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Sammy Miller and the Congregation: Bringing the Joy to Jazz

January 21, 2013

ba561293c777347_1246449213A native of Los Angeles, 21 year-old Sammy Miller has become known for his unique maturity and relentless focus on making music that “feels good”, whether he’s holding down the drumset with Jazz legends like Johnny O’Neal or leading his own group, Sammy Miller & The Congregation.

This month, Miller will bring the Congregation’s fresh and swinging sound to Jazz at Lincoln Center’s Dizzy’s Club Coca-Cola for five nights (January 22-26; 11:30pm set time). The group includes some of New York’s most sought after young jazz talent, including bassist Josh Crumbly (Terence Blanchard, Taylor Eigsti) and pianist Kris Bowers (Marcus Miller, Kanye West).

Although nobody in the sextet is older than 22, the group channels the spirit of jazz from an earlier age. Says Miller, “Jazz is about the spirit of bringing people together. It is a joyful music. That is what we are trying to do.”

Sammy Miller received his BA from the New School and is currently a Masters Student at The Juilliard School. These days, you can find him every Saturday at Smoke Jazz holding the drum seat with the great Johnny O’Neal (Art Blakey, Dizzy Gillespie, Ray Brown). At the ripe old age of 21, Sammy has already performed/recorded with the likes of Wynton Marsalis, Christian Scott, Bobby Watson, David Benoit, and Ozomotli, and has received a list of accolades that includes the Los Angeles Jazz Society’s Shelly Manne Award, the Dolo Coker Scholarship, and the 2009 Los Angeles Music Center’s Spotlight Award.

We hope to see you at Dizzy’s!

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