A solid New Orleans trumpeter who never really made it big, Punch Miller
worked in New Orleans until moving to Chicago in 1926. He played with Al Wynn
, Tiny Parham
, Freddie Keppard
, and Jelly Roll Morton
in the 1920s and worked with low-profile jazz and blues groups in Chicago until returning to New Orleans in 1956. He recorded a few numbers for Atlantic in 1962 and toured Japan with George Lewis
in 1963. Punch Miller
's 1920s recordings as a sideman have been gathered together and reissued on a CD by the RST label.