iller’s craftiness as a percussionist is met by her ingenuity as a composer andgroup conceptualist.” -The New Yorker.
Allison Miller has become one of the most inspiring and beloved of SJW’s faculty.Her brilliant playing and open and inclusive approach to teaching make a masterclass with Allison a life-changing experience.
Allison is a NYC-based drummer, composer, and teacher. She engages her deep roots in improvisation as a vehicle to explore all music. Described by critics as aModern Jazz Icon in the Making, Miller won Downbeat magazine’s 67th AnnualCritics Poll “Rising Star Drummer” and JazzTimes magazine’s Critics Poll. Her composition, “Otis Was a Polar Bear”, is included on NPR’s list ofThe 200Greatest Songs by 21st Century Women+. She is also the first recipient of the Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation’s Commissioning Grant. In January 2020. Miller along with her band, Boom Tic Boom, tap dancer-Claudia Rahardjanoto, and video designer-Todd Winkler premiered this new multimedia suite, In Our Veins, with a seven show tour sponsored by Jazz Touring Network and MidAtlantic Arts. The project explores multimedia performance as a vital form of knowledge production through the poetic interpretation of historical events and their association with the geography, ecology and flow of specific rivers.
Miller, a three time Jazz Ambassador for the U.S. State Department, was Monterey Jazz Festival’s 2019 Artist in Residence, alongside bassist/producerDerrick Hodge. Simultaneously her band, Boom Tic Boom, celebrated it’s 10th anniversary with the release of their 5th album, Glitter Wolf, which was included in many“Best Jazz Of 2019”lists, including NPR, Rolling Stone and Jazz Times magazine. NPR’s Kevin Whitehead says, “All the parts fit together like clockwork on Allison Miller’s new album.” The band has toured extensively throughout the US, Europe and Asia as well as being featured on such programs as NPR’s Fresh Air with Terry Gross,Tiny Desk with Bob Boilen, WNYC’s Soundcheck and NewSounds with John Schaefer, and Jazz Night in America with Christian McBride.
While breaking from leading Boom Tic Boom, Miller focuses on collaborations, co-directing Parlour Game with Jenny Scheinman and Science Fair with Carmen Staaf. Parlour Game’s debut album also made“Best Jazz Of 2019” lists, including LA Times, Boston Globe, The Nation, and was recently featured onNPR’s Weekend Edition. Miller is also a proud member of the critically acclaimed Bluenote recording supergroup Artemis, and is the musical director for Camille A. Brown’s Ink.
As a side-musician, Miller has been the rhythmic force behind such artists as Sara Bareilles, Ani DiFranco, Natalie Merchant, Brandi Carlile, Toshi Reagon, Dr.Lonnie Smith, Patricia Barber, Marty Ehrlich, Ben Allison, and Late Night with Seth Meyers.
Allison teaches at the New School for Jazz and Contemporary Music (where she was recently named a Melba Liston Fellow), Stanford Jazz Workshop, Centrum, Geri Allen Jazz Camp, and is the Artistic Director of Jazz Camp West. She has been appointed Arts Envoy to Thailand for her work with Jazz Education Abroad and endorses Yamaha drums, Zildjian cymbals, Vic Firth heads, Evans drumheads and Sunhouse percussion.
“…Glitter Wolf is undeniably accessible, gloriously melodic and funky as hell.” – New York City Jazz Record
“Ms. Miller is a drummer, bandleader and composer with an aesthetic of limberpoise, drawn at once to brisk maneuvers and deep grooves.” – The New York Times
“Ten years into the band’s existence, these musicians are firing on all cylinders…Glitter Wolf sounds like an album by Boom Tic Boom-and no one else.” – Downbeat
“…the album defies expectations with a mix of head-bobbing grooves and richmelodies…” – The Los Angeles Times