ROBERT LYNN, 94, on August 30 in Scottsdale, AZ. Originally from Derry, PA, Bob Lynn had been involved in jazz in multiple roles throughout his entire life. The extensive list of Dixieland and Swing bands for which he was the drummer (and the washboard on occasion) included Flathead Valley, Stumptown, Arizona Rhythm Kings, Speakeasy Society Orchestra, and several bands of which he was the leader.
He served as president, Board member and festival director of the Arizona Classic Jazz Society and chaired the ACJS education committee that annually sponsored school concerts for as many as 2800 students. He was the owner of the Rampart Street Music Co. and Mountain States correspondent for The Mississippi Rag.
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.