Meet Drummer Allison Miller
Being a woman in a still male-dominated musical genre has special meaning for Allison and she is committed to being a role model for younger female musicians. "One of my dreams is to have a school for young girls. I love teaching and if I can pass on the tradition to young girls, that's more important to me than anything." Miller believes that diversity brings innovative energy and results in a stronger session. She realizes that one of the most important things that musicians bring with them is their own experience and individuality. "Jazz musicians play like their life. The older you get, and the more experiences you have, changes the way you play, so I think a man plays like what is given to him in his life and a woman plays the same way. Women go through different situations than men do, so how can you deny that?" When things get rough she relies on some sage advice, "Straight ahead and strive for tone, Ray Drummond says that all the time. Keep your vision and keep doin' what you're doin' and stay positive, then you will rise above the negativity that could pull you down." With her ability to stylistically adapt while maintaining a solid sense of self, drummer Allison Miller is setting a torrid pace.
Rachel Z, On the Milky Way Express: The Music of Wayne Shorter (Shrapnel-Tone Center, 2000)
Virginia Mayhew, No Walls (Foxhaven, 2001)
Virginia Mayhew, Phantoms (Renma, 2002)
Kitty Margolis, Heart & Soul: Live in San Francisco (Mad-Kat, 2003)
Allison Miller, 5AM Stroll (Foxhaven, 2003)
Agrazing Maze (with Allison Miller), At the End of the Day (Foxhaven, 2004)