Allison Miller’s Boom Tic Boom

Allison Miller

Allison Miller’s Boom Tic Boom





Allison Miller’s Boom Tic Boom


  • $45 Thursday Edgepass General Admission
  • $15 - this concert only - SOLD OUT General Admission
  • $5 - this concert only - SOLD OUT Student
  • Allison Miller, drums
  • Jenny Scheinman, violin
  • Carmen Staaf, piano
  • Kirk Knuffke, cornet
  • Jeff Lederer, clarinet
  • Todd Sickafoose, bass

Event Details

Hailed by Downbeat as one of the top 20 jazz drummers, Allison Miller brings her critically acclaimed band, Boom Tic Boom, to the Wexner for a special night of original instrumental music. Described as cinematic chamber jazz, this leading-edge sextet’s music—featuring Jenny Scheinman on violin, Carmen Staaf on piano, Kirk Knuffke on cornet, Jeff Lederer on clarinet, Todd Sickafoose on bass, and Miller on drums- is at turns challenging and accessible, teasing and tough, virtuosic but never overbearing, and always grooving. Miller’s compositions reflect her diverse musical upbringing and versatile palette and she aims to, in true collective spirit, highlight each member of the band.

Boom Tic Boom is celebrating 10 years together and will be showcasing music from their 2016 release, Otis Was a Polar Bear, as well as new music recorded this year. Miller’s current material is full of surprises and has been described as a celebratory genre-busting organic mash up of Bach, clave, klezmer, and the Jazz Messengers.

This performance is made possible by the generous support of Nimish and Niraj Ganatra.

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THURSDAY LINEUP (Subject to change.)

Joseph Daley Tuba Trio

Allison Miller's Boom Tic Boom

William Hooker (drums) with Michael Malis (piano)

Encore Records at 417 E. Liberty St. has sponsored and hosted the Tuesday evening Fringe events. Check back later for our exact schedule, and check out Encore Records for one of the most interesting music selections in the area!
Additional support for Edgefest is made possible in part by an award from the National Endowment for the Arts. Art Works.
Additional support for the festival is also provided by The University of Michigan School of Music, Theatre, & Dance and the University of Michigan Museum of Art.

Allison Miller

NYC-based drummer/composer/teacher Allison Miller has been named "Top 20 Jazz Drummers” in Downbeat Magazine. Her band, Boom Tic Boom, is a recipient of Chamber Music America’s “Presenter Consortium for Jazz Grant” and Boom Tic Boom’s 2016 release, Otis was a Polar Bear, was chosen for NPR’s Jazz Critics Poll (2016).

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, Ben Allison, Late Night with Seth Meyers, Camille A. Brown and co-leads Holler and Bam and Honey Ear Trio. Allison teaches at the New School for Jazz and Contemporary Music in NYC and, starting in 2018, will become the new Artistic Director of Jazz Camp West. She is an Arts Envoy to Thailand and three-time Jazz Ambassador. Allison endorses Yamaha drums, Zildjian cymbals, Vic Firth heads, and Evans drumheads.

Jenny Scheinman

Jenny Scheinman is a singer, violin player, composer and arranger. She grew up on a homestead in Northern California in a family of folk musicians, studied at Oberlin Conservatory, graduated with a degree in English literature from UC Berklee, and has been performing since she was a teenager. She has taken the #1 Rising Star Violinist title in the Downbeat Magazine Critics Poll and has been listed as one of their Top Ten Overall Violinists for a decade. She has garnered numerous high-profile arranging credits with Lucinda Williams, Bono, Lou Reed, Metallica and Sean Lennon, and has toured and recorded with Bill Frisell, Bruce Cockburn, Norah Jones, Madeleine Peyroux, Nels Cline, Vinicius Cantuaria, Rodney Crowell, Jimmie Dale Gilmore, and Mark Ribot. She has seven CDs of original music to date; Mischief & Mayhem, Jenny Scheinman, Crossing The Field, 12 Songs, Shalagaster, The Rabbi’s Lover and Live At Yoshi’s.

Carmen Staaf

Carmen Staaf is a rising star on the New York and Los Angeles jazz scenes, as well as an in-demand player in world and new music settings. She won the 2009 Mary Lou Williams Women in Jazz Pianist Competition and was chosen last year for the prestigious Thelonious Monk Institute of Jazz Performance Ensemble at UCLA's Herb Alpert School of Music, where she is completing her Master’s degree in music. A classically trained pianist, she studied music in Cuba for six months as well as immersing herself in music from India, Eastern Europe, West Africa and Mexico; she brings these diverse influences to her foundation in swing. As a consequence of this versatility, she has performed with great musicians from many traditions, from playing at Carnegie Hall with Lila Downs, as a guest soloist with the Lincoln Center Jazz Orchestra with Wynton Marsalis, to duo settings with bass legend Henry Grimes. She has also performed with younger stars such as Alan Hampton and Kate McGarry, and she currently works with drummer Allison Miller and Roberto Rodriguez’s Octeto Masada (of John Zorn’s Masada project).

