Artist-in-Residence Program

Monterey Jazz Festival’s Artist-in-Residence works year-round with young musicians in performances and clinics at our Next Generation Jazz Festival, Summer Jazz Camp, and at the Monterey Jazz Festival.

Over the Festival's history, many artists have had an informal role in the production and artistic selection of musicians for the festival, including John Lewis, Dizzy Gillespie, and many others who acted as guest soloists with the Next Generation Jazz Orchestra during festival weekend. This role was revisited in 1994 when Tim Jackson rebooted the program to highlight specific artists during each festival.

In 2004, the Artist-in-Residence program was revamped to include visits to the springtime Next Generation Jazz Festival and Summer Jazz Camp outside the Festival weekend in September. Violinist Regina Carter was the first Artist-In-Residence to fulfill this expanded educational role. Starting in 2018, the Artist-in-Residence program added an annual concert at California State University, Monterey Bay, taking place prior to the Next Generation Jazz Festival.

With the modern and revamped program now in its 15th year, the Artists-in-Residence for 2019 and the 62nd annual Monterey Jazz Festival are drummer and composer Allison Miller and bassist, composer and producer Derrick Hodge. They will join jazz luminaries and past Artists-in-Residence Regina Carter, Branford Marsalis, Regina Carter, Kurt Elling, Terence Blanchard, Christian McBride, Dianne Reeves, Joshua Redman, Ambrose Akinmusire, Joe Lovano, Eric Harland, Wynton Marsalis and the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra, Terri Lyne Carrington, John Clayton, Jeff Hamilton, and Gerald Clayton, Tia Fuller, and Ingrid Jensen in this important and vital education position at Montetrey Jazz Festival.

This program is supported in part by an award from the National Endowment for the Arts.


About Allison Miller and Derrick Hodge 

New York City-based drummer/composer/teacher Allison Miller gathers inspiration from a wide array of genres. Coming from the jazz tradition, she engages her deep roots in improvisation as a vehicle to explore all music. Described by critics as a charismatic and rhythmically propulsive drummer with melodic sensibility, 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 and is proudly sponsored by Mid-Atlantic Arts Foundation.

Boom Tic Boom, featuring pianist Myra Melford, violinist Jenny Scheinman, clarinetist Ben Goldberg, cornet player Kirk Knuffke, bassist Todd Sickafoose, and Miller on drums and composition, is currently celebrating its fifth release, Glitter Wolf (2019, RPF).

Previous releases include 5am Stroll (2005), Boom Tic Boom (2010), Live at Willisau (2012), No Morphine No Lilies (2013) and Otis Was a Polar Bear (2016). "Under her hands, the trap kit dances and talks -- sometimes in a whisper but usually with a blend of shout and laughter," wrote Pop Matters.

Boom Tic Boom has been met with critical acclaim receiving 4.5 stars from DownBeat and making “Top 10 Jazz Albums” lists for DownBeat, the Los Angeles Times, Jazz Journalists Association, and Something Else. The band has been featured on WNYC’s New Sounds with John Schaefer, NPR’s Tiny Desk Concert series with Bob Boilen, JazzSet with Dee Dee Bridgewater, The Checkout: Live with Josh Jackson; and the Stanford Jazz, SFJAZZ, Willisau, Saalfelden, Iowa City Jazz, Reykjavik Jazz, Earshot Jazz, Mary Lou Williams, Edgefest, Mass Moca, Pioneer Valley, and Redwood Jazz Alliance jazz festivals.

While breaking from bandleading, Miller focuses on collaborations, co-directing Celebrate and Holler and Bam with Toshi Reagon, Honey Ear Trio with Jeff Lederer and Rene Hart, Speak with Rachna Nivas and Michelle Dorrance, And Still You Must Swing with Dormeshia Sumbry-Edwards, and Ink with Camille A. Brown. She is also a proud member of the Bessie award winning show, The Blues Project with Dorrance Dance and Toshi Reagon’s Big Lovely. As a side-musician, Miller has been the rhythmic force behind such mainstream artists as Ani DiFranco, Natalie Merchant, Brandi Carlile, Toshi Reagon, Joey Arias, the Meredith Vieira Show, Late Night with Seth Meyers, Pino Daniele, Erin McKeown, Jill Sobule, and Martha Redbone. Her jazz skills have been embraced by everyone from organ legend Dr. Lonnie Smith and vocalist Patrica Barber to avant-garde trailblazer Marty Ehrlich, Steven Bernstein, Ben Allison, Steve Cardenas, and Ben Goldberg. 

Miller is a three-time Jazz Ambassador of the US State Department and is on Yamaha’s Top 30 Clinicians list. She conducts clinics and master classes throughout the world and teaches at The New School for Jazz and Contemporary Music, Stanford Jazz Workshop, and Jazz Camp West. Her lessons and writings have been published in The Huffington Post, Modern Drummer, JazzTimes, DRUM, Tom Tom, and Drummer UK.

