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Til the Butcher Cuts Him Down: New Orleans Jazzman Punch Miller

Film by Philip Spalding
Produced by Philip Spalding
Cinematographer: William Brayne
Sound: Ivan Sharrock and Iain Bruce
Editing: Wendy Bindloss
Copyright: 1971, Philip Spalding
53 minutes, Color
Original format: Film: 16mm, 1971
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A superb study of the history and men who played New Orleans Jazz through the eyes of one of its greatest trumpet players: Punch Miller (died 1971). Kid Punch was renowned in New Orleans and played with all the greats from that city --King Oliver, Kid Ory, Jelly Roll Morton, Louis Armstrong. This film is about his life and the changes that New Orleans music went through during his lifetime. The film is narrated by the late jazz historian William Russell.

This HD stream is from a newly restored digital transfer of the original 16-mm negative.

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