Allison Miller Boom Tic Boom, Thursday, April 11, 2013

Allison Miller Boom Tic Boom

Thursday, April 11, 2013
Kuumbwa Jazz
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“…one of the most promising drummers in the game.” – Los Angeles Times

To say that Allison Miller is a diverse drummer would be an understatement. Her broad-ranging credits with Kenny Barron, Ani DiFranco and more make a statement alone. Miller’s Boom Tic Boom band is comprised of leading-edge players, featuring Myra Melford on piano, Jenny Scheinman on violin, Todd Sickafoose on bass and Miller on drum. Their second release as a band, No Morphine, No Lilies (April 2013) is at turns challenging and accessible, teasing and tough, virtuosic but never overbearing. It thrives on surprises and projects a vast array of tonal colors, rhythmic and harmonic shape-shifts and rich emotions. The end result is a modern sound with a full commitment to the groove.

Raised in the Washington D.C. area, Miller began playing the drums at the age of ten, studying with Walter Salb, and was soon thereafter featured in DownBeat magazine’s “Up and Coming” section in 1991. Five years later, after graduating from West Virginia University she moved to New York City to study with Michael Carvin and Lenny White, and pursue what has become a fruitful career as a freelance drummer, composer, producer, and teacher. Miller’s talents have landed her gigs in the mainstream music world, with artists like Natalie Merchant, Ani DiFranco, and most recently, singer Brandi Carlile. Her jazz skills have been embraced by everyone from avant-garde saxophonist Marty Ehrlich to organ legend Dr. Lonnie Smith, with a wide range of leaders in between.

Her 2010 album Boom Tic Boom, named one of the “Top 10 Jazz Albums of 2010” by the Los Angeles Times, pays homage to the important women in Miller’s life and also introduced the band of Melford, Scheinman, and Sickafoose. Together, they musically collaborate, creatively expounding on compositions written primarily by Miller and Melford. Miller also co-leads several other bands, including Emma, with singer/songwriter Erin McKeown; Honey Ear Trio with Rene Hart on bass and Erik Lawrence on reeds; and Eskelin/Deutsch/Miller featuring Ellery Eskelin on tenor and Erik Deutsch on organ. Miller has had her work recognized by the Showtime network, which featured her music in the series The L Word, and by the US State Department by whom she was chosen to be a Jazz Ambassador in East Africa, Eurasia and Southeast Asia.

The newest release from Boom Tic Boom – this year’s No Morphine, No Lilies – is both a continuation of the sound first heard on Boom Tic Boom release,  but is simultaneously an exploration of new realms. This is a band of superb ability and taste, with each member maintaining a packed schedule as a solo performer as well…there is no doubt that Boom Tic Boom will one day be considered a ‘supergroup.’

Allison Miller Boom Tic Boom

DATE: Thursday, April 11, 2013
PLACE: Kuumbwa Jazz Center
ADDRESS: 320 Cedar St, Santa Cruz, CA 95060
TIME: 7:00 PM
TICKETS: Logos Books & Records, 1117 Pacific Ave, Santa Cruz (831) 427-5100 and online at:
MORE INFO: or 831-427-2227 

Media contact:
Jesse Cutler


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