I wrote a fan letter to her Pm just based on yesterday Colbert thing, which I saw just now tomorrow ie 1:39 am trying to chill after the show (and Tacolicius– I over-ate). Allison with Ben and Kirk really swang out 5/4-like the El Palo Alto Room Mitchell Park and introduced/ mentored from the stage a young bass player Michael Gilbert from Sacramento Rio American High. Filling for Todd Sickafoos or Tony Scherr (I was close to recommending either Lisa Mezzacappa who TMW and I peeped on the down-low the other night in Oak-Town Oak Room. Or Zach Ostroff who I think is a Stanford student I met at. Taylor Eigsti show, at Filioli.
Alli and them played for exactly 87 minutes and 44.99 seconds highlighted by “Bemsha Swing” by Monk; also “Scrimmin’” by Kirk Knuffke, “High T” which is about Toshi Reagon AND Chapel Hill — from Otis Is or Was a Polar Bear (not Science Fair), plus some “Shelly Mann” tribute material from a pipeline set. It all mixed together the whole kerfuffle, in the good sense.
Melanie Berzon Of KCSM took my request feeling me “High T” time or thereabouts and plugged the show in the backannounce. (And then the next day I caught Chris Cortez whose in-laws were my and Terry’s neighbors and give him “the tea” — am I overusing that little bit of leather?)
The rap of Noname in the Back ground as I thump or thumb peck here is a bit explicit esp since she is so young. I powered it onto into this handheld fruit of knowledge thingy.
Yeah so not as to explain this too explainly but this is a review of both Noname and Allison Miller. One is a concert I produced while the other is something passing on my tv as I undwind from the show.
Allison and I did a selfie just outside and before the hit, and we did the same shot the day we met October 20, 2000 with a Kodak disposable film camera I hope I didn’t lose the print, in the move.
Allison Miller Boom Tic Boom also has a Tiny Desk Concert — not with 2 million views— and Christian McBride national radio I caught a bit of last month. The full BTB plays next week in Santa Cruz Kuumbwa and are off to Seattle early today. Also Montana, Hannah.
The San Jose Metro meanwhile has a cover story this week about photographer Jay Blakesberg who is hosting a big shindig at Mountain Winery in Saratoga only about 15 miles from Allison’s show in Santa Cruz.
Allison say she likely back in Bay Area in the spring. Maybe Palo / Earthwise will take another swing. Five four or four five Whereas Noname is at Paramount March 15. Beware. Ide. Out. (“Beware the Ides of March”>>>Alright? Aight? Ide?>>>”Out”
Is there a mic drop emoji?
And: I think I did flash back to that thing about Fuller University in Pasadena versus or with ornith Fowler Museum at UCLA: one you can think of “brushes” and the other “birds”.
Allison with her full band will likely play from the upcoming BTB set, or Otis but there is also a duo record that got noticed in the Times just she and pianist (Not Myra Melford) or maybe co-led.
I thought the show at Mitchell was great, a little gem of a music box, although there was only a small group of audiencers, in fact each person there was known to me personally. I was joking that next time we will all bring our instruments and turn it into a jam session, maybe call it the Michael Gilberg MG18 Band, which is a play on a project Allison is involved with, on tv, called the 8G Band, based on the studio name. Esther Berndt my friend since high school (“High G”?) and her friend Ed Williams came and they know Allison from Jazz Camp West, of which AM is am the artistic director and was on the posters this summer, I noted and likely recorded.
This was my first jazz concert I had produced since 2008 Steven Bernstein Diaspora Suite at Bottom of the Hill in SF (which featured Ben Goldberg) although I did do a little stunt thing with Taylor Ho Bynum stopping off at Lytton Plaza in Palo Alto joined by Ben on his way to LA, plus maybe Beth Custer and Glen Hartmann if that is jazz doing something called Drone and Bone in 2009, plus a couple folk concerts at Cafe Zoe. I would say this was number 200 as Earthwise Productions since 1993, and maybe the 40th in jazz.
I hear that i was not the first jazz event in that room (which opened in 2014) in that Akira Tana did a benefit there just a week before and the Palo Alto Jazz Alliance also did a Charles MacPherson show there, according to Esther.