Sammy Miller and the Congregation: Leaving Egypt Tour play Cafe 939
June 19 @ 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm EDT
Tune in to birnCORE on Friday, June 19 at 8:00 p.m. for a live broadcast from the Red Room @ Cafe 939 featuring the seven-piece jazz band Sammy Miller and the Congregation.
The New York City-based band and familial collective Sammy Miller and the Congregation offers their audience a bracing dose of joyful jazz performed with infectious theatricality. Its debut album, Leaving Egypt, captures its frenetic energy and unflinchingly optimistic songwriting.
Sammy Miller and The Congregation has been described as a mashup of the sensibilities of Ben Folds and the Preservation Hall Jazz Band. The band freely mixes vocal and instrumental tracks live and on record, asking the audience to go along for the ride with the lead melody being carried by vocalists half the time, and instruments the other half.
The seven members of the band are conservatory-trained musicians that have independently performed and recorded with notable artists including Wynton Marsalis, Lady Gaga, Jason Mraz, and Beyoncé. Since the band’s inception, the Congregation has performed in various important venues around the world such as the Umbria Jazz Festival, Monterrey Jazz Festival, Jazz At Lincoln Center, The White House, The Kennedy Center, Prokofiev Concert Hall in Russia, and at the Newport Jazz Festival where the group received a standing ovation. It has also garnered prime critical acclaim from such venerated outlets as Los Angeles Times, Wall Street Journal, SF Weekly, Vanity Fair and Jazz Journal, among other publications.
The show starts at 8:00 p.m. EDT and you can stream it here.