Personalities | James ‘Bubber’ Miley | Twenties | Jazz & Blues
A key figure in the Duke Ellington Orchestra of 1926–28, Miley played a lead role on such classic pieces of early Ellingtonia as ‘East St. Louis Toodle-Oo’, ‘Black And Tan Fantasy’ and ‘Creole Love Call’. His uniquely expressive, growling trumpet style was influenced by the plunger mute approach of King Oliver, and served as one of the signatures of Ellington’s ‘jungle sound’. Miley formed his own band in 1930 but shortly afterwards died of tuberculosis, aged 29.
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