Picture taken by the Lincoln Center
The star-studded jazz sextet Boom Tic Boom will perform in concert Tuesday May 3rd at The Thomas Jefferson Memorial Church, sponsored by WTJU and The Charlottesville Jazz Society. The group is on tour to promote their latest release, Otis Was a Polar Bear, which includes all original material composed by the leader and drummer Allison Miller. Most of the songs were inspired by the birth last year of her daughter. This nationwide tour also brings the group to major concert facilities like The Kennedy Center in DC, and Lincoln Center in New York City.
Praised by the All Music Guide as “one of the finest drummers on the scene, but also one of the most innovative compositional voices,” Miller is also a three time Jazz Ambassador of the US State Department and is on Yamaha’s Top 30 Clinicians List.
Joining Allison on the tour are a dream team of top flight musicians who are all band members in their own right.
Violinist Jenny Scheinman is perhaps the best known member, due to her many recordings both as a leader and with guitarist Bill Frisell. She has also toured and recorded with songwriting legends such as Lucinda Williams, Bruce Cockburn, Rodney Crowell, and Lou Reed. Clarinetist Ben Goldberg has dozens of recordings as a leader and sideman, and appeared in Charlottesville recently with his group Invisible Guy. Winner of Downbeat Magazine’s “Rising Star”critics poll for 2015, Kirk Knuffke plays cornet in the band, and already has over 15 cd’s out as leader or co-leader. Renowned pianist Gary Versace and bassist Amy Shook round out the group.
Tickets for the concert at 7 pm on Tuesday May 3rd at The Thomas Jefferson Memorial Church on Rugby Road are available online at boomtic.eventbrite.com. For more information call Gary at (434) 249-6191 or visit cvillejazz.org.