Hailing from Brooklyn, New York, and Dallas, the unassuming Texas town that producedRoy Orbison, The Eagles, Brave Combo, and Blood,Sweat, & Tears, Snarky Puppy is spreading itsinfectious blend of jazz, soul, and world music to anaudience hungry for something creative and inspiring.
Made up mostly of former music students from thehighly esteemed University of North Texas(affectionately referred to as ‘the Juilliard of theSouth’), the band effortlessly blends a strong senseof musicality and virtuosity with raw, organic musicalinstincts. The 9-piece group is doing something veryrelevant, and something very honest- they’re makingmusic as a generation immersed in diversity. Bjork,Dave Holland, D’Angelo, Wayne Krantz, Pat Metheny,Lettuce, and Radiohead resonate within thecompositions to form the unified, unique, soulfulsound that is unmistakably Snarky Puppy.
The group was formed in 2004 by award-winning bassistand composer Michael League, and immediately gainedthe support of a large, diverse audience. The grouphas released two albums and one live, full-length DVDon SiTMoM Records to heavy critical acclaim. In summerof 2007, Snarky Puppy added legendary keyboardistsBernard Wright and Robert ‘Sput’ Searight (of ErykahBadu and Snoop Dogg) to the lineup as the sound of theensemble has continued to grow and mature.
Outside of Snarky Puppy, the band members haveperformed with some of the biggest names in jazz andpopular music, including Miles Davis, Dave Brubeck,Sting, Snoop Dogg, Erykah Badu, Eddie Gomez, MariaSchneider, Roberta Flack, Dave Douglas, Phil Woods,Marcus Miller, Maynard Ferguson, Bill Holman,Morcheeba, Headhunters, Chaka Khan, Jimmy Cobb, MarcJohnson, Slide Hampton, Jimmy Heath, Benny Golson,’Snooky’ Young, Lenny White, and countless more.
Snarky Puppy is maintaining a heavy tour schedulewhile preparing the release their third album.
They have shared the stage with Victor Wooten, HerbieHancock’s Headhunters, Rudder, Zach Brock, Ari Hoenig& Punk Bop, the Chris Tarry Group, Mingo Fishtrap, andmany more.