June Barnes, of Vally Jazz Club, dies at 92

JUNE BARNES, 92, on Jan. 16 in Ventura, Calif. Originally from St. Louis, MO, June was a string bass player with a number of bands in Southern California. Had a long-term engagement with the Jazzin’ Babies at Red Vest Pizza in Sylmar and more recently was a regular at Casey’s Tavern in Canoga Park. A member of the Valley Jazz Club, she also played with Chris Kelly, Jelly Roll, Nightblooming Jazzmen, and George Probert’s Old Time Monrovia JB.

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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