Memorial Service for Clem DeRosa Held Monday, May 21, 2012
Preceding the ceremonies, recorded music was played. First was an album that Clem's band at Walt Whitman High School recorded nearly 50 years ago of a suite that Clem composed to honor his graduating musicians; year after year, until none were left. Clem called the suite "And Then There Were None," very Kentonesque, to say the least. And even more profound since Clem was the last surviving founder of IAJE. Rich DeRosa's moving "Requiem (for a loving father)" followed.
Marvin Stamm, the final speaker and performer, also referred to Clem's caliber as a human being and his wonderful abilities as a teacher, another theme repeated by previous speakers and performers including AJV Board member Justin DiCioccio, Ted Rosenthal, Joe Randazzo, Gerard D'Angelo, Frank Wagner, Dick Oatts, and Garry Dial. Following his remarks, Marvin played a solo rendition of "Body and Soul." Out there, musically naked; both the remarks and the performance touched my heart.
(Incidentally, Marvin Stamm will appear in the Berkshires in early June, as Paul Winter re-forms a sextet including four of his original members. I'll be out of town and will miss the performance. Aaargh.)
Below was emailed by jazz DJ Jim Compton-Schmidt who has been collecting and airing student/youth jazz recordings including contributions from AJV's Justin DiCioccio (Manhattan School of Music), Clem DeRosa (various schools and ages) and Rich DeRosa (University of North Texas).