[Born from the BluesSammy Miller & The Congregation] Photo by Chris Randall
Photo by Chris Randall

Born from the Blues
Sammy Miller & The Congregation

In 1930, "the father of country music" Jimmie Rodgers collaborated with “the father of jazz music” Louis Armstrong. This hybrid drew on blues, folk, and jazz traditions, demonstrating the oneness of American musical language that remains intact at America’s pop culture core. From Armstrong and Rodgers to Wynton Marsalis and Willie Nelson, all American music traditions are born from the blues. Sammy Miller and The Congregation explore the connections between these rich styles while creating joyful jazz. 

Copresented by Catskill Jazz Factory, a program of 23Arts Initiative.