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Allison Miller's Boom Tic Boom

Sunday, October 21
The Montana Theatre
The corner of 6th Street East and South Van Buren Avenue. (map)

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Allison Miller

Supported in part by a grant from the Montana Arts Council, an agency of the State Government.

Lakebottom Sound Series is proud to present Allison Miller's Boom Tic Boom on October 21 at The Montana Theatre in partnership with the University of Montana Jazz Program.

“Ms. Miller is a drummer, bandleader and composer with an aesthetic of limber poise, drawn at once to brisk maneuvers and deep grooves.” –Nate Chinen, The New York Times

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 sextet’s music—featuring Jenny Scheinman on violin, Dawn Clement on piano, Kirk Knuffke on cornet, Ben Goldberg on clarinet, Tony Scherr 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 will be celebrating with the release of their 5th album, Vine and Vein (Royal Potato Family.) The band has evolved over the years and has developed 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.

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. 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.

“Miller’s craftiness as a percussionist is met by her ingenuity as a composer and group conceptualist.” -The New Yorker

“Boom Tic Boom has a razor-sharp precision that recalls classic drummer- led ensembles of 50 years ago—the music of Art Blakey, Art Taylor and Max Roach come to mind—but Ms. Miller’s band works from a diverse sonic palette that is unmistakably contemporary." – Martin Johnson (Wall Street Journal.)

“Allison Miller’s BOOM TIC BOOM (is) strong and striking. Miller is deeply committed to her projects and has a band committed to following her there.” –Kurt Gottschalk – NYC Jazz Record