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Sammy Miller pays tribute to Shelly Manne this week at Dizzy’s Club Coca-Cola

June 3, 2013

Sammy1Sammy Miller has become known for his unique maturity and relentless focus on making music that “feels good”. The 21-year old drummer will bring his band’s fresh and swinging sound to Jazz at Lincoln Center’s Dizzy Club Coca-Cola this week for five nights (June 4-8; 11:30pm set time). The group will honor the music of drum-legend Shelly Manne, whose 93rd birthday would have been this year. Says Miller of Manne, “Shelly towers among Jazz’s giants for his remarkable versatility behind the drumset, and unique integrity and character – both on and off the bandstand. I am so honored to pay tribute to that legacy during my week at Dizzy’s.”
A Los Angeles native, Miller was presented with the LA Jazz Society’s Shelly Manne New Talent Award in 2009 by Florence “Flip” Manne, Shelly’s widow, who also serves as the Society’s President. On hearing of this special week of music honoring her husband, Flip Manne said, “I know Shelly would feel deeply honored to have this super talented, young musician doing a tribute like this, playing new and innovative versions of his music. Sammy is an outstanding example of the new generation of jazz.”
Miller’s group includes trumpeter Alphonso Horne, saxophonist Ben Flocks, guitarist Adam Moezinia, and bassist Paul Sikivie, (Josh Crumbly on June 8th).
I’m sure Mr. Manne would be honored…

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