Allison Miller's Boom Tic Boom

Allison Miller's Boom Tic Boom

Saturday, April 16th

Doors: 7:00 pm / Show: 8:00 pm

$22 adv / $24 door

Allison Miller
Allison Miller
"Allison is a refreshingly honest player. She plays as she is, which is great because she is such an open-hearted, humble, graceful person." – Ani DiFranco


Drummer/composer Allison Miller presents a special night of original music showcasing her regularly touring band, Boom Tic Boom. This leading-edge quintet's music—featuring Myra Melford on piano, Jenny Scheinman on violin, Kirk Knuffke on cornet, Todd Sickafoose on bass and Miller on drums—is at turns challenging and accessible, teasing and tough, virtuosic but never overbearing. It thrives on surprises spawned from collective improvisation and projects a vast array of tonal colors, rhythmic and harmonic shape-shifts and rich emotions. Miller's will be premiering new original works as well as music from her most recent release, No Morphine, No Lilies (4.5 stars/Best of 2013- Downbeat Magazine) and BOOM TIC BOOM ("Top 10 Jazz Album of 2010-LA Times).  Special guest Ben Goldberg on clarinet and Rachel Friedman on vocals will be joining Boom Tic Boom for their debut appearance at The Addition.

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Allison Miller gathers inspiration from a wide array of genres. Hailing from a robust Washington DC Jazz tradition, she engages her deep roots in groove and 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. Miller's band, Boom Tic Boom, features her compositions and is a 2014 recipient of Chamber Music America's "Presenter Consortium for Jazz" grant. All three of her band's commercial releases (No Morphine No Lilies, Live at Willisau, and Boom Tic Boom,) have been met with critical acclaim winning coveted placement in "Top 10 Jazz Album" lists, including, Downbeat, LA Times, Jazz Journalist Assoc., and Something Else. The band has been 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, and Brandi Carlile; and her jazz skills have been embraced by everyone from organ legend Dr. Lonnie Smith to avant-garde saxophonist Marty Ehrlich, guitarist Fred Frith, and bassist/composer Ben Allison.

She 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.