Busy Drummer Clarence Penn Takes Time for JAMM!

Interview with Clarence Penn, Drummer for Newport Jazz Festival: Now 60!
By Lois Mummaw, President Jazz Alliance of Mid-Michigan (JAMM)

When Bob Hoffman, Wharton Center Public Relations Manager, contacted me in late February and asked if I would be willing to interview a member of the Newport Jazz Festival in anticipation of the concert coming to Wharton Center, I thought, “I’ve never really interviewed anybody!”

Then, when Bob suggested I speak with the drummer, Clarence Penn I agreed to do it, but not just because Clarence is from Detroit. I agreed because I have a soft spot in my heart for drummers. My son is a drummer. To me, drummers represent the beat of life…and of jazz. We spoke by phone and once I told him I was not a journalist, as such, he actually seemed a bit relieved. Here then is our wonderful conversation:

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Video Footage of Tribute to Ron and Sunny Now Live!

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Videos of the performances from the Fifth Annual JAMM Tribute held on February 9th, 2014 are now available for your viewing pleasure! Please feel free to share these links on Facebook, via email or in any other ways you may wish.

All footage is the property of The Jazz Alliance of Mid-Michigan and may not be used for commercial purposes without written permission from JAMM, a 503-C non-profit organization.

Here are the links, in order of appearance. You may watch them here or go to our Youtube channel “Jazz Alliance of Mid-Michigan” and watch there. Here is that link: