Da Camera JAM at Discovery Green: Sammy Miller and the Congregation

Da Camera’s annual series of free concerts celebrating Jazz Appreciation Month at Discovery Green concludes with the first Houston appearance by drummer Sammy Miller.

New York-based drummer Sammy Miller makes no bones about it: He wants to bring jazz to the people, and he’s found true believers in the young members of his six-piece Congregation. Evangelists of swing, they’ve earned an avid following by drawing on a century of American songs, inviting listeners in with familiar melodies and rollicking rhythms. Converting new audiences and captivating longtime jazz fans, Miller and the Congregation make 21st century music by embracing some 150 years of American music— something they call “joyful jazz.”

“No one in the audience is sitting because there’s no need for chairs at a Sammy Miller and The Congregation performance. This is not post-WWII cool jazz hiding behind a pair of Ray Ban Wayfarer sunglasses. This is feel-good party jazz, harking back to the ’20s and ’30s. It’s brassy, stomp your feet and dance music, and it’s got the raw, uplifting vibe of a New Orleans street parade.” — SF Weekly

Blankets, lawn chairs and picnics are welcome; food, beer and wine are available at the Lake House. No glass containers or outside alcoholic beverages, please.