Butch Miles

Butch Miles - © Photo by Tom McConnell / www.butchmiles.com

born on 4/7/1944 in Ironton, OH, United States

Butch Miles

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Butch Miles

Butch Miles (born Charles J. Thorton, Jr. on July 4, 1944 in Ironton, Ohio[1]) is an American jazz drummer. He has played with the Count Basie Orchestra, Dave Brubeck, Ella Fitzgerald, Sammy Davis Jr., and Frank Sinatra, among others.[2]

Miles, who cites Buddy Rich, Gene Krupa, and Jo Jones as favorite drummers,[1] began playing snare drum at the age of 9 and majored in music at West Virginia State University 1962–1966. After receiving his degree, he went on tour with the Iris Bell Trio.[1] Miles was with the Count Basie Orchestra from 1975–1979 and returned for ten years from 1997–2007, and leader of the group Jazz Express in the 1980s and '90s.[3] He has also performed at the Newport and Montreux Jazz Festivals.[2]

Butch Miles is a member of the West Virginia Music Hall of Fame 2011 class of inductees. He is currently a professor in the School of Music at Texas State University-San Marcos.

Selected discography

  • Straight on Till Morning (2003)[4]
  • Cookin' (1995)[5]
  • Live Montreux '77 (Count Basie Big Band) (1977)[6]


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 Feather, Leonard; Gitler, Ira; assistance from Swing Journal [1999] (2007). The Biographical Encyclopedia of Jazz, p. 463, New York City, New York: Oxford University Press.
  2. 2.0 2.1 Butch Miles - Jazz Drums. Retrieved on 2008-01-19.
  3. Cook, Richard (2005). Richard Cook's Jazz Encyclopedia, p. 426, New York City, New York: Penguin Books.
  4. Straight on Till Morning. Amazon.com (2008). Retrieved on 2008-01-19.
  5. Cookin'. Amazon.com (2008). Retrieved on 2008-01-19.
  6. Butch Miles. Discogs (2008). Retrieved on 2008-01-19.

External links

  • Official site
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