Representing all forms of jazz from all eras, the Al Cohn Memorial Jazz Collection was founded and named in honor of the award-winning Al Cohn — legendary saxophonist, arranger, composer and conductor.
The collection is housed in Kemp Library on the campus of East Stroudsburg University of Pennsylvania and consists of jazz recordings, oral histories, sheet music, photographs, books, videos, and original art and memorabilia generously donated over the years by its many supporters. You can learn more about the ACMJC at About the Collection.
About Al Cohn provides a brief biographical overview of this award-winning, world-renowned musician.
The ACMJC also includes some special collections: Pocono Jazz Heritage, Zoot Sims, John Bunch, Eddie Safranski, Coover Gazdar, and most recently the Jimmy Amadie Collection. Read more about these at Special Collections.
East Stroudsburg University of Pennsylvania enjoys a proud history of jazz offered to both students and the general public. Zoot Fest is held annually and is a day to celebrate the music of Al Cohn and Zoot Sims. ESU also offers specialty concerts in the spring in support of the Collection. See Jazz at ESU for more information.
To date, the ACMJC has proudly published five volumes in the Jazz Family Album series, featuring hundreds of photographs of jazz greats taken by equally great professional jazz photographers. ACMJC also publishes its free newsletter, The NOTE, twice a year. See Publications for more information, and Order Form to purchase copies of Jazz Family Albums.
We depend on supporters to fund our preservation efforts and help keep this worthwhile collection going. If you can help in any way, please visit How to Donate.
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