Spring 2011

Articles: Spring 2011


Kory Cook in booth

Sunday Jazz at the Witte: The Tradition Continues

As much as we all love listening to jazz, there's really nothinglike experiencing it live. And for those of you who'dlove to catch a show but don't want to deal with the smokybars, two drink minimums or late set times, have we got ashow for you!


Butch Miles

Sound Off: Kory Cook's Chat With Drummer Butch Miles

Texas-based drummer, bandleader and instructor Butch Miles was born in Ironton, Ohio but considers himself a West Virginia mountaineer. Miles held down the drum throne in the Count Basie Orchestra from 1975 to 1979, then from 1997 to 2007. He's also performed with legendary artists Mel Torme, Dave Brubeck, Ella Fitzgerald and Frank Sinatra to name a few. Currently, Miles is a professor in the School of Music at Texas State University-San Marcos, and when not in the classroom he is  on the road with his own Jazz Express.






 Baseball, A film by Ken BurnsFrom the Vinyl Vault: Gil Scott-Heron's "Pieces of a Man"

Pianist, poet and activist Gil Scott-Heron was bornon April 1, 1949, in Chicago, Illinois. In April 1971,at the age of 22, Gil entered the recording studio atFlying Dutchman records and, during a two-day session,cut one of the most important and critical SoulJazz LPs to date: Pieces of a Man. This was the young poet's second release for theFlying Dutchman label and is considered by manyto be one of his greatest releases of a lengthy recording history.