When it comes to raw musical talent and on-stage ability, Brooklyn, NY based instrumental fusion band Snarky Puppy are certainly not in short supply.
Playing what they call “music for the brain and booty,” the eclectic jazz/funk/world/soul/pop collective, featuring nearly 40 musicians, is a top-notch, quintessential live band.
But you don’t have to take my word for it…Even Rock and Roll Hall of Famer David Crosby, of Crosby, Stills & Nash, expressed his admiration for the band, tweeting “Snarky Puppy is quite possibly the most advanced band in the world…certainly the best I’ve heard/seen.”
The band has gained some serious notoriety off stage as well, winning the Grammy for Best R&B Performance in 2014 with their Family Dinner – Volume One album, followed by the Grammy for Best Contemporary Instrumental Album earlier this year with their 10th album, Family Dinner – Volume Two.
And as if the band’s talents and musical accolades weren’t impressive enough – their philanthropic work in the field of music education is also pretty awe-inspiring.
While on tour over the years, the band has shown their commitment to music education by holding hundreds of clinics, workshops and classes in several countries around the world.
They’re also donating part of the proceeds from their most recent album, Family Dinner – Volume Two, to the New Orleans music education and mentorship organization, Roots of Music.
But the band holding music education in high accord is no surprise when you consider how Snarky Puppy came to be.
Michael League, the band’s bassist and leader, formed the group in 2004 after his freshman year at the acclaimed music school of the University of North Texas – which has one of the oldest jazz programs in the country – and for the first couple years, the band was made up of music students from the school.
Now, the lineup consists of several core members and a rotating roster of other musicians. Members include Michael League, Larnell Lewis, Jason “JT” Thomas, Robert “Sput” Searight, Nate Werth, Marcelo Woloski, Keita Ogawa, Justin Stanton, Bobby Sparks, Shaun Martin, Cory Henry, Bill Laurance, Chris Mcqueen, Bob Lanzetti, Mark Lettieri, Mike “Maz” Maher, Jay Jennings, Chris Bullock, Bob Reynolds and Zach Brock.
With such a large, rotating group of musicians – playing a variety of instruments including guitars, pianos, keyboards, woodwinds, brass, percussion and strings – Snarky Puppy’s live performances offer concert-goers a unique experience at every show.
Local music fans will soon have a chance to see that magic in action. Thursday, May 12, Essential Productions is bringing Snarky Puppy to The Madison Theater for what is sure to be an unforgettable night of music.
Tickets for the show, which are $25 pre-sale and $30 at the door, can be purchased by clicking here.