SAMMY MILLER AND THE CONGREGATION ARE ON A MISSION TO PUT THE GENEROSITY BACK INTO JAZZ AND BRING ART BACK TO THE PEOPLE.
WE PLAY JOYFUL JAZZ—MUSIC THAT FEELS GOOD. IT IS A STYLE THAT ENTERTAINS, ENRICHES, BUT MOST OF ALL UPLIFTS.
"This is feel-good party jazz, harking back to the '20s and '30s. It's brassy,
stomp your feel and dance music, and it's got the raw uplifting
vibe of a New Orleans street parade" - The SF Weekly
"The Perfect-Player Scholar" - Wall Street Journal
"They reach the audience with everything they have, creating
a unique bond between the players and the crowd" - Clture
Our bandleader, Sammy, and trumpet player Alphonso were nominated for a Grammy for Best Instrumental
Jazz Album on the record "My Favorite Things" under the leadership of pianist, Joey Alexander.
Vanity Fair featured The Congregation in The Jazz Youth-Quake: Others on the Upswing.
We perform extensively all over the world. This is a snapshot of some of the venues and festivals we have played.
Umbria Jazz Festival • Monterey Jazz Festival • Festival International de Jazz de Montreal• Jazz at Lincoln Center • The Whitney Museum of American Art• The White House • The Kennedy Center • Toronto Jazz Festival• Vancouver International Jazz Festival • Jazz a Juan Antibes• Ottawa Jazz Festival • San Javier Jazz Festival • Megeve Jazz Festival • The Charlotte Jazz Festival • SF JAZZ • Igor Butman's Jazz Club, Russia • Prokofiev Concert Hall, Russia • The Royal Room, Seattle • Hyde Park Jazz Festival Blu Jazz, Akron
A native of Los Angeles, Grammy® nominated drummer Sammy Miller 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. As a band, they are focused on sharing the power of community through their music—joyful jazz.
Ars Nova selected The Congregation for the ‘Makers Lab’ in 2017 to produce their original theater jazz show, “Great Awakening.” While independently the band members have performed and recorded with notable artists including Wynton Marsalis, Iron and Wine, and Jason Mraz at venues including the White House, Lincoln Center and the Hollywood Bowl, they have opted to stick together to spread joy throughout the world.
SAMMY MILLER, DRUMS
SAM CRITTENDEN, TROMBONE
BEN FLOCKS, TENOR SAX
ALPHONSO HORNE, TRUMPET
DAVID LINARD, PIANO
JOHN SNOW, BASS
We are passionate about education and work with students of all ages. Please visit our dedicated education page to learn more about how we can help make an impact in your community.