The Front Row: Sammy Miller and the Congregation

Feb 23, 2018

On this episode of the Front Row, we’re talking in detail about the upcoming Presidential Lecture and Performance series with the director of the series, Jo Moore.

Tell us about the upcoming event for the series.

We have a fellow named Sammy Miller, who is a Grammy-Nominated, Juilliard schooled drummer and band-leader, who after he graduated with his Master’s degree from Juilliard actually formed this band called Sammy Miller and the Congregation.

As you know I have the wonderful opportunity to go to New York every year and hear some of these bands and groups and listen to speakers and so forth. So Sammy was performing at Dizzy’s, which is above the Lincoln Center and I just fell in love with his performance. They’re terrific. They’re very old-school jazz—so they’re not your typical mellow jazz—they’re more jazz that harkens back to the 1920s and 30s.

Oh it’s party jazz!

Absolutely. Feel good party jazz. It kind of has that New Orleans street parade vibe, which is just terrific. Lots of brass and of course his drums, keyboard player, and it’s just really tons of fun.