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Allison Miller

Jerome Mirza Jazz Residency


Andrew Crawford

Music Administrator and Managing Director of Jazz Year

2 East South Street

Galesburg, IL 61401-4999


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The Jerome Mirza Jazz Residency at Knox College brings world-renowned jazz artists to campus for a week of intensive and collaborative jazz activities with Knox College students, culminating in a free public concert at the historic Orpheum Theatre.

Allison Miller's Boom Tic Boom
Friday, November 5, 2021
Orpheum Theatre
Galesburg, IL

Masks & Visitor Screening Required
*All Visitors Must Provide One of the Following*
Paper or Digital Vaccination Card
Knox  ID
Knox Recurring Visitor Lanyard   
Proof of a negative COVID test within 72 hours
For unvaccinated children under the age of 12, a separate family section will be available.

The Following workshops are open to the public.  Masks and Visitor Screening Required.

Monday, Nov 1st:
6:30pm: Rhythm & Movement Workshop @ Jay Rehearsal Hall
Allison will teach specific rhythmic exercises that will get each student moving, improve their rhythm, and deepen their connection of mind and body.

Tuesday, Nov 2nd:
4pm: How to Practice workshop @ Jay rehearsal hall
Allison will offer a clear and concise approach to practicing for all instruments.

7pm: We are all Composers @ Jay Rehearsal Hall
Allison will share her journey becoming a composer and impart compositional approaches she has learned and developed over the years. 

Wednesday, Nov 3rd:
7pm: Open Boom Tic Boom Rehearsal/Q&A @ Jay Rehearsal Hall
Come hear a preview of Friday’s concert, and see a professional band rehearse.

Thursday, Nov 4th:
4pm: Discover your creativity: Improvisation workshop with the members of Boom Tic Boom @ Jay Rehearsal Hall
Allison will engage you in exercises that will help lay aside self-imposed barriers and allow you to fully tap into your creativity.

7-10pm: Jazz Night @ Galesburg Community Arts Center
Come hear Boom Tic Boom and the Cherry St combo perform together.  

NYC-based drummer/composer/teacher Allison Miller engages her deep roots in improvisation as a vehicle to explore all music. Described by critics as a Modern Jazz Icon in the Making, Miller won Downbeat magazine’s 67th Annual Critics Poll “Rising Star Drummer” and JazzTimes magazine’s Critics Poll. Her composition, “Otis Was a Polar Bear”, is included on NPR’s list of The 200 Greatest Songs by 21st Century Women+. She is also the first recipient of the Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation’s Commissioning Grant. 

Miller, a three time Jazz Ambassador for the U.S. State Department, was Monterey Jazz Festival’s 2019 Artist in Residence, and her band, Boom Tic Boom, celebrated its 10th anniversary with the release of their 5th album, Glitter Wolf, which was included in many “Best Jazz Of 2019” lists, including NPR, Rolling Stone, Paste, Jazz Times, and Bandcamp as well as being featured on such programs as NPR’s Fresh Air with Terry Gross, Tiny Desk, WNYC’s Soundcheck and New Sounds, and Jazz Night in America with Christian McBride.

As a side-musician, Miller has been the rhythmic force behind such artists as Sara Bareilles, Ani DiFranco, Natalie Merchant, Brandi Carlile, Toshi Reagon, Dr. Lonnie Smith, Patricia Barber, Marty Ehrlich, Ben Allison, and Late Night with Seth Meyers.

The Mirza Jazz Residency Boom Tic Boom concert will feature pianist Myra Melford, violinist Jenny Scheinman, clarinetist Ben Goldberg, trumpet player Jason Palmer, bassist Todd Sickafoose, and Miller on drums and compositions.

Jerome Mirza Jazz Residency Guest Artists

2020: Virtual Residency featuring Camila Meza, Amir ElSaffar, Allison Miller, Fabian Almazan, Nduduzo Mathakini, Ulysses Owens Jr., and Jeremy Cunningham

2019: Caroline Davis and Rob Clearfield Quartet

2018: Steven Bernstein Quartet

2017: Maria Schneider 

2016: Marquis Hill Blacktet

2015: Matt Wilson Quartet

2014: Donny McCaslin Casting for Gravity Quartet

2013: Ben Allison Quartet

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