CLEM DEROSA ARCHIVES
The Jazz Loft was happy to welcome the DeRosa family for a visit to celebrate the addition and unveiling of the Clem DeRosa Archives in the Jazz Loft Library. Present were Clem's wife Shirley, son Richard, and other family members from as far as New Jersey and Texas. Clem was a leading force and pioneer of Jazz Education in the public schools, a prolific arranger, composer, and a much sought after and in demand drummer whose sound can be heard on iconic albums with the likes of Charles Mingus, Coleman Hawkins, Thad Jones, John LaPorta and others. Influential in formalizing jazz music education, DeRosa was co-founder and chairman of the National Association of Jazz Educators, the forerunner of the International Association for Jazz Education (IAJE). Through the NAJE, DeRosa taught with the Stan Kenton Clinics where he collaborated with Kenton and other jazz education pioneers. He taught at the Teachers College, Columbia University and was inducted into the IAJE Hall of Fame.
The Jazz Loft is honored to be the keepers of the Clem DeRosa Archives which include DeRosa's recordings, numerous scrap books, articles written for major publications, as well as many of his awards and honors. As part of the Jazz Loft's educational component the collection will be available for study and research by music educators and will also be showcased during tours as well as workshops throughout the year specifically for music educators.