Drummer Allison Miller with Colors of Jazz Host Bonnie Johnson
June 23, 2021
Allison Miller Talks ARTEMIS: The Band, the Album and the “Mothership Connection:”
Colors of Jazz host Bonnie Johnson caught up with drummer, composer, and teacher Allison Miller of the jazz “supergroup” ARTEMIS in advance of kicking off summer at Freihofer’s Saratoga Jazz Festival. With awards including Downbeat’s 67th Annual Critics Poll for “Rising Star Drummer,” JazzTimes’s 2019 Critics Poll for “Best Jazz Drummer,” Allison’s longtime band, Boom Tic Boom also won the Jazz Journalists Association’s 2019 award for “Best Mid-Sized Ensemble.” She shares anecdotes about ARTEMIS coming together, living through the pandemic, and getting back to playing live as things are opening up. The band ARTEMIS is comprised of pianist and musical director Renee Rosnes, clarinetist Anat Cohen, tenor saxophonist/s Melissa Aldana (on the album), Nicole Glover (on the tour), trumpeter Ingrid Jensen, bassist Noriko Ueda, drummer Allison Miller, and featured vocalist Cécile McLorin Salvant. Their debut album ARTEMIS was released by Blue Note Records in 2020.