With the Monk Institute, Carmen gives outreach presentations on jazz history and performance to students around the country. Staaf has also taught in the piano department at Berklee College of Music (beginning at age 24 upon finishing her undergraduate studies) and at the Swarnabhoomi Academy of Music in India. She has toured the U.S., Europe, Latin America, and Asia, most recently performing with Wayne Shorter, Herbie Hancock and the Monk Institute ensemble at the Hollywood Bowl during the Playboy Jazz Festival. She also toured Morocco with Herbie Hancock and Dee Dee Bridgewater, appearing as well on the Tavis Smiley Show with Dee Dee and Irvin Mayfield. The Carmen Staaf Sextet’s forthcoming album of standards due out this spring features her uniquely sensitive approach to arranging and improvisation, as well as inspired performances by key members of the creative improvised music world including George Schuller and Dave Ballou. 

Kirk Knuffke

Cornetist and Composer Kirk Knuffke is the winner of Downbeat Magazine's "Rising Star"critics poll for 2015. A recipient of the Jerome Foundation composers grant, Kirk has released 15 recordings as a leader or co-leader. "One of modern jazz’s most skilled navigators of the divide between inside and outside, freedom and swing", he has "full command of his most demanding instrument” – All About Jazz. Kirk placed in the top five in the World in the El Intruso critics poll and was one of 6 nominees for Trumpeter of the year by the Jazz Journalist Association.

Matt Wilson, Allison Miller, Butch Morris, Uri Caine, Michael Formanek, and many more have hired him as a sideman for over 60 recordings, he has been called "One of New York City's busiest musicians" - New York Times.

Knuffke has been based in NYC since 2005. Shortly after his arrival Knuffke began playing with Butch Morris, this friendship resulted in 4 recordings and several European tours. Kirk joined the celebrated Matt Wilson Quartet in 2009, recording "Gathering Call" (Palmetto) featuring John Medeski and touring each year. 2016 brought Matt Wilson's "Beginning of a memory" Palmetto, which received 5 stars in Downbeat Magazine. Michael Formaneks "The Distance" ECM was also awarded 5 stars this year. Knuffke also plays in "Sifter" with Mary Halvorson and Wilson, Ideal Bread, Allison Miller's "Boom Tic Boom", Todd Sickafoose's "Tiny Resistors" and groups led by Ray Anderson, Uri Caine, Mark Helias, Bill Goodwin, Karl Berger and Ted Brown to name a few. "Arm and Hands" a recent release garnering praise from every major Jazz publication as 4 Stars in Downbeat magazine review and Sunday New York Times. The Following CDs "Little Cross" Steeplechase records and "Lamplighter" Fresh Sound Records have also received much praise.
Kirk Has had feature articles in Downbeat Magazine, Jazz Times, Germany's "Sonic", and Denmark's "JazzSpecial" among others. 

Jeff Lederer

Jeff Lederer (b.1962) is a saxophonist/clarinetist whose unique musical language balances the values of ecstatic expression and swing. His playing has recently been described as “speaking in tongues” (Hartford Courant) and “slaying dragons” (NPR).

Lederer is the leader of the left-wing Christian rock band “Shakers n' Bakers” which re-imagines “Vision Songs” of the Shakers through the lens of the music of Albert Ayler on the group's two CD's. With his wife, vocalist Mary LaRose, he has produced 4 albums on the GM, CIMP and his own Little I Music labels. Lederer's Latin-inspired interpretation of the Vivaldi Four Seasons, “Los Sazones” for Orchestra and Salsa Band, was commissioned and premeired by the Chicago Symphony in 2003 and has been performed by them twice as well as by the Los Angeles Philharmonic and many regional orchestras.

His new band, “Sunwatcher” is a musical love letter to Albert Ayler which evokes Albert's spirit without mimcry of his repetoire or style. Along with Jamie Saft (piano), Buster Williams(bass) , and Matt Wilson (drums), Lederer reaches for the sounds of the sacred and the profane. The quartet's recording will be released in June 2011 on the Jazzheads label.

Lederer is a long-time member of the Matt Wilson quartet as well as salsa artist Jimmy Bosch's band. He is also currently a member of the Bobby Sanabria Big Band and the Katie Bull project. Upcoming projects will include work the the string quartet Brooklyn Rider and Michael Musilami. A committed educator, Lederer works with the NYC Public Schools as well as a curriculum consultant for the Harmony Program and with Jazz at Lincoln Center.

Todd Sickafoose

A Bay Area native, Sickafoose spent some years in Los Angeles studying bass with Charlie Haden and composition with the great, late Mel Powell. Since then, he's been recording, performing, and producing with a ton of innovative folks and genre benders including Ani DiFranco, Andrew Bird, Nels Cline, Jenny Scheinman, Ron Miles, Trey Anastasio, Yoko Ono, Myra Melford, Tin Hat Trio, Adam Levy, Skerik, Allison Miller, Stanton Moore, Bobby Previte, Scott Amendola, Will Bernard, Stebmo, Jessica Lurie, Shane Endsley, Erin McKeown, Anaïs Mitchell, Gina Leishman, Carla Bozulich, Noe Venable, Etienne de Rocher, James Carney, Erik Deutsch, Tony Furtado, and Darol Anger.
The consistency of his personal voice within wildly diverse collaborations prompted the LA Weekly in 2004 to call Todd "one of the most comprehensive musical minds of this coast". Since 2005, Todd has been living in Brooklyn, NY.