Jazz at ESU

Performance * Studies * History * Outreach * Appreciation

They're all a part of the rich jazz experience at East Stroudsburg University of Pennsylvania. In addition to the music degrees offered at ESU, including concentrations in jazz, students have access to a robust jazz research archive, jazz studies courses and ensembles, and can enjoy numerous "up close and personal" experiences with both regional and world-renowned jazz professionals.


Zoot Fest

Zoot Fest is a major annual fundraising event to benefit the Al Cohn Memorial Jazz Collection and its important outreach initiatives, particularly the ESU Jazz Synergy Series and Library Alive Concerts. A portion of the ticket proceeds will also benefit COTA CampJazz via a donation to the Delaware Water Gap Celebration of the Arts Fund for Young Musicians.

For more information about the lineup and schedule for Zoot Fest, click here.


CZoot Fest 2014


Al Cohn Memorial Jazz Collection

Al CohnThe Al Cohn Memorial Jazz Collection was established in 1988 to honor the life and legacy of "Mr. Music," Al Cohn – saxophonist, arranger, composer and Pocono neighbor. The collection is located on the ground level of ESU's Kemp Library and consists of donated jazz recordings, books, periodicals, oral histories, sheet music manuscripts and digital engravings, art, photographs, memorabilia and ephemera. All styles and eras of jazz are represented in the Collection, with a special emphasis on the preservation and documentation of Al Cohn's music, his long-time association with Zoot Sims, and the contributions of the many jazz musicians considered to be influences, colleagues, disciples, admirers and friends of Al.

Materials in the collections are available year-round to students, researchers, musicians, journalists, educators and jazz enthusiasts, and are used as part of the ACMJC's outreach activities, such as the publication and world-wide distribution of The NOTE magazine three times per year.

For more information, visit the ACMJC pages on the Kemp Library website at www.esu.edu/alcohncollection.



The NOTE, launched in September 1989, is published two times a year by the Al Cohn Memorial Jazz Collection as part of its educational outreach program. Featuring regular columns by Phil Woods ("Phil in The Gap") and David Liebman, oral history interviews, essays, photographs, humor and much more, The NOTE is distributed free to a worldwide readership which, in turn, helps to support its publication via voluntary donations.

To get on the mailing list for The NOTE, send an email with your complete postal address to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .


University Singers

Selected from members of Concert Choir, University Singers is an auditioned group of 10-14 singers with rhythm section specializing in jazz and pop music. It is under the direction of Dr. James Maroney. In addition to concerts on campus every semester, the group performs at numerous community functions.

For more information, visit Dr. Maroney's website at www.esu.edu/jmaroney


David Liebman's Saxophone Master Class and Workshop

David LiebmanNEA Jazz Master David Liebman's teaching activities at universities and in clinic settings have taken him literally around the world as a result of his varied musical directions and expertise on several instruments, along with his ability to articulate the intricacies of the jazz language, aesthetic and technique. In 1989, he founded the International Association of Schools of Jazz (IASJ), an organization dedicated to networking educators and students from international jazz schools through periodic meetings, exchange programs and newsletters. Liebman serves as the Artistic Director of the IASJ. Since 1987, Dave has conducted a week-long workshop every summer at East Stroudsburg University, alternating each year between a Saxophone Master Class and a week spent entirely on the concepts described in his book, A Chromatic Approach to Jazz Harmony and Melody (Advance Music). Both classes attract seriously motivated, high-caliber jazz performers from around the globe to come to ESU to study with this respected saxophonist and master musician.

For more information, visit Dave Liebman's website at www.daveliebman.com


Jazz Programs on WESS 90.3 FM


Alternating Currents
8 A.M. to 9 A.M.
Hosted by Steve Krawitz, a sonic exploration of creative acoustic, electronic, new age, ambient, world and space music.

Jazz for the Common Man
9 A.M. to Noon
Hosted by Steve Krawitz, spotlighting regional, national and international jazz artists and groups with occasional interviews, topical sets, the Complete Jazz Album, Artist's Choice specials, listener requests and the Live Jazz Performance Calendar.

WESS 90.3 FM can be heard on the web


Make a Gift

The Al Cohn Memorial Jazz Collection at ESU needs your support!


To donate via check or money order, mail to:

East Stroudsburg University Foundation
200 Prospect St.
East Stroudsburg, PA  18301-9987


Please make all checks payable to
"ESU Foundation – ACMJC"


To make a gift using the ESU Foundation's secure online giving form, go to www.esufoundation.org/givenow then click on "Give Now." Be sure to choose "Al Cohn Memorial Jazz Collection" from the Designation drop down box.


To donate materials, please call the Collection Coordinator at 570-422-3828 or send email to alcohncollection@esu.edu.


For more info about the ACMJC, visit www.esu.edu/alcohncollection.