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Do you want to know who Dizzy Gillespie  idolized? Did you ever wonder who inspired Kenny Clarke and Art Blakey? Who was the pianist that mentored Monk, Bud Powell, Tad Dameron, Elmo Hope, Sarah Vaughan and Mel Torme? Who was Art Tatum’s idol and Nat Cole’s mentor? What musical quartet pioneered the concept adopted later by the Modern Jazz Quartet? Were you ever curious to know who taught saxophone to Stanley Turrentine or who taught piano to Ahmad Jamal? What community music school trained Robert McFerrin, Sr. for his history-making debut with the Metropolitan Opera? What virtually unknown pianist was a significant influence on young John Coltrane, Shirley Scott, McCoy Tyner, Bobby Timmons and Ray Bryant when he moved to Philadelphia from Pittsburgh in the 1940s?  Would you be surprised to know that Erroll Garner attended classes at the Julliard School of Music in New York and was at the top of his class in writing and arranging proficiency?

 

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Jazz and Java Jam at Niko's Coffee House

January 28, 2011 from 7:30pm to 9:30pm
Join Valve Trombonist Clem Rolin, Kevin Clark/Piano, Troy Campbell/sax, Deb Weible/drums and friends for a Friday night Jazz and Java Jam at Niko's Coffee House
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Jazz and Java Jam at Niko's Coffee House

January 28, 2011 from 7:30pm to 9:30pm
Join Valve Trombonist Clem Rolin, Kevin Clark/Piano, Troy Campbell/sax, Deb Weible/drums and friends for a Friday night Jazz and Java Jam at Niko's Coffee House
Jan 26, 2011
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Jazzy Christmas Jam at Niko's Coffee House

December 17, 2010 from 7:30pm to 9pm
Join valve trombonist Clem Rolin, Pianist Kevin Clark, Tenor sax Troy Campbell and friends at at Niko's Coffee House for a Jazzy Christmas Jam this coming Friday, December 17. Bring your horn!!See More
Dec 16, 2010
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Jazzy Christmas Jam at Niko's Coffee House

December 17, 2010 from 7:30pm to 9pm
Join valve trombonist Clem Rolin, Pianist Kevin Clark, Tenor sax Troy Campbell and friends at at Niko's Coffee House for a Jazzy Christmas Jam this coming Friday, December 17. Bring your horn!!See More
Dec 16, 2010
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Jazzy Christmas Jam at Niko's Coffee House

December 17, 2010 from 7:30pm to 9pm
Join valve trombonist Clem Rolin, Pianist Kevin Clark, Tenor sax Troy Campbell and friends at at Niko's Coffee House for a Jazzy Christmas Jam this coming Friday, December 17. Bring your horn!!See More
Dec 14, 2010
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Clem Rolin and the Jazz All Stars/Robinson Township Autumn Festival at Burkett School Park

September 18, 2010 from 3:30pm to 6pm
The Robinson Township Autumn Festival presents valve trombonist Clem Rolin and Jazz All Stars Rich Mansfield/sax, Kevin Clark/piano. Deb Weible/drums, Vince Gorman/bass at their 8th annual Autumn Festival
Sep 13, 2010
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Clem Rolin and the Jazz All Stars/Robinson Township Autumn Festival at Burkett School Park

September 18, 2010 from 3:30pm to 6pm
The Robinson Township Autumn Festival presents valve trombonist Clem Rolin and Jazz All Stars Rich Mansfield/sax, Kevin Clark/piano. Deb Weible/drums, Vince Gorman/bass at their 8th annual Autumn Festival
Sep 11, 2010
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Clem Rolin and the Jazz All Stars/Robinson Township Autumn Festival at Burkett School Park

September 18, 2010 from 3:30pm to 6pm
The Robinson Township Autumn Festival presents valve trombonist Clem Rolin and Jazz All Stars Rich Mansfield/sax, Kevin Clark/piano. Deb Weible/drums, Vince Gorman/bass at their 8th annual Autumn Festival
Sep 8, 2010
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Jazz and Java Jam at Niko's Coffee House

