Happy 90th Birthday, Cam Miller!

Come August 20th, longtime staff writer Cam Miller will join the ranks of the nonagenarians. Cam’s been on the sidelines of late due to a fall in December that put him in the hospital, followed by seven weeks in a rehabilitation facility. He is currently residing in a Senior Living community in Riverside, CA where he continues on the road to recovery in anticipation of his 90th birthday later this month. For 20 years, Cam was a mainstay of The American Rag editorial staff, serving as Festival Editor and writing his Rim Shots column and Choice Cuts record-CD reviews. The first story he submitted was an interview with Mercer Ellington and was the first and only time one of his articles ran on page one. A graduate of UCLA, he broke into the newspaper business with the North County Times in Oceanside, CA, where – demonstrating the usual delightful Miller humor - he said he covered wrestling matches and wrote obituaries. Over the years, he worked in the public relations field and was jazz critic for the San Diego Union for an extended period. A modest individual who is universally liked and respected by event promoters, musicians and fans alike, Cam’s great love for Dixieland, Traditional Jazz and Swing is reflected in his writing along with his good humor and upbeat and perceptive views of what is transpiring. He truly cares about the musicians, always presenting them in the b
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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 in 1989 and has been a guiding light to this paper through the two name changes since then as we grew to become The Syncopated Times.  47 of his profiles of today's top musicians are collected in Jazz Beat: Notes on Classic Jazz. Volume two, Jazz Beat Encore: More Notes on Classic Jazz contains 43 more! Lew 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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