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

Carol Sudhalter carolsudhalter at hotmail.com
Thu Dec 22 08:09:52 EST 2011


Thank you! A very lovely and accomplished man indeed. I was also under the impression that he was also the dad of baritone saxophonist Dianne DeRosa, whom he once mentioned to me.

> From: EdBride at aol.com
> Date: Wed, 21 Dec 2011 16:09:22 -0500
> To: jazzproglist at jazzweek.com
> Subject: [JPL] Clem DeRosa, R.I.P.
> 
> 
>  
> 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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