Redwood Jazz Alliance

Allison Miller's Boom Tic Boom
Friday, October 26th, 8 p.m.| Arcata Playhouse

"Singular, smart, cool and with just the right amount of weirdness."
—Larry Blumenfeld, Wall Street Journal

Allison Miller



We’re excited to be welcoming Allison Miller back to Humboldt County at just the moment when she's having a Moment. The rest of the world seems to be recognizing what we've known for a long time already: that Miller is a swinging, funky, and exceedingly musical drummer, a singular composer, and a superlative bandleader. She’s getting lots of press and rave reviews for Science Fair, her new album with pianist Carmen Staaf (which also includes guest spots from past RJA visitors Dayna Stephens and Ambrose Akinmusire), and she's showing up on TV with increasing frequency as a guest drummer with the band on Late Night with Seth Meyers. This past summer she was featured on NPR & Jazz at Lincoln Center's Jazz Night in America program; earlier, NPR Music placed her “Otis was a Polar Bear” among the Greatest Songs by 21st Century Women. We expect the buzz will only grow louder with the release of Boom Tic Boom's upcoming album Glitter Wolf, which Alli promises to have advance copies of for us. (Sshhh: don't tell the label!)

Miller grew up near Washington, D.C. and took up the drums at age 10. After college, she moved to New York City, where she established herself not only as an in-demand drummer, but as a composer, producer, and teacher. A child of the 80s who came of age listening to jazz. funk, rock, and pop, Miller was deeply influenced by jazz drummer Ed Blackwell, but also by the beats of Go-Go (DC’s unique brand of funk) and Prince drummer Sheila E. Twice recognized as a "rising star" in the DownBeat critics poll, Miller kept time for the likes of Ani DiFranco, Natalie Merchant, and Brandi Carlile earlier in her career.  In the jazz world, she has worked extensively with saxophonist Marty Ehrlich, bassist Ben Allison, and organ legend Dr. Lonnie Smith.

Virtuosos all, every member of Boom Tic Boom could dazzle with their chops, but they choose to serve the music first. Ben Goldberg on clarinets and Kirk Knuffke on cornet are repeat RJA visitors, Goldberg most recently with Boom Tic Boom on their previous RJA visit, and Knuffke with Ben Allison last spring. Jenny Scheinman, Humboldt County’s own world-class violinist, needs no introduction. Filling in on this date for pianist Myra Melford is Dawn Clement, who visited last season with Matt Wilson. And gracing our stage for the first time is bassist Tony Scherr, who has played with everyone from Woody Herman to Snarky Puppy and has long relationships with Bill Frisell and Sex Mob.



Tickets ($15 General Admission, $10 Students & Seniors) are available here at our website and at People's Records, Wildwood Music, Wildberries, and (soon!) The Works.

Allison Miller will also present an open, pre-concert public workshop on the afternoon of October 26th (exact time TBA) in Music 131 (across the walkway from the entrance to Fulkerson Recital Hall). People of all levels of experience are welcome to attend, and admission is FREE.



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  • On the August 17, 2018 episode of NPR's Jazz Night in America, Boom Tic Boom plays at Jazz at Lincoln Center's Dizzy's Club Coca-Cola and Miller speaks with bassist Christian MacBride about #MeToo and jazz.

This performance is supported by the Selvage Fund. Additional support comes Arcata Stay/Rose Court Cottage, Cafe Brio, Jane Crosbie, and Northtown Books.

HSU SealFriday afternoon's free public workshop is made possible through the generosity of HSU's College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences and the Department of Music.

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