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Allison Miller's Boom Tic Boom

  • Musical Theater Heritage Crown Center 2450 Grand Boulevard Kansas City, MO, 64108 United States (map)

Hailed by Downbeat as one of the top 20 jazz drummers, Allison Miller marries her love of composition, drumming, and community in the form of her critically acclaimed band, Boom Tic Boom. Described as cinematic chamber jazz, this leading-edge quintet’s music—featuring Jenny Scheinman on violin, Carmen Staaf on piano, Ben Goldberg on clarinet, Todd Sickafoose on bass, and Miller on drums- is at turns challenging and accessible, teasing and tough, virtuosic but never overbearing, and always grooving. Miller’s compositions reflect her diverse musical upbringing and versatile palette and she aims to, in true collective spirit, highlight each member of the band.

This year marks Boom Tic Boom’s 10 year anniversary and they are celebrating with the release of their 5th album, Glitter Wolf, on Royal Potato Family. The band has evolved over the years developing a truly unique sound. The current material is full of surprises and has been described as a celebratory genre-busting organic mash up of Bach, clave, klezmer, and the Jazz Messengers. Previous releases include Boom Tic Boom (2010), Live at Willisau (2012), No Morphine No Lilies (2013), and Otis was a Polar Bear (2016). Boom Tic Boom has toured extensively throughout the United States and Europe. Notable performances include the Chicago Jazz Festival, SF Jazz Center, Earshot Jazz Festival, North Sea Jazz Festival, Molde Jazz, Müenster Jazz Festival, Mary Lou Williams Jazz Festival, Stanford Jazz Festival, Lugo Jazz Festival, Saalfelden Jazz, Willisau Jazz Festival, Hyde Park Jazz Festival, Pittsburgh International Jazz Festival, Reykjavik Jazz Festival, Burlington Discover Jazz, and Iowa City Jazz Festival.

The band has been met with critical acclaim receiving 4.5 stars from Downbeat and making “Top 10 Jazz Albums” lists for The LA Times, Downbeat Magazine, Jazz Journalists Association, and Something Else. The title track, Otis was a Polar Bear, is included in NPR’s 2018 “The 200 Greatest Songs By 21st Century Women” publication. Press features include WNYC’s New Sounds with John Schaefer, NPR’s Tiny Desk Concert series with Bob Boilen, JazzSet with Dee Dee Bridgewater, WBGO’s The Checkout: Live with Josh Jackson and Simon Rentner, and NPR’s Jazz Night in America with Christian McBride. Boom Tic Boom is a recipient of Chamber Music America’s “Presenter Consortium for Jazz Grant” and is proudly sponsored by Mid-Atlantic Arts Foundation.