If you’re at the Emelin tonight, there’s an extra treat in store.
The Emelin is proud to welcome the talented Mamaroneck High School Jazz Band when it joins Sammy Miller and The Congregation on stage, the electrifying band that’s tearing up the jazz scene in New York City and all over the world. Sammy Miller and the band will stop at the school to teach a Master Class in the afternoon, and perform a portion of their set with the jazz band later that evening at the Emelin.
Education is very important to Sammy Miller. The Los Angeles native who earned his master’s degree at the Juilliard School of Music in New York, builds school performances and programs into the band’s touring schedule. Focused on sharing the power of community through joyful jazz, both on stage and in the classroom, Miller & the Congregation have given masterclasses and multi-week residency programs in schools across the country teaching students everything from the history of jazz to how to play the trombone. As they’ve done in countless schools throughout the country, Sammy Miller and the Congregation will hold a master class for the next generation of jazz enthusiasts at Mamaroneck High School.
The GRAMMY nominated drummer and his band are known for their feel-good, stomp your feet jazz reminiscent of the 20’s and 30’s. The band is focused on sharing the power of community through their music — joyful jazz – to entertain, enrich and most of all uplift. “You used to see this happiness in early jazz and, somehow, we got away from it,” says the 26-year-old Los Angeles native. “You hear joyfulness in all the old records, [and] we like being a part of that lineage.”
In 2015, Lincoln Center named The Congregation an “Emerging Artist of the Year,” and Vanity Fair included them in “Jazz Youth-Quake,” a list of up-and-coming jazz artists. In 2017 Ars Nova selected them for their prestigious ‘Makers Lab’. 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. The band holds a monthly, late-night residency at Lincoln Center.
This engagement of Sammy Miller And The Congregation is made possible through the Jazz Touring Network program of Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation, with support from the National Endowment for the Arts.
This event is sponsored in part by A.J. Benet Insurance, Inc.