New Orleans native Charlie Miller is an old friend to several instruments (flute, piano and trumpet), but the trumpet is his first love. His music career began rather uniquely, to say the least. He began by playing the family washing machine hose, then graduated to a beat-up old trumpet an elderly gentleman gave him at the age of 12.
In 8th grade, he connected with a young musician who would prove to be a lasting friend and fellow professional - Dr. John. Miller performed with Dr. John's early band, arranged, produced and performed on many of the now classic New Orleans R&B recordings and still had time to attend Loyola School of Music.
Miller left New Orleans to enroll in the Manhattan School of Music. After graduating, he worked with Thelonious Monk, Dr. John's, Chuck Mangione, the Saturday Night Live Band, Paul Jeffrey, the New York Ballet, Bill Watrous, BB King, Danny Barker, Lou Rawls, Johnny Adams, Al Hirt, and many more. He also participated in the bands for Jay Leno's Tonight Show and the Conan O'Brien Show.
Charlie was also a jazz combo instructor at Loyola University, and his current activities include New Orleans area live performances and new recording projects.