(1904—1944) American jazz trombonist and bandleader
(b Clarinda, Iowa, 1904; d between London and Paris, 1944).
Amer. trombonist, band‐leader, composer, and arranger. Played in various bands from 1921 until joining Dorsey brothers' orch. 1934. Devised reed section of cl. and 4 sax. while with Ray Noble 1935. Formed own band 1937, dissolved 1938; second band, formed 1938, became one of best‐known and most popular in the world because of its characteristic sound, exemplified in recordings such as Moonlight Serenade, Chattanooga Choo‐Choo, In the Mood, American Patrol, etc. Disbanded 1942 when Miller joined US Army. In 1944 assembled service band and went to Eng. same year. Disappeared on flight to Paris, Dec. 1944, aircraft never being found. Band continued under other leaders, notably Ray McKinley (1956–65).