Sammy Miller and the Congregation endured bad winter weather, snowy roads and cancelled gigs on their way to Naptown but rolled back into the Jazz Kitchen just in time for their annual appearance at the club. Judging from the huge crowds they draw year after year, a second night may need to be added in the future.
With equal parts music, vaudeville act and a spontaneous comedy show, the band is here to entertain you and entertain they did throughout. This 6 piece band has been described as a mashup of Ben Folds and the Preservation Hall Jazz Band, I would certainly agree. The band, most of them Juilliard graduates with musical chops to spare, includes Sammy on drums and vocals, Ben Flocks on sax & vocals, Alphonso Horne on trumpet & vocals, "Tall" Sam Crittenden on trombone & vocals, John Allen on bass and Indy's own David Linard on piano...and vocals. With tunes like "Date a Jew", "My Love", "Jestern," which is short for Jazz Western and "Eagle Rock" about a California town that gets no love, it would be impossible to go away without a smile on your face! I don't recall having laughed so much at a "jazz" show in recent memory.
Don't sleep on this band when they return and be on the look out for their debut album "Leaving Egypt", which drops any day now.