A Special Collaboration Between the Monterey Jazz Festival and Cal State University, Monterey Bay
Thursday, April 4 at 8 p.m. at the World Theater
Monterey, Calif.; February 15, 2019; The 2019 Monterey Jazz Festival Artists-in-Residence, Allison Miller and Derrick Hodge will be performing an innovative, new program on Thursday, April 4 at 8 p.m. at the World Theater on the campus of California State University Monterey Bay (CSUMB).
This unique evening, which focuses on the creation of provocative musical collaborations, is made possible by the generous support of Robert Danziger and Martha Drexler Lynn. The partnership was established in 2018 between the Monterey Jazz Festival (MJF) and CSUMB, according to Colleen Bailey, MJF Executive Director. “This collaboration blurs the lines between musical genres while respecting the cultural and historical legacies of jazz. This performance is important because it reaches out beyond the traditional jazz listening audience to widen and diversify the jazz community throughout the world,” she said.
Tickets are free for students (with valid ID) and $25 for general admission. Students should make reservations by calling the World Theater Box Office at 831.582.4580. Patrons can purchase tickets here or by calling the World Theater Box Office at 831.582.4580.
About Allison Miller and Derrick Hodge
New York City-based drummer/composer/teacher Allison Miller has been named “Rising Star Drummer” and “Top 20 Jazz Drummers” in DownBeat Magazine’s acclaimed Critics Poll. Her band, Boom Tic Boom, is a 2014 recipient of Chamber Music America’s “Presenter Consortium for Jazz” grant, has been met with critical acclaim, and has been featured on NPR’s Tiny Desk Concert, WBGO’s The Checkout, and many jazz festivals around the world. Miller is a three-time Jazz Ambassador of the US State Department, conducting clinics and master classes throughout the globe at universities and camps. She has been the rhythmic force behind such artists as Ani DiFranco, Natalie Merchant, the Meredith Vieira Show and Late Night with Seth Meyers, in addition to Dr. Lonnie Smith, Patricia Barber, Marty Ehrlich, Steven Bernstein, Ben Allison, Steve Cardenas, and Ben Goldberg. Miller holds adjunct teaching positions at The New School, Kutztown University, and Jazz Camp West. Miller has performed at the Monterey Jazz Festival in 1998, 2004 and 2006.
Two-time Grammy Award-winning bassist and Blue Note recording artist Derrick Hodge attended Temple University and was the first jazz major to participate in their Symphony Orchestra and New Music Chamber Orchestra. His wide range of accomplishments in many genres include orchestrations and arrangements for Nas with the National Symphony Orchestra, Common, and Kanye West. Hodge has won two R&B Grammys with the Robert Glasper Experiment, and co-produced albums with Quincy Jones and Don Was. Hodge has toured, performed or recorded with Maxwell, Kanye West, Herbie Hancock, Q-Tip, Mos Def, Timbaland, Jill Scott, Musiq Soulchild, Gerald Levert, Common, Bilal, Andre 3000, Sade, Terence Blanchard, Ledisi, Terell Stafford, Donald Byrd, Stefon Harris, and many others. For Blue Note, Hodge has released The Second and Live Today, and has written original music for the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture and the Chicago Brass Ensemble. Some of his many film score credits include Back to School Mom, the 180 Days documentary series for PBS, Land of Opportunity, Black Candle, The Army Recruiter, and Uneasy Listening. Hodge has performed at the Monterey Jazz Festival multiple times over the years and represented MJF during the 50th Anniversary All-Stars’ national tour in 2008.
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