Allison Miller

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  • Allison Miller's Boom Boom Living Room presents "Beats and Treats!" w/ special guest Martha Redbone

    This show was on Aug 4th, 2014 | 44 people watched
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  • Jeff Lederer / Rene Hart / Allison Miller // The Blue Cranes

    This show was on Jan 15th, 2014 | 12 people watched
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Bio

“Allison is a refreshingly honest player. She plays as she is, which isgreat because she is such an open-hearted, humble, gracefulperson.” – Ani DiFranco

NYC-based drummer/composer/teacher Allison Miller gathers inspiration from a wide array of genres. Coming from the Jazz tradition, she engages her deep roots in
improvisation as a vehicle to explore all music. Described by... more

“Allison is a refreshingly honest player. She plays as she is, which isgreat because she is such an open-hearted, humble, gracefulperson.” – Ani DiFranco

NYC-based drummer/composer/teacher Allison Miller gathers inspiration from a wide array of genres. Coming from the Jazz tradition, she 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, Allison has been
named “Rising Star Drummer” and “Top 20 Jazz Drummers” in Downbeat Magazine’s acclaimed Critics Poll. Her band, Boom Tic Boom is a 2014 recipient of Chamber Music America’s “Presenter Consortium for Jazz Grant.”
Allison is currently celebrating her latest release No Morphine No Lilies (The Royal Potato Family.) The album has been met with critical acclaim receiving 4.5 stars from
Downbeat and making “Top 10 Jazz Albums of 2013” lists for Downbeat, Jazz Journalists Association, and Something Else. NMNL features her band Boom tic boom: pianist Myra Melford, violinist Jenny Scheinman, bassist Todd Sickafoose, and special guests: Steven Bernstein, Erik Friedlander, Rachel Friedman, and Ara Anderson. “No
Morphine No Lilies demonstrates that her (Allison Miller) craftiness as a percussionist is met by her ingenuity as a composer and group conceptualist.” -The New Yorker
In 2010 Allison’s debut BTB release was voted “Top 10 Jazz Albums of 2010” by the LA Times and her 2012 “Live at Willisau” double-vinyl release was chosen as an Editor’s
pick for Downbeat. BTB made NPR’s 2012 “Top 5 Bands to Discover” list at NYC’s renowned Winter Jazz Fest and is featured on NPR’s “Tiny Desk Concert” series with
Bob Boilen, “JazzSet” with Dee Dee Bridgewater, and “The Checkout: Live” with Josh Jackson.

As a side-musician, Miller has been the rhythmic force behind such mainstream artists as Ani DiFranco, Natalie Merchant, Toshi Reagon, Pino Danielle, Brandi Carlile, and
Martha Redbone; and her jazz skills have been embraced by everyone from organ legend Dr. Lonnie Smith to avant-garde trailblazer Marty Ehrlich, Steven Bernstein, Ben
Goldberg, and bassist/composer Todd Sickafoose and Ben Allison. She’s also co-directs
three projects: Celebrate: The Women of Blues and Jazz-with Toshi Reagon, the critically acclaimed group Honey Ear Trio-with Jeff Lederer and Rene Hart, and JunKtion Percussion Duo- with Julie Strom. Allison is a three time Jazz Ambassador of the US State Department and is on
Yamaha’s Top 30 Clinicians List. She conducts clinics and master classes throughout the world and is faculty at The New School for Jazz, Kutztown University, and Jazz
CampWest. Her lessons and writings have been published in The Huffington Post, Modern Drummer, JazzTimes, DRUM, Tom Tom, and Drummer UK. In 2008 Allison
founded the "Walter Salb Memorial Musical Scholarship Foundation" in honor of her late teacher and mentor. The foundation annually provides a monetary award to a
promising young musician directed toward furthering their studies in music.

Allison endorses Yamaha drums, Zildjian cymbals, Vic Firth sticks, and Evans drumheads.

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