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Artist Biography

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  • Band/Affiliation: Count Basie Orchestra/Ella Fitzgerald/Mel Torme/Dave Brubeck
  • School / Univ. / Institution: Texas State University
  • Country: United States

The accomplishments of drummer Butch Miles are practically endless. Playing with such luminaries as Count Basie, Frank Sinatra, Sammy Davis, Jr., Dave Brubeck, Mel Torme, Lena Horne, Joe Williams, Ella Fitzgerald, Woody Herman, Clark Terry, Gerry Mulligan, Billy Eckstein, Eddie "Lockjaw" Davis, Benny Goodman, Tony Bennett, Dick Hyman and countless others, Butch displays the maturity of his experience with youthful imagination and unending energy. In both big band and small group capacities, Butch brings technical and creative finesse together.

Butch has performed at the Newport Jazz Festival (now the "JVC Jazz Festival") since 1975 and the Grande 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 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 1976, Butch played a Royal Command Performance for Her Majesty, the Queen of England which was televised throughout all of Europe.

Butch Miles has recorded over 100 albums and has been on four (4) Grammy winning albums along with being nominated numerous times for the European equivalent of the Grammy.

He has appeared on "60 Minutes", "The Tonight Show" starring Johnny Carson, "The Merv Griffin Show", "The Dick Cavett Show", "The Mike Douglas Show" and six times on "The Jerry Lewis Telethon". Internationally, Butch has made personal appearances on radio and television stations throughout the world. He has also appeared in three motion pictures: "The Australian Jazz Fest", filmed while Butch was touring Australia with the Dave Brubeck Quartet, "The Last of the Blue Devils", filmed on location while he was touring with the Count Basie Orchestra and briefly in Woody Allen's "Crimes and Misdemeanors".

Living in Austin, Texas since 2001, Butch continues to tour constantly throughout the world with the Basie Orchestra. In 2006, the Basie Band released two CD projects entitled, "Basie is Back" and "Ray Sings, Basie Swings" (with Ray Charles). In between touring and recording dates, Butch conducts clinics and master classes at numerous schools and universities while teaching at Texas State University in San Marcos.

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