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Allison Miller is a New York City-based drummer, singer, composer. She has recorded three albums: 5 AM Stroll, Boom Tic Boom and No Morphine, No Lilies, as well as working as a session musician. Her work with bands has included forming the band “emma,” with Erin McKeown, and her own band, Allison Miller’s Boom Tic Boom.
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Miller has performed with songwriting vocalists Ani DiFranco, Natalie Merchant, and Erin McKeown, and toured with avant-garde saxophonist Marty Ehrlich and organist Doctor Lonnie Smith and folk-rock singer Brandi Carlile.
Miller is also a collaborative member of Agrazing Maze, composed of Ingrid Jensen (trumpet), Enrique Haneine (piano), Carlo DeRosa (bass) and Miller on drums. Their album, At the End of the Day, was released on Foxhaven Records in November 2005 and was voted a “Top 10 Jazz Record of 2005” in All About Jazz NY.
Miller began playing the drums at age 10, and quickly began studying with a top teacher in the Washington D.C. area, Walter Salb. In 1991, she was featured in Downbeat magazine’s “Up and Coming” spotlight. She soon began playing in clubs in Washington D.C. and eventually received a Bachelor of Music Performance degree at West Virginia University. After graduating summa cum laude in 1996, she moved to New York City to begin her career as a freelance drummer and continue her studies with Michael Carvin.
Miller has since performed and recorded with Natalie Merchant, Ani DiFranco, Brandi Carlile, Kenny Barron, Norah Jones, Doctor Lonnie Smith, Steven Bernstein, Ray Drummond, Peter Bernstein, Erin McKeown, Sheila Jordan, Marty Ehrlich, George Garzone, Melissa Ferrick, Kitty Margolis, Michael Feinstein, Shahin Novrasli, Toshi Reagon, Mike Stern, Kevin Mahogany, Ingrid Jensen, Paul Bollenback, Barbara Dennerlein, Mimi Fox, John McNeil, Jenny Scheinman, Virginia Mayhew, Bruce Barth, Mark Soskin, Harvie S, poet Alix Olsen and the band Betty. Miller’s drumming and composing have also been featured on the Showtime hit series, The L Word.
In addition, Miller was chosen by the US State Department to tour East Africa, Eurasia and Southeast Asia as a Jazz Ambassador.
Allison Miller recently founded the “Walter Salb Memorial Scholarship Foundation” in honor of her late teacher and mentor. The foundation annually provides a promising young musician a monetary award directed toward furthering their studies in music.
Miller also holds an adjunct teaching position at Kutztown University and gives lessons and master classes at additional universities and high schools throughout the United States, including NYU, UMASS Amherst, University of Alaska, Elon University, University of South Florida, West Virginia University, Berkeley Jazz School, University of the Pacific, UC Berkeley and the University of Maryland. She recently had one of her lessons published in DRUM magazine and has also been featured in Downbeat, Jazz Times, Modern Drummer, All About Jazz NY, and Female Musician magazine.
5am Stroll (Foxhaven Records) (2005)
Boom tic Boom (Foxhaven Records) (2010)
No Morphine No Lilies featuring Boom Tick Boom (The Royal Potato Family, Foxhaven Records) (2013)
NYC-based drummer Allison Miller defies all boundaries bringing her individual sound to diverse types of music while preserving their stylistic authenticity. She approaches each of these musical situations with a creative, fresh and energetic approach. Allison was chosen as “Rising Star Drummer” in Downbeat Magazine’s 53rd, , 58th, 59th, and 60th Annual Critics Poll. As well as the “Top 20 Jazz Drummer” list for the 60th Annual Critics Poll.
Raised in the Washington D.C. area, Miller began playing the drums at the age of ten, studying with Walter Salb, and was soon thereafter featured in Downbeat magazine’s “Up and Coming” section in 1991. Five years later, after graduating, Summa Cum-Laude, from West Virginia University she moved to New York City to study with Michael Carvin and Lenny White and pursue what has become a fruitful career as a bandleader, freelance drummer, composer, producer, and teacher.
Miller spends much of her time touring her critically acclaimed group, BOOM TIC BOOM, but her talents have also landed her gigs in the mainstream music world, with artists like Natalie Merchant, Ani DiFranco, and Brandi Carlile; and her jazz skills have been embraced by everyone from avant-garde saxophonist Marty Ehrlich to organ legend Dr. Lonnie Smith, with a wide range of leaders in between, including Toshi Reagon, Steven Bernstein, Ben Allison, Hal Willner, Indigo Girls, Amy Ray, Todd Sickafoose, Jenny Scheinman, Ellery Eskelin, Ray Drummond, Sheila Jordan, George Garzone, Mike Stern, Kevin Mahogany.
Allison’s second release as a leader, BOOM TIC BOOM (Foxhaven Records), was named “Top 10 Jazz Albums of 2010” by the LA Times. The album features pianist Myra Melford, violinist Jenny Scheinman, and bassist Todd Sickafoose. They have been featured at many festivals, including: The Earshot Jazz Festival, Saalfelden International Jazz Festival, Willisau International Jazz Festival, Redwood Jazz Festival, Mary Lou Williams/Kennedy Center Jazz Festival, East Coast Jazz Festival, and theArs Nova Series. BTB recently made NPR’s 2012 “Top 5 Bands to Discover” list at NYC’s renowned Winter Jazz Festival and is featured on NPR’s “Tiny Desk Concert” series with Bob Boilen, and “JazzSet” with Dee Dee Bridgewater.
She also co-leads Honey Ear Trio with Rene Hart on bass and electronics, and Erik Lawrence on reeds. Their 2011 release, “Steampunk Serenade” (Foxhaven Records) has been met with critical acclaim. “One of the year’s most impressive jazz debuts.” – Time Out NYC.
Miller has also been recognized by The US State Department when she was chosen to tour East Africa, Eurasia and Southeast Asia as a Jazz Ambassador.
Allison also produced the critically acclaimed children’s album. Ask the Planet (2009). Organized by the Biomimicry Institute, Ask the Planet connects environmentalism with song, while educating children about respecting the environment and learning from nature’s plan. Ask the Planet was awarded the “National Parent Award” in 2009.
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.
Passing on the tradition of jazz drumming is also very important to Allison. She was on Modern Drummer’s 2011 Pro-panel and is on Yamaha’s Top 30 Clinicians List and, since 2004, has been a member of the Kutztown University music faculty. Her lessons and writings have been published in Modern Drummer, DRUM, Tom Tom, and Drummer UK magazine.
Allison has been featured in DRUM, Downbeat, Jazz Times, Modern Drummer, Drummer UK, The LA Times, Jazziz, Yamaha All Access 360, Tom Tom, Traps, All About Jazz NY, and Female Musician magazine. She endorses Yamaha drums, Zildjian cymbals, Vic Firth sticks and mallets, Evans heads, and LP Percussion.
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