Allison Miller

music director

Allison Miller (music director) is a New York City-based drummer/composer/teacher who engages her deep roots in improvisation as a vehicle to explore all music. Described by critics as a charismatic and rhythmically propulsive drummer with melodic sensi­bility, Miller has been named a Top 20 Jazz Drummers in Downbeat Magazine. Her band, Boom Tic Boom, is a 2014 recipient of Chamber Music America’s Presenter Con­sortium for Jazz Grant and is proudly sponsored by Mid-Atlantic Arts Foundation. As a side-musician, Miller has been the rhythmic force behind such artists as Ani DiFranco, Natalie Merchant, Brandi Carlile, Toshi Reagon, Dr. Lonnie Smith, Patricia Barber, Marty Ehrlich, Ben Allison, the Meredith Vieira Show, and Late Night with Seth Meyers. She is the musical director of Speak, And Still You Must Swing and Celebrate, and co-leads Honey Ear Trio and Holler and Bam. Miller teaches at the New School for Jazz and Contemporary Music in NYC and endorses Yamaha drums, Zildjian cymbals, Vic Firth heads, and Evans drum­heads. “…Miller’s craftiness as a percus­sionist is met by her ingenuity as a composer and group conceptualist” (The New Yorker).