The Times ran Dr. George Butler’s obit this weekend. Butler was the A&R guy at Columbia who signed Wynton to his record deal. Shortly thereafter, the face of jazz history was changed forever. Wynton was unique when he recorded for Columbia because he recorded both well-received jazz and classical albums (yes when Wynton first started recording it was still an LP world). Lots of people felt the attention he garneded in the classical world led to his success in the jazz world.
In any event, Dr. Butler passed on and for those of us who like our jazz to swing we owe Dr. Butler a great debt of gratitude.