August 26, 2010 from 7:30pm to 9:30pm
It's Jazz and Java Jam Night at Niko's Coffee House in Robinson this Thursday at 7:30PM. We had an incredible session last time. If you're coming, remember that the jam REALLY gets going on the second set, so STAY!! AND-Bring 'em!Join Clem Rolin, Kevin Clark and friends!!
Aug 25, 2010
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Jazz and Java Jam at Niko's Coffee House

August 26, 2010 from 7:30pm to 9:30pm
It's Jazz and Java Jam Night at Niko's Coffee House in Robinson this Thursday at 7:30PM. We had an incredible session last time. If you're coming, remember that the jam REALLY gets going on the second set, so STAY!! AND-Bring 'em!Join Clem Rolin, Kevin Clark and friends!!
Aug 23, 2010
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Jazz Night at the Modern Cafe at Western Ave. at Galveston

July 24, 2010 from 8pm to 11pm
Join valve trombonist Clem Rolin, pianist Brian Pappal and bassist Vince Gorman in the heart of the Allegheny West community for a night of classic jazz, great food and drink.
Jul 23, 2010
Marva Josie might attend Clem Rolin's event

Jazz Night at the Modern Cafe at Western Ave. at Galveston

July 24, 2010 from 8pm to 11pm
Join valve trombonist Clem Rolin, pianist Brian Pappal and bassist Vince Gorman in the heart of the Allegheny West community for a night of classic jazz, great food and drink.
Jul 19, 2010
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Jazz Night at the Modern Cafe at Western Ave. at Galveston

July 24, 2010 from 8pm to 11pm
Join valve trombonist Clem Rolin, pianist Brian Pappal and bassist Vince Gorman in the heart of the Allegheny West community for a night of classic jazz, great food and drink.
Jul 14, 2010
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Jazz Night at the Modern Cafe at Western Ave. at Galveston

July 24, 2010 from 8pm to 11pm
Join valve trombonist Clem Rolin, pianist Brian Pappal and bassist Vince Gorman in the heart of the Allegheny West community for a night of classic jazz, great food and drink.
Jul 13, 2010
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Jazz at The Modern Cafe at Modern Cafe

June 26, 2010 from 8pm to 11pm
Jazz returns to the North Shore as the Modern Cafe presents Clem Rolin/Vave Trombone, Kevin Clark/Piano and Bruce Wallace/Bass on Saturday June 26 @8PM.
Jun 21, 2010
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St. Andrew's Presents Jazz Concert Night at St. Andrew Lutheran Church

June 20, 2010 from 7pm to 8:15pm
"St. Andrew Presents" Series in Moon TownshipClem Rolin and the Jazz All StarsClem Rolin/Valve Trombone, John Garrick/Piano, Rich Mansfield/Tenor Sax, Deb Weible/drumsSee More
Jun 14, 2010

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Favorite Pittsburgh musicians/performers
Chuck Spatafore
Kevin Clark
Shawn Jones
Ron Bickel
Don Aliquo
Lou Schreiber
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WQED-FM
About Me:
Valve trombonist/bassist/ arranger/conductor, vocalist. Career conductor/director of bands. PMEA Honors Jazz Band conductor 2007,
Montour HS 68-90 Arranger/Director, Washington County Honors band conductor 2004, Conductor/Arranger West Hills Symphonic Band
South Fayette HS 90-03 Arranger/Director
Robert Morris University arranger/director 94-08
Performer since 1961
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At 11:17pm on April 4, 2009, Troy W Campbell said…
Hey buddy it's good to see you join our group I'll see you on the 16th. Troy
At 7:57pm on February 12, 2009, Dr. Nelson Harrison said…
Welcome Clem,

You have deep roots in Pittsburgh so I'm sure you know your way around. this network is where you can post your activities and see what others are doing and have done. We look forward you experiencing your artistry. Make some friends and we'll see you out and about. Thanks for joining.

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