In 2008, Miller founded the Walter Salb Memorial Musical Scholarship Foundation in honor of her late teacher and mentor. The foundation annually provides a monetary award to a promising young musician directed toward furthering their studies in music. Miller endorses Yamaha drums, Zildjian cymbals, Vic Firth sticks, and Evans drumheads.

Two-time Grammy Award-winning bassist and Blue Note Recording Artist Derrick Hodge grew up right outside of Philadelphia in Willingboro, N.J. In his formative years, Hodge pursued multiple styles of music as early as seven years old—ranging from gospel music to jazz and orchestral music. He continued his formal music education at Temple University, where he studied jazz composition and performance. While attending Temple, Hodge uniquely became the first jazz major to participate in the Temple University Symphony Orchestra conducted by Luis Biava and New Music Chamber Orchestra.

During this influential time, Hodge began to show his colors as a “Renaissance” musician, with incredible diversity in musical tastes and abilities. Hodge played with such Philly jazz greats as tenor saxophonist Bootsie Barnes and trumpeter Terell Stafford, in addition to reaping considerable session work with some of Philly’s finest modern R&B artists such as Jill Scott, Musiq Soulchild, Floetry, and DJ Jazzy Jeff.

Throughout his early career, Hodge continued to show an adept proficiency and broad ability across numerous musical genres and platforms. Ranging from orchestrations with Common and Kanye West for Common’s #1 Billboard album Be, and production work on Common’s Finding Forever; to winning R&B Grammys in 2012 and 2014 with the Robert Glasper Experiment as a founding member of the group. Hodge has always been held with the highest respect of his peers which led to roles such as the Musical Director for Maxwell for nearly a decade, continued to work as a producer and writer for numerous albums—including co-producing Justin Kauflin’s album Coming Home with Quincy Jones and several Blue Note projects alongside Don Was—all while maintaining his solo projects and touring. Hodge has performed, written and/or recorded with artists such as Maxwell, Kanye West, Herbie Hancock, Q-Tip, Mos Def, Timbaland, Jill Scott, Musiq Soulchild, Gerald Levert, Common, Bilal, Lupe Fiasco, Andre 3000, Sade, Terence Blanchard, Ledisi, Terell Stafford, Donald Byrd, Stefon Harris, Bootsie Barnes, Kirk Franklin, Kenny Lattimore, Donnie McClurkin, and many others.

As a Blue Note Recording Artist, Hodge has released two solo projects under the label, The Second (2015) and Live Today (2013). Both albums are a rich, raw and revelatory artistic statement, having accessibility in mind to ensure that melodies soar and rhythms bump.

His writing and arranging accomplishments straddle both the recording and live arenas, from composing original music for the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture, to arranging for Nas and the National Symphony Orchestra, as well as composing the original work “Infinite Reflections” for the Chicago Brass Ensemble. He has also directed and scored other projects—from acting as co-Musical Director for the 2015 Triumph Awards and arranging strings for Mos Def’s 2008 premiere at Carnegie Hall—to writing for films such as Back to School Mom, the 180 Days documentary series for PBS, Land of Opportunity, Black Candle, The Army Recruiter and Uneasy Listening. Early film work includes When the Levees Broke: A Requiem in Four Acts for which he did additional writing and scoring; Who the #$&% Is Jackson Pollock?, and Faubourg Tremé: A Story of Black New Orleans

Monterey Jazz Festival Artists-in-Residence:

2019: Allison Miller and Derrick Hodge
2018: Tia Fuller and Ingrid Jensen
2017: John Clayton, Jeff Hamilton, and Gerald Clayton
2016: Terri Lyne Carrington
2015: Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra
2014: Eric Harland
2013: Joe Lovano
2012: Ambrose Akinmusire
2011: Joshua Redman
2010: Dianne Reeves
2009: Wynton Marsalis and Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra
2008: Christian McBride
2007: Terence Blanchard
2006: Kurt Elling
2005: Branford Marsalis
2004: Regina Carter, Jon Faddis & David “Fathead” Newman
2003: Clayton-Hamilton Jazz Orchestra and Gary Burton
2002: The Heath Brothers
2001: Wynton Marsalis and Jazz at Lincoln Center Jazz Orchestra
2000: Roy Hargrove and Nicholas Payton
1999: Clark Terry and Terence Blanchard
1998: Bobby Hutcherson, Ray Drummond and Peter Erskine
1997: Gerald Wilson
1996: Joshua Redman and Roy Hargrove
1995: Rebecca Parris and Maria Schneider
1994: Bob Mintzer and James Williams