Special Collections

Within the Al Cohn Memorial Jazz Collection are a number of special collections:

Pocono Jazz Heritage Collection

The Pocono Mountains region of northeastern Pennsylvania has boasted a fertile jazz community for decades. Dozens of acclaimed jazz musicians and singers have called this region home, along with numerous clubs, recording studios and other jazz-related businesses. The Pocono Jazz Heritage Collection maintains this rich history through recordings, documents and photographs. In addition, this collection includes audio and video tapes of East Stroudsburg University’s campus offerings which feature both regional and world-renowned jazz artists.

Eddie Safranski Collection

Honored with numerous awards for both his big band and small group performances (DownBeat, Metronome and Esquire), Eddie Safranski was best known for playing with the Stan Kenton and Charlie Barnet orchestras in the 1940s. He worked as a music director for NBC in the 1950s and 1960s, and later taught and played freelance. This collection is comprised of Safranski’s personal materials.

Coover Gazdar Collection

A lifelong lover of jazz, Coover Gazdar was a highly-regarded jazz record collector and author. His discographies cover the recordings of Oscar Pettiford (First Bass) and Wardell Gray (Easy Swing). India was home to Gazdar, but he traveled the world extensively as a marketing executive. Through these trips, along with purchases by mail and through contacts with fellow record collectors, Gazdar amassed a collection of almost 1600 LPs, 800 cassette tapes and numerous books. Following his untimely death in 1998, his family generously donated his collection to the Al Cohn Memorial Jazz Collection for the benefit of jazz researchers, students and enthusiasts.