In 1930, “the father of country music” Jimmie Rodgers collaborated with “the father of jazz music” Louis Armstrong. This hybrid drew on a variety of blues, folk, and jazz traditions, demonstrating the oneness of American musical language that, more than 75 years later, still remains intact at America’s pop culture core.
From Armstrong and Rodgers to Wynton Marsalis and Willie Nelson, all American music traditions are born from the blues. Sammy Miller and The Congregation set out to explore the various connections and styles that universally stem from these rich traditions.
Admission : $25
As a band, The Congregation is focused on sharing the power of community through their music— joyful jazz. While the band members have independently performed/recorded with notable artists including Wynton Marsalis, O.A.R, Iron and Wine, Joshua Redman, Lee Fields, Jason Moran at venues including the White House, Lincoln Center, and the Hollywood Bowl, The Congregation continues to work together and create globally conscious music with the intention to spread joy throughout the world. They have opted to stick together and create globally conscious music with the intention to spread joy throughout the world.
Sammy Miller, LA native, has become known for his unique maturity and relentless focus on making music that “feels good” as a drummer, singer, and bandleader. Upon completing his Master’s at The Juilliard School, Sammy formed his ensemble, The Congregation.