A force for jazz in Denver, Juanita Greenwood Frederickson, has died

Juanita Greenwood Frederickson

JUANITA GREENWOOD FREDERICKSON, 81, from cancer on Dec. 9 in Portland, Oregon. Produced the annual Summit Jazz event for 38 years, beginning in Breckenridge, Colorado and ultimately relocating to Denver. With her husband, trombonist Alan Frederickson, she also produced the Swinging Jazz concert series at the Seawell Grand Ballroom in the Denver Performing Arts Complex.

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An early supporter of the Queen City JB and past treasurer and newsletter editor for the Denver Jazz Club, she was a past president of the American Federation of Jazz Societies. Juanita passionately loved jazz and the people who created it. While not a musician, she had a remarkable ear for it and excelled at bringing people together to perform and enjoy it.

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Lew Shaw started writing about music as the publicist for the famous Berkshire Music Barn in the 1960s. He joined the West Coast Rag almost thirty years ago and has been a guiding light to this paper through the two name changes since then as we became The Syncopated Times.  47 of his profiles are collected in Jazz Beat: Notes on Classic Jazz. Volume two, containing profiles from 2013-2016 will be available on Amazon soon. He taps his extensive network of connections and friends throughout the traditional jazz world to bring us his Jazz Jottings column every month.

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