Clem DeRosa

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Clem DeRosa (also Clem de Rosa , * 20th May 1925 ; † 20th December 2011 in Texas ) was an American jazz - drummer , arranger , band leader and music teacher .

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DeRosa was already playing with well-known jazz musicians in the New York area at the age of 15; at 18, his career was interrupted by military service in World War II. During this time he played in Glenn Miller's Air Corps bands . After his discharge from the army he worked as a professional drummer and played in the 1950s a. a. with Charles Mingus ( Jazzical Moods 1954), Marian McPartland , Teo Macero , Teddy Wilson , Thad Jones , Ben Webster , Clark Terry , Phil Woods , Coleman Hawkins , Dennis Sandole , Wally Cirillo / John LaPorta ( In Conceptions 1957), Kenyon Hopkins and Bobby Hackett .

At the Juilliard School he studied composition and orchestral conducting; at the Manhattan School of Music he then earned a master's degree. In the following years he worked in music education; DeRosa became one of the defining figures in jazz music education in the 1960s. DeRosa co-founded and chaired the National Association of Jazz Educators , which eventually became the International Association of Jazz Educators (IAJE). In this role he worked at Stan Kenton as a lecturer at the Stan Kenton Clinics with Gene Hall and Leon Breeden . He has taught at the Columbia University faculty . He has performed with student jazz ensembles on Johnny Carson and Merv Griffin's television shows . Many of his students became members of his One O'Clock Lab bands , which he led at North Texas State College in the 1960s. He received an honorary doctorate from Five Towns College; In 1990 he was inducted into the IAJE Hall of Fame .

After he retired in 1980, he worked primarily as a band leader. DeRosa directed the Glenn Miller Orchestra , whose recording In the Digital Mood for GRP Records received a gold record ; he also directed the ghost bands Jimmy Dorsey Orchestra and the Dorsey Brothers Orchestra. From the 1990s he directed the New York City Big Band .

He is also the co-author of several books he wrote with Mel Lewis , Dick Hyman , Michael Moore, and Ed Shaughnessy . Shortly before his death, he moved from New Jersey to Texas, where he lived with his wife near his son Richard (* 1955), who is also a drummer and music teacher.

Discographic notes

  • Clem DeRosa - Pioneer of Jazz Education
  • The Sandole Brothers & Guests (Zyx Music, 1955, ed. 2001)

Publications (selection)

  • Dick Hyman, Clem DeRosa: It's Time for Some Piano Changes . Kendor Music, Delevan 1980, OCLC 7807113 .
  • Clem DeRosa, Mel Lewis: It's Time: For the Big Band Drummer. Kendor Music, Delevan 1978, OCLC 41748697 .
  • Clem DeRosa, Ed Shaughnessy: Show Drumming: The Essential Guide to Playing Drumset for Live Shows and Musicals. Hal Leonard Corp, 2004
  • Clem DeRosa, Michael Moore: The Michael Moore bass method. Rottenburg (Tübingen): Advance Music Products, 2002

Web links

Individual evidence

  1. a b Obituary in University of North Texas ( Memento of the original from April 7, 2014 in the Internet Archive ) Info: The archive link was inserted automatically and has not yet been checked. Please check the original and archive link according to the instructions and then remove this notice.  @1@ 2Template: Webachiv / IABot /
  2. ^ The Boston composers project: a bibliography of contemporary music
  3. Alex Stewart: Making the scene: contemporary New York City big band jazz
  4. Leornard Feather & Ira Gitler. The Biographical ENCYCLOPEDIA of Jazz