[JPL] Clem DeRosa, R.I.P.

EdBride at aol.com EdBride at aol.com
Wed Dec 21 16:09:22 EST 2011


 
This may be a little off-topic  for JPL, but those who are educators or who 
collaborate with educators will be  saddened by the news of the passing of 
jazz education pioneer and  one-time leader and drummer Clem DeRosa. Clem's 
son Rich reports  that Clem passed away in his sleep last night.
 
The world of jazz education  owes much to Clem, as do all followers of big 
band jazz. Besides his work  as a composer, performer, educator and author, 
he was a co-founder and past  president of IAJE, having served on the 
initial faculty of the Kenton Stage Band  Camps.
 
Clem's latest endeavor is  American Jazz Venues, a non-profit organization 
that he established about  10 years ago, with the goal of presenting this 
music to new, younger audiences,  and thereby grow a new generation of jazz 
fans. The musical voice of AJV is the  American Jazz Repertory Orchestra, 
which appeared at the 2010 Pittsfield  CityJazz Festival (among other places). 
The band also appeared at Villanova  University earlier this year, to 
commemorate the 50th anniversary of the  Villanova Jazz Festival, which Clem had 
supported many times and in many  capacities over the generations.
 
At the time of his  passing, Clem had moved from New Jersey to Texas, where 
he and his wife could be  near to his son Richard, who is chair of the Jazz 
Composition Department at the  University of North Texas (I may have 
botched the title, but not by  much). Clem had announced that he was stepping down 
from the  presidency of AJV, and at the next Board meeting a transition 
plan was (and  is) to be put into place
 
R.I.P., Clem. God bless you and  your good work,
Ed



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