Renowned jazz drummer, composer, teacher and bandleader Allison Miller is back with a new album, the first since 2013’s acclaimed No Morphine, No Lilies. Alongside a top notch band in Boom Tic Boom, Otis Was a Polar Bear catches Miller at a watershed moment in her life, not just as a growing musician, but now as a parent. Drawing great inspiration from her daughter Josie, Miller explains the departure from her last album to this most recent studio effort. “The last record was about such intense hardship and pain. This record is the other side of all that—it’s the beauty that comes after a storm.”The album opens with the bright, sultry Latin flair of Ben Goldberg’s charming clarinet play on “Fuster.” Inspired by Cuban artist José Rodríguez Fuster, the composition has its origins rooted in everyday life, this particular track, an unshakable melody Miller had sung to Josie in the first weeks of her life. Likewise, “Hoarding the Pod” comes from an over-caffeinated state during a recording session with Natalie Merchant. Its frantic, supercharged intro takes a backseat to a mellow groove supplied by Miller, finally giving way to the controlled chaos of Jenny Scheinman’s violin boiling over, Kirk Knuffke’s cornet beaming and Myra Melford making it rain piano keys.With a beautiful and thoughtful pairing of “The Listener” and “Lullaby For Cookie,” Miller delicately bridges the gap between life and death, the former written for a music-obsessed friend who died suddenly, while the latter was written for Miller’s daughter Josie before her birth. Miller’s relatively minimalist approach on these arrangements packs a significant punch.The album’s title track, “Otis Was a Polar Bear” evokes great imagery, not unlike the Melford-lead “Pig In A Sidecar” or “Shimmer.” Scheinman’s playful strokes and plucks on “Otis” are accented by Knuffke’s and Goldberg’s summit of brass and woodwinds while Miller and upright bassist Todd Sickafoose fill out a highly active and invigorated rhythm section.“Slow Jam” certainly lives up to its name. Miller’s simple, elegant groove is guided through the slow burner by a steady bass line and fantastic interplay with Melford and Knuffke. Miller’s final selection,”Staten Island,” was written after the tragic killing of Eric Garner by Staten Island police. “I sat down at the piano feeling hopeless and filled with rage. This is what came out,” Miller says. As in the case of Garner, there are a lot of moving parts to this track. Scattered flurries from Goldberg’s clarinet are mirrored by Milford’s frenzied piano before Miller is finally set off like a stick of dynamite into a righteous rock groove. When the groove begins its descent it’s left with only the sombre notes of Knuffke’s waning cornet.From traditional rock and jazz themes to the avant-garde variety, Allison Miller’s Otis Was a Polar Bear will present something of significance for the ear of any listener, whether the casual jazz fan or the most hardcore fan of fusion. Her chops are undeniable as is her ability to compose and elevate the separate links of her band in a way that reflects a focused and unrestrained sound.Otis Was a Polar Bear is set for release April 8 on Royal Potato Family. You can watch a behind the scenes video on the making of the album below, and don’t forget to check out Miller’s upcoming tour dates, as she and Boom Tic Boom will be out on the road this coming spring.Allison Miller’s Boom Tic Boom Spring 2016 Tour4/8 Seattle, WA @ Royal Room 4/9 Portland, OR @ Alberta St. Pub4/10 Arcata, CA @ Kate Buchanan Room HSU 4/14 Santa Cruz, CA @ Kuumbwa4/15 Los Angeles, CA @ The Blue Whale4/16 Berekely, CA @ Freight and Salvage4/17 Half Moon Bay, CA @ Bach Dancing and Dynamite Society4/27 Bloomsburg, PA @ Bloomsburg University4/28 Erie, PA @ Mercyhurst Institute for Arts and Culture: Walker Recital Hall4/29 Lewisburg, WV @ Carnegie Hall4/30 Roanoke, VA @ Jazz Club at Jefferson Center5/1 Baltimore, MD @ Creative Alliance5/3 Charlottesville, VA @ Thomas Jefferson Memorial Church5/5 New York, NY @ Dizzy’s Club Coca-Cola5/6 New Haven, CT @ Firehouse 125/7 North Adams, MA @ MASS MoCA5/8 Goshen, MA @ Pioneer Valley Jazz Shares: Institute for the Musical Arts5/13 Philadelphia, PA @ Ars Nova Workshop: Philadelphia Art Alliance5/14 Washington, DC @ Kennedy Center: 21st Annual Mary Lou Williams Jazz Festival7/1 Iowa City, IA @ Iowa City Jazz Festival
The Mimi Fishman Foundation is a charitable organization started by and named for Phish drummer Jon Fishman‘s late mother, Mimi Fishman. The non-profit raises money for causes close to Fishman’s heart, including charities that seek to improve the lives of children and their families. The organization raises money by auctioning off concert paraphernalia from some of our favorite music makers, such as Phish, String Cheese Incident, Umphrey’s McGee, moe., and Yonder Mountain String Band.The Mimi Fishman Foundation has just kicked off their second online auction of 2017, which features exclusively Jon Fishman’s used and signed drumsticks various Phish shows throughout 2016 and early 2017. Some of the pairs of drumsticks come from particularly notable shows, including their 2016 New Years Eve performance, Halloween, and their performance with Bob Weir on October 18th in Nashville, as well as runs that are near and dear to fans like their annual Colorado summer tour closing run at Dick’s Sporting Good Park and January’s destination getaway in Mexico.If you’re feeling philanthropic in the next month, you can check out the auction for yourself here and bid on some of Fishman’s drumsticks, which are currently ranging in price from $110 to $570, with drumsticks from the Bob Weir show in Tennessee holding the highest bidding price after seventeen bids.
