I am incredibly fortunate to have worked on an episode for the NPR/WBGO collaboration, Jazz Night in America, a radio program hosted by Christian McBride. Working with Allison over the 7 month production was such a pleasure not only because she’s an incredible musician but also for her perfect sense of humor. Major bonus? She’s a prince fan. (I know it’s true because her favorite P album is Around the World in a Day and nobody cites that album first, unless you’re truly out here living this purple life.)
The radio episode and the accompanying NPR video profile talks about her distinctive style of melodic drumming, her experiences as a woman in the contemporary jazz world, massive collaborations with major artists like Natalie Merchant and others, as well as selects from her live performance at Dizzy’s Club Coca-Cola (at Jazz at Lincoln Center), featuring her band Boom Tic Boom and the album, Otis Was a Polar Bear.
You can listen to the full program streaming online, here.
(Producer, writer, and field recording/interviews)