This Day in History: 1932-05-20

James (“Bubber”) Miley, American trumpeter, served in Navy 1918-1919, played with the Carolina Five, Willie Gant’s Band and Mamie Smith’s Jazz Hounds (1921-22), joined Thomas Morris’ Past Jazz Masters (1923), played with the Kansas City Five, featured member of the Duke Ellington Orchestra, creating the famous “jungle sound” by using a plunger mute over a straight mute while growling, fired for excessive drinking, played with an all-white band (but hidden behind screen) led by Leo Reisman, died from alcoholism and tuberculosis at age 29.

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