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All Rise for Sammy Miller & The Congregation

Published: October 3, 2019

If someone asked you, what is Jazz Music? What would you say? Many have hailed jazz as "one of America's original art forms. Some would say this musical genre is a product of collaboration that creates a universal language of freedom and musical expression. That’s exactly what Sammy Miller & The Congregation plan to bring to the Murray Theatre at Ruth Eckerd Hall this November. Sammy Miller wants to share with the audience his musical expression – by creating joyful jazz that creates and uplifts the people. The congregation provides feel good music all the way from New York City, but still carries that 18-karat New Orleans sound, where Jazz originated. We had the opportunity to speak with Sammy and asked him a couple of questions.

Sammy Miller Group Photo

How did the congregation form?

I was living in New York, attending Juilliard and didn’t fit in with the suit and tie, concert hall culture. I saw it pushing my generation away from jazz. Rather than just complain about it, I opted to solve the problem. I collected my favorite musicians in New York, AND THE CONGREGATION was born. We started playing all over the city – Lincoln Center to transit centers, Town Hall to beer halls, we wanted to bring people together.

Who are your musical influences?

Oh, wow. That is such a long list. Artists that bring me personal joy and inspiration include – Miles Davis, Duke Ellington, Louis Armstrong, The Beatles, The Beach Boys, Ray Charles, Tupac Shakur, The Ramones.

Sammy Miller Group Photo2

What is your favorite song to perform during your shows?

Whatever song we are playing at that time. As long as the congregation has my back, I know I’m in good hands.

So whether you’re an avid fan of Jazz music, or looking for a joyful musical experience, make sure you purchase tickets to their November performance inside the intimate Murray Theatre at Ruth Eckerd Hall.

Tickets start at $22.50.