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EDDIE MILLER - SAXOPHONIST

Original autographed 8” x 10” matte, double-weight Al White photograph of the great saxophonist dedicated to the photographer.

Eddie Miller (1911-1991) was from New Orleans.  Steeped in the Dixieland tradition, he began working the jazz clubs at 16 with the New Orleans Owls.  He moved to New York City in the late 1920’s and hired on with Julie Wintz and his Mayflower Orchestra, (Boy named Sue situation…..) making his first record with the band in 1930.  He hired on with Ben Pollack’s Orchestra in 1930 and stayed with them until the group disbanded in 1934, signing on with Bob Crosby a Pollack band mate who formed his big band from many of Pollack’s musicians.  He also played with Crosby’s smaller group The Bobcats.  Miller was not only one of the greatest tenor sax players of the time, but he also played a mean clarinet.  One of their biggest hits was the “South Rampart Street Parade” which features Miller in a legendary clarinet solo.  When the Crosby Band was forced to disband due to the War at the end of 1942, Miller enlisted and was discharged in early 1944 due to health reasons.  He then moved to California and started up the Eddie Miller Orchestra, his main musicians included Nappy Lamare, Nick Fatool and Artie Shapiro.  He wrote a signature song “Slow Mood” for the orchestra and when Johnny Mercer heard it, he wrote new lyrics and re-titled the piece “Lazy Mood”.  It became an instant chart topping hit and is now a jazz standard.  The orchestra lasted two years.  He next became a studio musician at 20th Century Fox, playing soundtracks for an endless number of films, but the pay was regular and very good.  That said, he played with Bob Crosby and his Reunion Band, playing with them all over the Country.  Occasionally he would travel back to New Orleans to play for his his old Pals, Al Hirt and Pete Fountain.  Miller also toured with the World’s Greatest Jazz Bands and also played Festivals, including the Don Gibson Jazz Parties in Denver where this photograph was taken.  Miller recorded significantly on many labels including, Blue Angel Jazz Club,  Capitol, Coral, Decca, Famous Door, Jump, Magna Graphic Jazz, Southland and Tops.

A rare in concert autographed photograph of Miller.