Punch Miller

Genres: Jazz
Decades: 2000s


Ernest Burden, 10 June 1894, Raceland, Louisiana, USA. d. 2 December 1971, New Orleans, Louisiana, USA. Miller began playing cornet as a child, playing with local dance and early jazz bands. Shortly after World War I he settled in New Orleans for a while before joining the northward migration. Resident in Chicago from the mid-20s, he played with many bands including those led by Freddie Keppard and Jelly Roll Morton. From the mid-40s he was often in New York where he recorded with Jimmy Archey, Edmond Hall, Ralph Sutton and others and also appeared on Rudi Blesh’s This Is Jazz radio show. By the middle of the following decade, however, he had returned to New Orleans. In the early 60s he toured with George Lewis. A technically proficient trumpeter, Miller’s playing mingled the New Orleans tradition with a deep feeling for the blues. His solos were often pungent and moving. He sang in a casual yet engaging manner, in this department, at least, displaying...

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