Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Miles, Who Has Drummed with Some of the Best, to Visit

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Miles, Who Has Drummed with Some of the Best, to Visit

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Byline: Jaimie K. Wilson, Shorelines correspondent

Buddy Miles began tapping out his drumming career at age 12. It wasn't long before his playing moved out of his garage and onto the stage as part of his dad's jazz combo, The Bebops, in Omaha, Neb.

By the time he was a teenager, Miles' bottom-heavy style had attracted the attention of a number of doo-wop and R&B groups, landing him an early gig as part of Wilson Pickett's live revue.

Since then, Miles has jammed with the likes of Stevie Wonder, brought the funk with Bootsy Collins and sung his soul out as the lead singer of Santana. Now he's bringing his blues to Jacksonville Beach. The good kind. On Saturday, Miles will treat Beaches residents to his percussive styling during the Red, White and Blues concert at the Freebird Live nightclub.

The concert name is fitting, considering that Miles also is famous for his rhythm in the psychedelic rock band The Electric Flag, which also featured Michael Bloomfield and Barry Goldberg. In addition to that, he was good friends with Jimi Hendrix, playing drums with the Jimi Hendrix Experience before Mitch Mitchell came along. Along with Hendrix and Billy Cox, Miles created the infamous but-short-lived Band of Gypsies, arguably the first black rock band.

"Miles is back with us at Freebird Live," Freebird Manager Dave Raymond said. "He's played here before for the Musicians Against Terrorism Festival. I wasn't here, but I heard he was just tremendous.

"He's very popular. He's been playing for so long, all musicians know about him. It's one of the shows I can't wait to see myself, and I get the pleasure of working it. Kinda cool."

Raymond, who's been working at Freebird Live for about two years, is no stranger to stars. The venue's history has drawn many musicians to its stage over the years. …

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