Allison Miller
United States
Chosen as "Rising Star Drummer" in Downbeat's 53rd Annual Critics Poll "The superb drumming of relative newcomer Allison Miller revealed that high-quality talent continues to flow into the jazz mainstream"
- Don Heckman, LA Times

NYC-based drummer, Allison Miller, defies all boundaries, playing many styles of music well. She brings her individual sound to many types of music while preserving their stylistic authenticity. Allison goes from playing with pop legend Natalie Merchant to touring Europe with avant-garde saxophonist Marty Ehrlich and legendary organist Doctor Lonnie Smith. She approaches each of these musical situations with her own stylistic identity and a creative, fresh, and energetic approach.

Allison Miller is currently dividing her time among many exciting projects. While on the West Coast she is collaborating with pianist, Taylor Eigsti, and bassist Jon Evans. This trio, named TILT, is developing into an exciting and fresh unit. She also continues to celebrate her debut release as a bandleader, 5am stroll, on Foxhaven Records. This critically acclaimed album features Boom Tic Boom: the masterful Ray Drummond on bass, Steve Wilson on alto saxophone and alto flute, Virginia Mayhew on tenor saxophone, and Bruce Barth on piano. Together they join Allison in representing eight beautiful renditions of her compositions

Allison Miller is also involved in a project called Agrazing Maze. Agrazing Maze is comprised of Ingrid Jensen on trumpet, Enrique Haneine on piano, Carlo DeRosa on bass, and Allison on drums.. Together these four exciting, emerging musicians create, compose, and improvise as a whole, creating unique compositions and a distinct band sound. Their new album, At the End of the Day, will be released on Foxhaven Records in November of 2005. Agrazing Maze was recently featured at the Kennedy Center's 2005 Mary Lou Williams Women in Jazz Festival.

While working on the these projects, Allison Miller still allows time to be an active member in Marty Ehrlich's Sextet, The Natalie Merchant Band, Doctor Lonnie Smith, and the Kitty Margolis backing trio.

Allison Miller began playing the drums at age 10 and never turned back. She quickly began studying with the top teacher in the DC area, Walter Salb. In 1991 she was featured in Downbeat magazine's "Up and Coming" feature. Soon she was playing in clubs in Washington, DC and eventually continued her passion for music by receiving a Bachelor of Music Performance at West Virginia University. After graduating summa cum laude in 1996, she moved to NYC to begin her career as a freelance drummer and continue her studies with the great Michael Carvin.

Allison Miller has performed and recorded with Natalie Merchant, Pino Daniele, Kenny Barron, Norah Jones, Doctor Lonnie Smith, Steven Bernstein, Ray Drummond, Sheila Jordan, Marty Ehrlich, George Garzone, Kitty Margolis, Michael Fienstein, Shahin Novrasli, Toshi Reagon, Mike Stern, Rachel Z, Kevin Mahogany, Ingrid Jensen, Paul Bollenback, Barbara Dennerlein, Mimi Fox, John McNeil, Virginia Mayhew, Bruce Barth, Mark Soskin, Harvie S, poet sensation: Alix Olsen, and the band Betty, as well as The 8G Band, the house band for NBC's Late Night with Seth Meyers.

Allison's drumming and composing are also featured on the new Showtime hit , the "L Word." Allison has also had the wonderful opportunity to be chosen by the US State Dept to tour East Africa, Eurasia and Southeast Asia as a Jazz Ambassador.

Allison Miller gives lessons and masterclasses at universities (NYU, Amherst, U. of Alaska, Elon Univ., U. of Southern Florida, West Virginia Univ., Berkeley Jazz School, U. of the Pacific, Kutztown U.) and high schools throughout the Unites States. She recently had one of her lessons published in DRUM magazine and was featured in Downbeat, Jazz Times, Modern Drummer All About Jazz NY, and Female Musician magazine. Allison endorses Yamaha drums, Zildjian cymbals, Vic Firth sticks and mallets, and LP Percussion.
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