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Butch Miles was born in Ironton, Ohio on July 4, 1944 and raised in West Virginia. He started playing the snare drum at age 9 in his school band. He became interested in drumset at age 14 and started drum lessons with Frank Thompson in Charleston, West Virginia at age 15. He soon joined the union and began playing with dance bands. Butch's first big break was with Mel Torme's band in 1971. Butch's first drum hero was Gene Krupa, but he listened to every drummer he possibly could. Other favorite drummers were Papa Jo Jones, Chick Webb, Roy Haynes, Joe Morello, Louie Bellson and Buddy Rich. Butch cites the great Count Basie drummer, Sonny Payne, as a major influence. Miles is a clinician for the Ludwig Drum Company and is currently touring with the world famous Count Basie Orchestra

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San Antonio's Doc Watkins Plans Charity Boxing to Help Local Musicians

San Antonio's Doc Watkins Plans Charity Boxing to Help Local Musicians

The idea first came to Doc Watkins back in December. The 40-year-old jazz pianist, bandleader and owner of popular jny: San Antonio live jazz club Jazz, TX, thought it was crazy. That's why he immediately liked it. The idea: Punch back at the Covid-related shutdown that was devastating San Antonio's music community ...

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Article: Interview

Ulysses Owens: Big Band, Big Sound

Read "Ulysses Owens: Big Band, Big Sound" reviewed by R.J. DeLuke


Some jazz drummers, as remarkable as they may be and as successful as their careers are, just aren't suited to drive a big band. It's not for every percussionist. But every big band needs a good one or the effort will fall short. A ship needs a rudder. Ulysses Owens Jr., who started beating out rhythms ...

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Article: Building a Jazz Library

Sex & Drugs & Jazz & Jive: Top Ten Stash Records Albums

Read "Sex & Drugs & Jazz & Jive: Top Ten Stash Records Albums" reviewed by Chris May


With all the transgressive flair you would expect of bohemian New York City in the 1970s and 1980s, Bernie Brightman's Stash Records made its name with a hugely entertaining series of sex and drugs-themed compilations of swing-era recordings. The first was Reefer Songs in 1976. But Brightman's legacy extends much further. There was a finite amount ...

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Article: Interview

D'Vonne Lewis: It's About the Love

Read "D'Vonne Lewis: It's About the Love" reviewed by Paul Rauch


On the Seattle jazz scene, no musician is more visible than drummer D'Vonne Lewis. Whether he is touring and playing with his band Industrial Revelation, leading his flexible and innovative combo, D'Vonne Lewis Limited Edition, or playing as a sideman on multiple projects around town, Lewis brings to the bandstand a remarkable versatility, and musical identity ...

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Article: Big Band Report

Buddy Rich Rides Again

Read "Buddy Rich Rides Again" reviewed by Jack Bowers


Those who believe that Buddy Rich is the greatest big-band drummer who ever lived (yes, I'm one of them) can look forward to a marvelous treat this spring when Ken Poston and the Los Angeles Jazz Institute present Time Check: A Buddy Rich Alumni Reunion May 19-22 at the Sheraton Gateway / LAX Hotel. The four-day ...

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Article: Live Review

Newport Beach Jazz Party: Newport Beach, CA, February 14-17, 2013

Read "Newport Beach Jazz Party: Newport Beach, CA, February 14-17, 2013" reviewed by Larry Taylor


Newport Beach Jazz PartyNewport Beach, CAFebruary 14-17, 2013Thursday was Valentine's Day and the kickoff for the 13th Annual Newport Beach Jazz Party at the Marriott Hotel, Southern California. This four-day event combined two holidays, Valentine's & President's Weekend, bringing together some 70 great musicians, playing day and night--evening concerts in the Grand Pacific ...

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Article: Big Band Report

Buddy Rich: In a Zone of His Own

Read "Buddy Rich: In a Zone of His Own" reviewed by Jack Bowers


One of the channels that came with my Dish Network package is Classic Arts Showcase, which is a treasure trove of film clips documenting classical, ballet, folk, pop and other forms of music that one is unlikely to see anywhere else (although some footage is presumably available on YouTube, which more and more seems to encompass ...

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Article: Big Band Report

After 15 Years, a "Caravan" Ends Its Journey

Read "After 15 Years, a "Caravan" Ends Its Journey" reviewed by Jack Bowers


For nearly fifteen years now, I've been writing two monthly columns here at All About Jazz: this one (Big Band Report) and Big Band Caravan. That is about to change. Starting next month, the two will be pared down to one inclusive column using as its title Big Band Report. So rather than searching the AAJ ...

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Article: Live Review

35th Paradise Valley Jazz Party

Read "35th Paradise Valley Jazz Party" reviewed by Patricia Myers


35th Paradise Valley Jazz PartyMusical Instrument MuseumPhoenix, AZApril 21-22, 2012A kaleidoscopic history of jazz was delivered during three sessions of the 35th annual Paradise Valley Jazz Party, from post-bop, ballads and blues to a swinging recreation of the Quintet of the Hot Club of France.Peak moments that elicited the ...


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