Drums – Jazz Camp Week 2
YC-based drummer, composer, and 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. Allison has been named “Rising Star Drummer” and in the “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.”
Miller’s Boom Tic Boom, featuring pianist Myra Melford, violinist Jenny Scheinman, clarinetist Ben Goldberg, cornet player Kirk Knuffke, bassist Todd Sickafoose, and Miller on drums and composition, is currently celebrating it’s fourth release, Otis was a Polar Bear (Royal Potato Family).
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 Marthe 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, bassist/composer Todd Sickafoose, and Ben Allison. She 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 on the faculty at The New School for Jazz, Kutztown University, and Jazz Camp West, as well as SJW. Her lessons and writing have ben 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.