The resident willy wagtail nests up in the rafters near the man-shed.Mr Lewis initially built the house for his daughter, but the couple moved in after she needed to be closer to the city. The master ensuite has a double vanity and spa.The master suite has its own private balcony, and the ensuite has a double vanity and a spa. Downstairs is a spacious open plan kitchen, living and dining area, and toward the front of the house are two more living spaces. The living area is open plan.Ms Needham also said their neighbours were “absolutely fabulous”.“If we go away, one will come and look after the mail, while the other will water the pot plants.”The home is set on a 3019sq m flat block and has side access.Mr Lewis and Ms Needham are downsizing due to spending more time travelling around Australia in their caravan. This home at 12-14 Gregor Rd, Upper Caboolture, is up for sale.Life at this Upper Caboolture home is so good even the birds have moved in.Colin Lewis and Robyn Needham have lived at 12-14 Gregor Rd since 2010 and love living among the local wildlife.“The bird wildlife is to die for,” Ms Needham said.“We’ve got a willy wagtail who has been nesting up in our rafters near the man-shed for years now and if we’ve been away on holidays for a while, she’ll come down and talk to us when we get home.“She’s just delightful.” More from newsLand grab sees 12 Sandstone Lakes homesites sell in a week21 Jun 2020Tropical haven walking distance from the surf9 Oct 2019Four of the five bedrooms are kingsize or larger.The two-level home has sizeable rooms, with four of the five bedrooms kingsize, or larger in the case of the master. The home is contemporary by design.Outside is a patio and a three-bay shed turned “man-shed”.The home has a green zoned animal conservation area behind it, meaning it is abundant with wildlife. “My favourite area is our back patio where we have three meals a day and we sit out there are watch all the bird life,” she said. “We can enjoy a bottle of wine and watch the black cockatoos come in.”
Super Eagles Captain John Obi Mikel has announced his retirement from the senior national team after 13 years of service.The 32-year old midfielder who was part of Gernot Rohr’s squad that won the bronze medals of the AFCON 2019 in Egypt for a record eighth time announced on Instagram that he was glad ending his career in Egypt where it all began with the senior nation team in 2006.“Egypt is a country where I have started and have finished my national career. In 2006, I played my first official Championship for my country. 2019 Africa Cup of Nations marks my last Championship for National Team with Super Eagles, Mikel posted on Instagram Thursday afternoon. John Mikel Obi, The former Plateau United player started his national team career in 2003 when he was part of Austin Eguavoen’s Golden Eaglets to the Under-17 FIFA World Cup in Finland. Two years later, Mikel was in Samson Siasia’s Flying Eagles to the Under-20 FIFA World Youth Championship in The Netherlands. He emerged second best player of the tournament next to Lionel Messi of Argentina. Nigeria lost in the final of the tournament to claim the silver.It therefore was no surprise that Mikel was drafted to join the big boys of Nigerian football at the 2006 AFCON in Egypt.“My national team career started in 2003 Under 17 World Cup and I am grateful for the national team for placing me on the world arena and giving me an opportunity to show my skill and have an incredible national and international career.“At the age of 32 it’s time for me to retire from national team and let the youth take over, who ‘ve an amazing job securing a bronze medal at AFCON 2019,” he concluded.During his nearly 14 years stint with the senior national team, Mikel scored six goals in 89 games. He played in two FIFA World Cups in Brazil and Russia. He won an AFCON title in 2013 under late Stephen Kesha’s watch and added another bronze with the victory over Tunisia on Wednesday in Cairo. Mikel also led Nigeria’s Dream Team five to win the country’s only bronze medal at the 2016 men’s football tournament of Rio 2016 Olympiad in Brazil.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram