Just because a jazz venue is located right across the street from one of Sacramento’s largest cemeteries does not mean the music is headed to the grave any time soon.
Not with the likes of drummer/composer Allison Miller and her Boom Tic Boom trio making new music that nearly blew the roof off guitarist Ross Hammond’s Gold Lion Arts in the Land Park area tonight. The Wall Street Journal recently described the sound as reminiscent of Art Blakey or Max Roach classic drummer-led jazz ensembles that meets the 21st Century with accents of Middle Eastern, Pakistani and Afro-cuban accents. “(a) sonic palette that is unmistakably contemporary,” wrote WSJ’s Martin Johnson earlier this month.
The Miller experience is currently on tour promoting their new release, “Otis Was A Polar Bear,” which I suggest you get your ears around as soon as possible. The Sacramento performance, as well as the CD, are strong evidence the future of jazz is in good hands with the likes of Allison Miller and her collaborators, which included (from left to right) Kirk Knuffke on cornet, Ben Goldberg on clarinet and Haggai Cohen Milo on bass.
Check out Downbeat’s interview with Miller, who also serves as a jazz ambassador for the U.S. Stae Department, in the May edition of the magazine
Photographs copyright Ken Hunt and Whole Earth Images.
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