The Kennedy Center

Samuel Prather


Samuel Prather is an exciting and multifaceted pianist, drummer, and vocalist born and raised in Washington DC. He has developed a reputation performing with all types of acts because he's equally comfortable in Jazz, Funk, Gospel, Brazilian, Latin, Neo-Soul, and R&B. On the funk/soul side Sam has worked with YaMama’Nym, 76 Degrees West, Fred Yonnet, and Brandon Combs while on the jazz side he has shared the stage with Hugh Masekela, Pharoh Saunders, Greg Osby, and Afro Blue to name a few. On the way to his 2012 downbeat award, Sam studied with Lafayette Gilcrest , Allyn Johnson, and recently finished the Graduate program at Howard University where he studied with Charles Covington and Harold Summey. He currently works promoting the music from his new CD "Groove Orchestra".

Watch Past Performances

Video 3/28/2015: Samuel Prather and Groove Orchestra

The D.C.-based collective of musicians and vocalists breaks down barriers of jazz, funk, Latin, Brazilian, Afrobeat, R&B, soul, hip-hop, and modern gospel in a way that respects their traditions without being confined by them.