Sammy Miller and the Congregation play in Fallon on March 9

Sammy Miller and the Congregation make their first visit to Fallon on March 9.

Sammy Miller and the Congregation make their first visit to Fallon on March 9.

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Sammy Miller and the Congregation are on a mission to put the generosity back into jazz and bring art back to the people.

The band will play March 9 at the Oats Park Arts Center’s Barkley Theatre. The box office, Art Bar and galleries open at 7 p.m., with the performance beginning at 8 p.m. A post-performance question and answer with the artists is also planned.

Tickets are $17 for members, $20 for nonmembers. Tickets are available at Jeff’s Copy Express, ITT at Naval Air Station Fallon or call the Churchill Arts Center at 775-423-1440

Sammy Miller and the Congregation play joyful jazz — music that feels good; it is a style that entertains, enriches, but most of all uplifts.

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.

According to a 2015 music article in SF Weekly, New York City’s Lincoln Center named them an “Emerging Artist of the Year” for 2015, and Vanity Fair included them in “Jazz Youth-Quake,” a list of up-and-coming jazz artists. They also have a monthly, late-night residency at Lincoln Center where they try out new material — the most recent experiment was a barbershop quartet song played through a jazz filter.


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