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 26-26 of 26 records)

Company Matrix No. Size First Recording Date Title Primary Performer Description Role Audio
Brunswick C3364 10-in. 4/25/1929 Isabella Jimmy Bertrand's Washboard Wizards Jazz/dance band composer  
(Results 26-26 of 26 records)


Discography of American Historical Recordings, s.v. "Miller, Punch," accessed November 25, 2020, https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/104817.

Miller, Punch. (2020). In Discography of American Historical Recordings. Retrieved November 25, 2020, from https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/104817.

"Miller, Punch." Discography of American Historical Recordings. UC Santa Barbara Library, 2020. Web. 25 November 2020.

DAHR Persistent Identifier

URI: https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/104817


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