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Sammy Miller and The Congregation

Sammy Miller & The Congregation

Sammy Miller
& The Congregation

Sunday, September 17, 7:30pm · 9:00pm
at SFJAZZ Center, Joe Henderson Lab

Sammy Miller and The Congregation
Joyful Jazz Series: New Projects, New Sounds  

Sammy Miller & The Congregation

Drummer Sammy Miller makes no bones about it. He wants to bring jazz to the people and he’s found true believers in the young members of his six-piece Congregation. Evangelists of swing, they’ve earned an avid New York City following by drawing on a century of American songs, inviting listeners in with familiar melodies and rollicking rhythms. The band has been so busy that they’ve hardly had time to record in the last two years, instead releasing a nine-track on-line “mix tape” that includes enthralling renditions of from folk tunes (“Lil’ Liza Jane”), spirituals (“Just A Closer Walk with Thee”), Jelly Roll Morton (“Black Bottom Stomp”) and Scott Joplin (“Maple Leaf Rag”). Miller started assembling the Congregation after earning a Master’s degree from Juilliard. The group honed an ecstatic approach to music making playing late night sessions at Jazz at Lincoln Center’s Dizzy’s Club Coca-Cola and Sundays at The Woods, a Brooklyn nightspot where they’re the only jazz act on the schedule. Converting new audiences and captivating longtime jazz fans, Miller and the Congregation make 21st century music by embracing some 150 years of American music – something they call “joyful jazz”.

Artist Personnel

Sammy Miller drums
Ben Flocks tenor saxophone
Alphonso Horne trumpet
Sam Crittenden trombone
David Linard piano
John Snow bass

"Miller and his young six-piece Congregation have earned an avid New York City following by drawing on a century of American songs, inviting listeners in with familiar melodies and rollicking rhythms " — San Jose Mercury News