LISTEN :: Allison Miller’s Boom Tic Boom returns with “Otis Was A Polar Bear” | The Royal Potato Family

LISTEN :: Allison Miller’s Boom Tic Boom returns with “Otis Was A Polar Bear”

LISTEN :: Allison Miller’s Boom Tic Boom returns with “Otis Was A Polar Bear”

Allison Miller’s Boom Tic Boom returns with
Otis Was A Polar Bear—their second album on RPF—out April 8 on LP, CD + Digital formats.


Allison Miller’s Boom Tic Boom features Jenny Scheinman, Kirk Knuffke, Ben Goldberg, Todd Sickafoose and Myra Melford.

Listen to the title track, “Otis Was A Polar Bear

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 new full-length studio album, Otis Was a Polar Bear. The album is Miller’s latest collection of 10 original compositions following her 2013 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.

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Upcoming Tour Dates:
Apr. 8 – The Royal Room – Seattle, WA
Apr. 9 – Alberta St. Pub – Portland, OR (w/ Blue Cranes)
Apr. 10 – Kate Buchanan Room HSU – Arcata, CA
Apr. 14 – Kuumbwa – Santa Cruz, CA
Apr. 15 – The Blue Whale – Los Angeles, CA
Apr. 16 – Freight and Salvage – Berkeley, CA
Apr. 17 – Beach Dancing and Dynamite Society – Half Moon Bay, CA *
Apr. 26 – Bloomsburg Univ. w. Percussion Workshop – Bloomsburg, PA
Apr. 27 – Bloomsburg Univ. Proscenium Hall – Bloomsburg, PA  *
Apr. 28 – Mercyhurst Institute for Arts and Culture: Walker Recital Hall – Erie, PA *
Apr. 29 – Carnegie Hall – Lewisburg, WV *
Apr. 30 – Jazz Club at Jefferson Center – Roanoke, VA *
May 1 –  Creative Alliance – Baltimore, MD *
May 3 – TBA – Charlottesville, VA *
May 6 – Firehouse 12 – New Haven, CT *
May 7 – Mass MoCA – North Adams, MA *
May 8 – Pioneer Valley Jazz Shares: Institute for the Musical Arts – Goshen, MA *
May 9 – Dizzy’s Club Coca-Cola – New York, NY *
May 13 – Ars Nova Workshop: Philadelphia Art Alliance – Philadelphia, PA *
May 14 – Kennedy Center: 21st Annual Mary Lou Williams Jazz Festival – Washington, DC *
Jul. 1 – Iowa City Jazz Festival – Iowa City, IA *

* w/ Boom Tic Boom