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.
"Sammy Miller and The Congregation is a triple-threat. They are superb musicians, play engaging and inventive music, and are thoroughly entertaining. The 2018 Saratoga Jazz Festival audience was totally knocked out by their set." -Danny Melnick, President Absolutely Live Ent.
“There’s no need to try to figure out which branch of the jazz family tree you need to follow to find L.A.’s Sammy Miller and Congregation - they’re on the trunk. Led by Miller from behind the drum kit, it’s roots-driven jazz the way it was always intended and from which virtually all of its niche styles are derived: jovially swinging, energetically stomping, richly complex and with just the right interjections of free-wheeling instrumental freakouts.” -The Sacramento Bee
"...impressive musical skill...pure entertainment." -Telluride Daily Planet
"Trying to describe a set by Sammy Miller And The Congregation would be like telling someone watching Casablanca for the first time, “She winds up with Claude Rains.” -DRUM! Magazine
"This is feel-good party jazz, harking back to the '20s and '30s. It's brassy,
stomp your feet and dance music, and it's got the raw, uplifting
vibe of a New Orleans street parade" - The SF Weekly
"Joyful jazz with lots of laughs and theatricality" - Los Angeles Times
"Sammy Miller is 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
Sammy (bandleader, drums) and Alphonso (trumpet) were nominated for a Grammy for Best Instrumental
Jazz Album on the record "My Favorite Things" under the leadership of pianist, Joey Alexander.
The Congregation featured in Vanity Fair - 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 Jazz Club, Russia • Prokofiev Concert Hall, Russia • Savannah Music Festival • Hyde Park Jazz Festival • Blu Jazz, Akron • TELLURIDE JAZZ FESTIVAL • The Triple Door, Seattle
Sammy Miller and The Congregation are on a mission to put the generosity back into jazz and bring art back to the people.
A native of Los Angeles, Grammy® nominated drummer Sammy Miller has become known for his 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 share the power of community through their music—joyful jazz.
Award-winning theatre incubator Ars Nova selected The Congregation for the ‘Makers Lab’ in 2017 to develop their genre-bending show, “Great Awakening.” While independently the band members have performed and recorded with notable artists including Wynton Marsalis, Lady Gaga, and Queen Latifah 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
ALPHONSO HORNE, TRUMPET
BEN FLOCKS, TENOR SAX
SAM CRITTENDEN, TROMBONE
DAVID LINARD, PIANO
We are passionate about education and work with students of all ages. Please visit our dedicated education page to learn about how we can help make an impact in your community.
Dolphus Ramseur, Ramseur Records
Michael Morris, Paradigm Agency