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DeRosa, Richard (Jerome)

DeRosa, Richard (Jerome), composer, arranger, drummer, university professor; b. Huntington, NY, 25 November 1955. His father, Clem DeRosa, is a noted jazz educator, conductor, drummer, arranger who has recorded with Charles Mingus. His mother is Shirley DeRosa. His sister, Dianne DeRosa, is a music teacher who plays baritone sax and clarinet. His brother, Gary DeRosa, is a rock musician, playing keyboards and doing vocals. He earned a Master of Music degree in Jazz/commercial Composition from Manhattan School of Music and a Bachelor of Music degree in Music Education from New Jersey City University. Inducted into Who's Who Among America's Teachers in 1994.

He's toured and/or recorded with Gerry Mulligan Bob Brookmeyer Marian McPartland Peter Nero, Garry Dial, Dick Oatts, Jerry Dodgion, Jackie & Roy, Susannah McCorkle, Randy Sandke, Chris Potter, Conrad Herwig, Greg Gisbert, Alexander Gafa, Bucky Pizzarelli, Ken Peplowski,  Howard Alden, Steve LaSpina, Christopher Gines, John Gabriel, Eric Comstock, Harry Sheppard, Chuck Wayne, Jay Leonhart, Mary Wooten, Andy Stein, and the Manhattan School of Music Jazz Orchestra.

He's a professor at William Paterson University. He's been head of jazz comp/arr. since 1999 (Tenured faculty).

He married Julie Geiger on March 1, 1980. His daughter Martina was born on April 18, 1986. He separated from Julie in 1997 and divorced in 2000. He re-married on June 7, 2001 to Hilary Kole (co-creator and co-star of the award-winning, off-Broadway musical revue, Our Sinatra).

Recordings:
Jamie Baum: Sitting Still (2002); Tom Butts/Chuck Wayne: Alberta Clipper (1997); Eric Comstock: All Hart: Songs of Lorenz Hart (2000); James L. Dean: Ceora (1992); Dial & Oatts: Brassworks (1990); Jocelyn Enriquez: Jocelyn (1997); Mike Freeman & Spellbound: Mike Freeman & Spellbound (1985); Fred Fried: When Winter Comes (2003); John Gabriel: From John with Love (1998); Christopher Gines: The Way It Goes (2001); Nancy Harrow: Street of Dreams (1988); Jackie & Roy: Alec Wilder Collection (1990), Forever (1995); Mel Lewis Jazz Orchestra: 20 Years at the Village Vanguard (1985); Manhattan School of Music...: Salutes the Arrangers: Then and Now... (1995); Susannah McCorkle: From Bessie to Brazil (1993), From Broadway to Bebop (1994), Easy to Love: The Songs of Cole... (1995), Let's Face the Music: The Songs of (1996), Someone to Watch over Me: Songs of (1998), From Broken Hearts to Blue Skies (1999), Ballad Essentials (2002); Glenn Miller Orchestra: Up Where We Belong (1984);   Gerry Mulligan: Walk on the Water (1980), Lonesome Boulevard (1988), Symphonic Dreams  (1984); Sarah Partridge: I'll Be Easy to Find (1998); Cole Porter: Cole Porter Songbook  (1997); Harry Sheppard: Symbiosis (1982); Various Artists: Happy Anniversary, Charlie Brown! (1987); Various Artists: Jazz Celebration: a Tribute to Carl Jefferson... (1996)

Bibliography:
Author of Concepts for Improvisation - A Comprehensive Guide for Performing and Teaching (published by Hal Leonard in 1997)

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