 29th Annual Jazz and Arts Festival for Friday, September 8, through Sunday, September 10, 2006, in the Borough of Delaware Water Gap (Exit 310 from I-80). At this stage of planning, COTA’s Board of Directors invite those interested in participating in the festival to attend its first general meeting of 2006 on Tuesday, April 11, at 7:30 p.m. at the Deer Head Inn, Main Street and Mountain Road in Delaware Water Gap. Volunteers are welcomed to help in a variety of areas, including advertising, COTA Booth, publicity, security, entrance gate, and stage crew. The festival began spontaneously in 1978 as the brainstorm of three local residents, Grammy-Award-winning saxophonist Phil Woods, Rick Chamberlain, now principal trombonist with the New York City Ballet, and the late Ed Joubert. A few hundred surprised music lovers came out that year to hear such jazz notables as Woods, the late Al Cohn, Bill Goodwin, and Steve Gilmore, and a tradition took root. Always an all-volunteer event, and still known for its intimate community spirit, the COTA Festival now attracts nearly 4,000 fans over the weekend.

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