|Origin||Denton, Texas, United States|
|Genres||Jazz-funk, jazz fusion, progressive rock, instrumental rock, nu jazz|
|Labels||Ropeadope, Sitmom Records|
Snarky Puppy is a Brooklyn, New York-based instrumental fusion band led by bassist, composer and producer, Michael League. Formed in Denton, Texas in 2004, the band features a collective of nearly 40 musicians, referred to as "The Fam" on their recordings and tours. The musicians perform on a variety of instruments including guitars, pianos, keyboards, woodwinds, brass, percussion and strings. Many of the current and former band members were once students at the University of North Texas.
The band's lineup is often in flux as members routinely perform with other artists such as, Erykah Badu, Marcus Miller, Justin Timberlake, Kirk Franklin, Ari Hoenig, Roy Hargrove, Snoop Dogg and others. Currently the core touring unit is: Michael League, Robert "Sput" Searight, Nate Werth, Justin Stanton, Bob Lanzetti, Mike Maher and Chris Bullock. Besides performing in a traditional setting, Snarky Puppy is committed to music education. While touring, the band has held over 100 clinics, workshops, and masterclasses in the United States, Canada, England, Scotland, France, the Netherlands, Germany, and Belgium.
The band released their debut album "Live at Uncommon Ground" in 2005 and began touring extensively after their second album "The Only Constant" in 2006. Snarky Puppy's first four albums were released under Sitmom Records. Since their fifth album "Tell Your Friends" (2010), the band has been signed to Ropeadope Records.
The band's forthcoming album was performed and recorded live in October 2013 at the artistic compound "Kytopia" in the city of Utrecht. It is slated for release in February 2014. On January 26, 2014, Snarky Puppy, along with Lalah Hathaway won a Grammy Award in the "Best R&B Performance" category for their rendition of the Brenda Russell song "Something'" from 'Family Dinner - Volume 1'.
- Live at Uncommon Ground (2005)
- The Only Constant (2006)
- The World Is Getting Smaller (2007)
- Bring Us the Bright (2008)
- Tell Your Friends (2010)
- groundUP (2012)
- Amkeni w/ Bukuru Celestin (2013)
- Family Dinner Volume I (2013)
- We Like It Here (2014)
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- "Grammy Awards". Grammy.com. Retrieved 2013-12-07.
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