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Allison Miller BOOM TIC BOOM! :: ‘Otis Was A Polar Bear’

Allison Miller’s BOOM TIC BOOM! is set to release their next album Otis Was  A Polar Bear on April 8 via Royal Potato Family.

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The most poignant music is often inspired by watershed events in an artist’s life, and few occasions are more transformative than the arrival of one’s first child. For Allison Miller, the extraordinary drummer, composer and leader of her band Boom Tic Boom, that life-affirming experience provided the seed that led to the creation of her latest full-length studio album, Otis Was a Polar Bear.

The recording, with violinist Jenny Scheinman, cornet player Kirk Knuffke, clarinetist Ben Goldberg, upright bassist Todd Sickafoose and pianist Myra Melford, is Miller’s latest collection of 10 original compositions following 2013’s critically acclaimed No Morphine, No Lilies, which Downbeat Magazine said “reveals her exemplary chops and stylistic breadth.” The birth of Miller’s (and partner Rachel’s) daughter Josie found the NYC-based drummer reordering her priorities and the very way in which she approached her art, resulting in Boom Tic Boom’s most dynamic and inspired album yet.

Catch Allison Miller On Tour:

April 6 – Brooklyn Bowl (w/ Dr. Lonnie Smith) – Brooklyn, NY
April 8th – The Royal Room – Seattle, WA
April 9th – St. Alberta’s Pub w/ The Blue Cranes – Portland, OR
April 10th – Redwood Jazz Alliance – Arcata, CA
April 12th – Golden Lion Arts – Sacramento, CA
April 14th – Kuumbwa – Santa Cruz, CA
April 15th – The Blue Whale – LA, CA
April 16th – Freight and Salvage – Berkeley, CA
April 17th – Bach Dynamite and Dancing Society – Half Moon Bay, CA
April 26 – Bloomsburg Univ. – Bloomsburg, PA
April 27th – Bloomsburg Univ.  – Bloomsburg, PA
April 28th – Merceyhurst Univ. – Erie, PA
April 29 – Carnegie Hall – Lewisburg, WV
April 30 – Jefferson Center – Roanoke VA
May 1st – Creative Alliance – Baltimore MD
May 3rd – Charlottesville VA Jazz Society
May 5th – Ars Nova Philly, PA (details coming soon)
May 6th –  Firehouse 12 – New Haven, CT
May 7th – Mass Moca – North Adams, MA
May 8th – Pioneer Valley Jazz Shares at the IMA
May 9th – Dizzy’s – New York, NY
May 14th – 21st – Mary Lou Williams Jazz Festival at Kennedy Center – Washington DC
July 1st – Iowa City Jazz Festival – Iowa City, IA

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