Black and white photo of Sammy Miller and the Congregation

Sammy Miller and The Congregation

“When the band stretches out, it becomes clear they could gig with any of the “serious” jazz masters. But Miller would counter that his band’s fusion of virtuosity and schtick is no laughing matter.” — Drum Magazine

Sammy Miller and The Congregation are on a mission. Crisscrossing the country like a vaudevillian revival show, this six-piece band of superstar, conservatory-trained musicians retain their childlike wonder for bringing people together with a bracing dose of joyful jazz performed with infectious theatricality.

Freely mixing vocal and instrumental tracks, often sharing the lead melody between the two, this New York City-based, familial collective carries the audience along on an exuberant romp, playing songs of unflinching optimism with frenetic energy and a dash of comedy.

Miller says, “Music is an uplifting gift, and I want to be generous in sharing it.”

After a decade of touring and spreading joyful jazz, Miller and his congregations’ attention is now focused on jazz education— making music fluency accessible to students of all backgrounds with their groundbreaking music education platform, Playbook.

Funds provided by the Henry Mancini Tribute Fund.


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