Born 1944, Hinton, Summers County
Technically, Butch Miles was born in Ironton, OH, while his mother was visiting relatives in Russell, KY, over the Fourth of July holidays. However, his mother quickly returned to Hinton where Butch was raised.
A top-shelf jazz/big band drummer for decades, Miles’s resume includes playing with luminaries ranging from Count Basie (he was an integral part of the band for many years), Frank Sinatra, Sammy Davis, Jr., Dave Brubeck and Mel Torme to Lena Horne, Ella Fitzgerald, Woody Herman, Benny Goodman, Tony Bennett, Rosemary Clooney, Zubin Mehta and Itzhak Perlman.
Miles conducts jazz clinics at universities and high schools, continues to record and plays frequently at jazz festivals around the globe. Miles is both a skilled technician and a fiery player whose solos are nothing short of spectacular.