Snarky Puppy is an instrumental fusion band from Denton, Texas, who specialize in combining jazz, funk, hip-hop, funk, and rock elements together to create an eclectic and electrifying sound.
The band began in 2004, when bassist and producer Michael League started college at the University of North Texas. By combining some of the members of his fellow jazz band mates with some of the younger and more modern members of the local music scene, League created Snarky Puppy.
The band made their breakthrough on the live music scene when they released their debut album The World is Going Up in 2007. The record contained a mix of original material and covers of classic jazz pieces, and it immediately caught the attention of the jazz world.
Snarky Puppy's next two albums Bring Us the Bright and Tell Your Friends further solidified their reputation for intricate and adventurous playing, demonstrating their ability to take diverse genres and styles and create something entirely new and individual.
The core of the band has remained the same since it's inception. Michael League, the bandleader and bass player, is joined by other key members Chris Bullock (saxophone, flute and keys), Bob Kinkel (keyboards), Bill Laurance (keys) and Shaun Martin (keyboard, trombone and production).
Over the years, the band has seen a number of additional members come and go, with members of the "Snarky Brotherhood" coming and going with shows and festivals. By 2021, the band boasted a regular line-up of over one hundred musicians, hailing from all parts of the world.
Snarky Puppy's genre-bending sound has resulted in a wide array of comparisons in the music world. Other acts that share a similar sound and approach are:
Snarky Puppy are renowned for their tight and energetic live shows, where they often draw on tracks from their impressive catalogue of original music. Some of the band's best-known tunes include:
Listening to Snarky Puppy is sure to get any music fan dancing and grooving. If you're looking to experience their electrifying live show, be sure to grab tickets as soon as you can for a night that won't soon be forgotten!
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