Punch Miller

Ernest Miller, also known as Punch Miller or Kid Punch Miller (June 10, 1894 – December 2, 1971), was an American traditional jazz trumpeter.

Miller was born in Raceland, Louisiana, United States. He was known in New Orleans, Louisiana, where he was based from 1919 to 1927, when he moved to Chicago. In Chicago he worked with various bands, including those of Jelly Roll Morton and Tiny Parham, and appeared on a number of recordings. He is also confirmed to be the cornettist on the Gennett recordings of the obscure ensemble King Mutt and his Tennessee Thumpers.

His lifestyle and the decline of Dixieland or New Orleans jazz led to his return to mostly doing festivals and falling out of the limelight. This changed with the rising importance of the Preservation Hall Jazz Band and he returned to national attention.

He returned to New Orleans, playing at Preservation Hall and leading a band under his own name, in addition to playing with other groups.

In 1963 he toured Japan with the clarinetist George Lewis.

Miller was the subject of the television documentary Til the Butcher Cuts Him Down.

Birth and Death Data: Born 1894, Died 1971

Date Range of DAHR Recordings: 1925 - 1929

Roles Represented in DAHR: cornet, trumpet, vocalist, composer

Notes: Also known as "Kid Punch."

See Also: Miller, Kid Punch

Recordings (Results 1-25 of 26 records)

Company Matrix No. Size First Recording Date Title Primary Performer Description Role Audio
Victor BVE-46037 10-in. 7/2/1928 The head hunter's dream Tiny Parham and his Musicians Jazz/dance band instrumentalist, cornet  
Victor BVE-46038 10-in. 7/2/1928 Stuttering blues Tiny Parham and his Musicians Jazz/dance band instrumentalist, cornet  
Victor BVE-46039 10-in. 7/2/1928 Clarice Tiny Parham and his Musicians Jazz/dance band instrumentalist, cornet  
Victor BVE-46040 10-in. 7/2/1928 Snake eyes Tiny Parham and his Musicians Jazz/dance band instrumentalist, cornet  
Victor BVE-46041 10-in. 7/2/1928 Cuckoo blues Tiny Parham and his Musicians Jazz/dance band instrumentalist, cornet  
Victor BVE-46042 10-in. 7/2/1928 Jogo rhythm Tiny Parham and his Musicians Jazz/dance band instrumentalist, cornet  
Victor BVE-48846 10-in. 2/1/1929 Stompin' on down Tiny Parham and his Musicians Jazz/dance band instrumentalist, cornet  
Victor BVE-50523 10-in. 2/25/1929 Can I tell you? King Oliver Orchestra Jazz/dance band instrumentalist, trumpet  
Victor BVE-50524 10-in. 2/25/1929 Uncle Joe's stomp King Oliver Orchestra Jazz/dance band instrumentalist, trumpet  
Victor BVE-50525 10-in. 2/25/1929 My good man Sam King Oliver Orchestra Jazz/dance band instrumentalist, trumpet  
Victor BVE-50526 10-in. 2/25/1929 I can't be worried blues King Oliver Orchestra Jazz/dance band instrumentalist, trumpet  
Victor BVE-57216 10-in. 12/3/1929 Dixieland doin's Tiny Parham and his Musicians Jazz/dance band instrumentalist, trumpet  
Victor BVE-57217 10-in. 12/3/1929 Cathedral blues Tiny Parham and his Musicians Jazz/dance band instrumentalist, trumpet  
Victor BVE-57218 10-in. 12/3/1929 Cheerful blues Tiny Parham and his Musicians Jazz/dance band instrumentalist, trumpet  
Victor BVE-57219 10-in. 12/3/1929 Black cat moan Tiny Parham and his Musicians Jazz/dance band instrumentalist, trumpet  
Victor BVE-57333 10-in. 10/26/1929 Pig's feet and slaw Tiny Parham and his Musicians Jazz/dance band instrumentalist, trumpet  
Victor BVE-57334 10-in. 10/26/1929 Bombay Tiny Parham and his Musicians Jazz/dance band instrumentalist, trumpet  
Victor BVE-57335 10-in. 10/26/1929 Fat man blues Tiny Parham and his Musicians Jazz/dance band instrumentalist, trumpet  
Victor BVE-57336 10-in. 10/26/1929 Golden lily Tiny Parham and his Musicians Jazz/dance band instrumentalist, trumpet  
Victor BVE-57337 10-in. 10/26/1929 Steel string blues Tiny Parham and his Musicians Jazz/dance band instrumentalist, trumpet  
Victor BVE-57338 10-in. 10/26/1929 Sud buster's dream Tiny Parham and his Musicians Jazz/dance band instrumentalist, trumpet  
OKeh 8892 10-in. 1/22/1925 Black but sweet, oh God! Billy Mack ; Mary Mack Female-male vocal duet, with cornet and piano instrumentalist, cornet  
OKeh 8897 10-in. 1/22/1925 My heartbreakin' gal Billy Mack ; Mary Mack Female-male vocal duet, with cornet and piano instrumentalist, cornet  
Brunswick C2381 10-in. 10/2/1928 Down by the levee Wynn's Creole Jazz Band Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo vocalist  
Brunswick C2429 10-in. 10/10/1928 Gates blues Jimmy Wade Dixielanders Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo vocalist  
(Results 1-25 of 26 records)

Citation

Discography of American Historical Recordings, s.v. "Miller, Punch," accessed December 2, 2020, https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/104817.

Miller, Punch. (2020). In Discography of American Historical Recordings. Retrieved December 2, 2020, from https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/104817.

"Miller, Punch." Discography of American Historical Recordings. UC Santa Barbara Library, 2020. Web. 2 December 2020.

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