Butch Miles born Charles J. Thorton, Jr. on July 4, 1944, in Ironton, Ohio is an American jazz drummer.
As the drummer for the world-famous Count Basie Orchestra (1975-1979 and 1997-2007), Butch quickly became renowned for his swinging big band style and techniques. Butch has performed at the Newport Jazz Festival (now the "JVC Jazz Festival") in New York since 1975 and the Grande Parade Du Jazz in Nice, France nine times. He has performed at every major jazz festival in the world including: the Montreal Jazz Festival; North Sea Jazz Festival at the Hague, the Netherlands; the Montreux and Bern Jazz Festivals in Switzerland; the Berlin, Munich, Cologne and Stuttgart Jazz Festivals in Germany along with many tours throughout Europe, Australia, the Far East, the Americas and the Caribbean.
In addition to playing with Count Basie he has performed with Frank Sinatra, Sammy Davis, Jr., Dave Brubeck, Mel Torme, Lena Horne, Joe Williams, Ella Fitzgerald, Woody Herman, Clark Terry, Gerry Mulligan, Eddie “Lockjaw” Davis, Harry “Sweets” Edison, Benny Goodman, Tony Bennett, Rosemary Clooney, Zubin Mehta, Itzak Pearlman, Dick Hyman and others. Butch displays the maturity of his experience with youthful imagination and unending energy.
Butch Miles has recorded over 100 albums and has been on four Grammy winning albums, along with being nominated numerous times for the European equivalent of the Grammy.
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. He conducts jazz clinics at universities and high schools, continues to record c.d.s, and plays frequently in small group capacities at jazz parties and festivals around the globe, where he brings together technique, creative finesse and a love of the music that delights audiences.
Butch has served on the Austin Jazz Society Board of Directors (2010-12) and as President (2011).
Butch lives in Buda, Texas with his wife, Linda.
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"The Drum Thing" - Count Basie Orchestra