Joseph Brem, a past president of the Arizona Classic Jazz Society, passed away on November 22 in Scottsdale, AZ, he was 90 years old. A native of Rochester, NY, Joe was proud of his Hungarian heritage which imbued him with a strong conviction that one could attain whatever he or she desired with commitment, perseverance and hard work.
He had an impressive career in country club management, starting at the age of 23 which led him to the general managership of three country clubs in Upstate New York. He moved to Arizona in 1970 where he had a 23-year career as general manager of the Paradise Valley Country Club. He was a guest lecturer at several colleges of hotel, restaurant and hospitality management and was selected by Club Management magazine as Club Manager of the Year in 1989.
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.