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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 and performing with a ton of innovative folks and genre benders including Ani DiFranco, Don Byron, Trey Anastasio, Jenny Scheinman, Nels Cline, Ron Miles, Myra Melford, Adam Levy, Skerik, Stanton Moore, Bobby Previte, Scott Amendola, Will Bernard, Jessica Lurie, Erin McKeown, Gina Leishman, Carla Bozulich, Noe Venable, Etienne de Rocher, James Carney, Erik Deutsch, Shane Endsley, 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"

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Article: Catching Up With

Will Bernard Finds His Own Path To Jazz Career

Read "Will Bernard Finds His Own Path To Jazz Career" reviewed by Jim Trageser


Guitarist Will Bernard doesn't consider himself a “regular" jazz player. He says this occurred to him when he was being asked to play on some recording sessions in New York. “In New York, I've been doing some recording—I did three records for PosiTone, which is more of a jazz label. They're actually ...

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Article: Radio & Podcasts

Allison Miller and Friends

Read "Allison Miller and Friends" reviewed by Russell Perry


For over a decade, drummer Allison Miller has led and been the principal composer for the band Boom Tic Boom. The group was launched in 2010 as a quartet with Jenny Scheinman on violin, Myra Melford on piano, and Todd Sickafoose on bass, but was augmented to a sextet more recently with the addition of virtuosic ...

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Article: Catching Up With

Allison Miller: Driving the Balance

Read "Allison Miller: Driving the Balance" reviewed by John Pietaro


Allison Miller sits at the vintage Camco drumkit in her Brooklyn home, playing post-bop over a rolling samba. Within the shimmer of an age-darkened cymbal, she switches from sticks to brushes, filling the room with the shush of summer rain, then a sudden hailstorm as her arms, aerial, traverse snare, tom-toms and cymbals in a blurring, ...

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Article: What is Jazz?

2020 Winter JazzFest Marathons: A Survival Guide

Read "2020 Winter JazzFest Marathons: A Survival Guide" reviewed by Ludovico Granvassu


Believe it or not, it is that time of the year again! The holidaze are barely over and a new edition of Winter JazzFest is upon us. Knowing a jazz marathon is the perfect antidote to the holiday shopping and social marathons, producer Brice Rosenbloom and his cohorts have put together a program of gargantuan proportions. ...

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Article: Album Review

Allison Miller's Boom Tic Boom: Glitter Wolf

Read "Glitter Wolf" reviewed by Jennifer DeMeritt


Some jazz musicians dare you to follow them to the rarefied realm of their imagination, where you might discover paradise, or you might get lost in a forest of abstraction. Allison Miller says, “Hey, let's take a ride!" then revs the engine and takes you on a grand tour of a carnival of sounds. A masterful ...

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Article: Radio & Podcasts

Moaning, Whistling, Sighing and Other Jazz Sounds

Read "Moaning, Whistling, Sighing and Other Jazz Sounds" reviewed by Ludovico Granvassu


Jazz--the quintessential open door genre--has a capacity to beautifully integrate all kinds of sources. From music from faraway places to compositions written and instruments used for completely different genres. When it comes to the human voice, jazz has shown an uncanny openness to its endless possibilities finding a musical role for all sorts of non verbal ...

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Article: Radio & Podcasts

Bass Is the Place!

Read "Bass Is the Place!" reviewed by Jennifer DeMeritt


Where do rhythm and harmony intersect? Where do you feel the beat, not just with your ears but your whole body? Bass is the place where it all comes together. This week we celebrate some beloved jazz bass players, from riveting soloists to groundbreaking composers and consummate sidemen. Ben Allison “Mondo Jazz Theme ...

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Article: Album Review

Jessica Lurie: Long Haul

Read "Long Haul" reviewed by Paul Rauch


Jessica Lurie's new aptly titled release Long Haul (Chant, 2017) is a statement not of an arduous journey of endurance, but of her devotion to craft over three decades that has seen her carve out a musical identity of great diversity and depth. Her career personifies her experience as a strong woman instrumentalist, composer and vocalist ...

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Article: Live Review

Allison Miller's Boom Tic Boom at the Philadelphia Art Alliance

Read "Allison Miller's Boom Tic Boom at the Philadelphia Art Alliance" reviewed by Asher Wolf


Allison Miller's Boom Tic Boom Philadelphia Art Alliance Ars Nova Workshop Philadelphia, PA May 13, 2016 Allison Miller's Boom Tic Boom plays jazz, but the woman herself is hardly a jazz drummer. Though she can swing and improvise like nobody's business, Miller seems equally at home with the grooves of ...


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