ALLISON MILLER's boom tic boom

Saturday, September 29, 6:15-7:15PM 

wagner stage at the midway

 Photo by Shervin Lainez

Photo by Shervin Lainez

New York City-based drummer/composer/teacher ALLISON MILLER engages her deep roots in improvisation as a vehicle to explore all music. Described by critics as a charismatic and rhythmically propulsive drummer with melodic sensibility, Miller has been named a Top 20 Jazz Drummer in Downbeat  Magazine’s acclaimed Critics Poll.

BOOM TIC BOOM has been featured on WNYC’s New Sounds with John Schaefer, NPR’s Tiny Desk Concert series with Bob Boilen, JazzSet with Dee Dee Bridgewater, The Checkout: Live with Josh Jackson, and at venues and festivals such as Stanford Jazz Festival, SF JAZZ, Jazz Festival Willisau, Chicago Jazz Festival, Jazzfestival Saalfelden, International Jazz Festival Munster, Iowa City Jazz Festival, Reykjavik Jazz Festival, Earshot Jazz Festival, Mary Lou Williams Jazz Festival at the Kennedy Center, EdgeFest, MASS MoCA, Pioneer Valley Jazz Shares, Pittsburgh International Jazz Festival, and Redwood Jazz Alliance.

When not band leading, Miller focuses on collaborations, including co-directing Holler and Bam with Toshi Reagon and Honey Ear Trio with Jeff Lederer and Rene Hart. She is the musical director for Speak with Rachna Nivas and Michelle Dorrance, And Still You Must Swing with Dormeshia Sumbry-Edwards, and Camille A. Brown’s Ink. She is also a proud member of the Bessie Award-winning show, The Blues Project with Dorrance Dance, and Toshi Reagon’s Big Lovely.

As a side musician, Miller has been the rhythmic force behind such mainstream artists as Ani DiFranco, Natalie Merchant, Brandi Carlile, Toshi Reagon, Joey Arias, The Meredith Vieira Show, Late Night with Seth Meyers, Pino Daniele, Erin McKeown, Jill Sobule, and Martha Redbone; and her jazz skills have been embraced by everyone from organ legend Dr. Lonnie Smith and vocalist Patricia Barber to instrumental trailblazers such as Marty Ehrlich, Steven Bernstein, Renee Rosnes, Ben Allison, Steve Cardenas, and Ben Goldberg.

BOOM TIC BOOM, featuring CARMEN STAAF (piano), JENNY SCHEINMAN (violin), BEN GOLDBERG (clarinet), KIRK KNUFFKE (cornet); TODD SICKAFOOSE (bass); and ALLISON MILLER (drums and composition), is currently celebrating its fourth release, Otis was a Polar Bear (2016). Previous releases include No Morphine No Lilies (2013); Live at Willisau (2012); Boom Tic Boom (2010), and 5am Stroll (2005).