Bobby McFerrin in Minnesota Star Tribune: A fan of Snarky Puppy...

Reportedly, in his first interview in four years, Bobby McFerrin names Snarky Puppy:

"If he listens to music at home, it’s usually classical, preferably Rachmaninoff. When he’s driving on long road trips, he opts for the jazz group the Yellowjackets. He’s also fond of a lesser known jazz outfit, Snarky Puppy."

But then again, I'm sure the Snarky faithful already knew that (since 2014). :-)

KNKX -- The New Cool: Snarky Puppy Charms Seattle

By Abe Beeson
Published March 2, 2018

"That seems to be just what their fans want, as Snarky Puppy flowed effortlessly from dance-club funk tunes to latin-flavored grooves, jam band explorations and more compositional movie score vibes. The audience at The Moore ranged from the 6-year-old sitting behind me to the older cats in their 60s, and they all sat in rapt attention, cheering wildly for every solo and crescendo."

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San Francisco Chronicle: Snarky Puppy breaks the rules at first night of SFJazz residency

By Aidin Vaziri
Published: March 2, 2018

"While the songs typically sauntered, they were hemmed in with melodies so tight and bright that in another life they could have served as theme songs for 1980s game shows, fitting the band’s mission to make its music as accessible as possible."

Reading Eagle Concert Review: Eclectic Snarky Puppy is a new breed of jazz band

Concert review: Eclectic Snarky Puppy is a new breed of jazz band (VIDEO)

Published: Monday April 3, 2017
By Jon Fassnacht

Mutts or mongrel puppies are so crossbred they don't belong to one recognized breed.

The same can be said for Snarky Puppy.The musical collective, which made its Boscov's Berks Jazz Fest debut on Sunday at a very well attended Santander Performing Arts Center, defies categorization. Its music is complex, heavy on improvisation and solos, but it's too eclectic to be simply jazz or even jazz fusion. And its arrangements, while freewheeling at times, are much more controlled than those of jam bands.


From GroundUP Music Festival 2017 – Video Compilation and LONG Blog Post :-)

I wrote this one up on my personal blog because it was... well... personal. :-)

But I feel compelled to at least cross-post the link here.


Here's the video on YouTube if you wish to skip the LONG blog post and just watch the Video Compilation:

WINNER: 59th Grammy Awards -- Best Contemporary Instrumental Album -- Snarky Puppy for Culcha Vulcha

This was a really special one for Snarky Puppy. :-)

It's the first time that they've been awarded a Grammy for an album that represents just the regular band members without special guests, playing their own music. This was awarded while the band was hosting their first ever GroundUp Music Festival.

Their 3rd Grammy Award overall:

2014: "Something", Grammy Award for Best R&B Performance

2016: Sylva, Grammy Award for Best Contemporary Instrumental Album

2017: Culcha Vulcha, Grammy Award for Best Contemporary Instrumental Album

BRAVO Michael League & Snarky Puppy. :-)

Boston Globe: Snarky Puppy’s ‘overnight success’ was a decade in the making

Snarky Puppy’s fortunes seemed to be on an upswing. Though it was still struggling to fill stateside venues, the band had just returned from its first European tour, a surprising success. The hope was to sell 50 tickets for the first show, in London; instead the group sold out a 400-capacity room. Back at the airport in Chicago afterward, the musicians buzzed among themselves: Maybe something is happening here.

They got into a van and drove more than 30 hours straight, to Takoma, Wash., for some West Coast shows. Over the first three nights, Snarky Puppy played to a total of about 100 people, says bandleader Michael League.

“The third night was my birthday, and there were three people there,” says League, recalling the story over the phone during a break in studio recording. “It was really a healthy smack in the face. Not that anybody was getting a big head, but the idea that just because something’s happening somewhere, it doesn’t mean you’re big [expletive].”

When Snarky Puppy, whose sound can best be described as a fresh form of jazz fusion, plays House of Blues on Wednesday, it’s guaranteed to have more than three people in the audience.

The instrumental ensemble, which includes a few core members and lots of rotating contributors, has kept a much higher profile since its surprising Grammy win in 2014, recently complemented by a second win in February. But it’s enjoying an “overnight success” that was a decade in the making.


NPR: First Listen -- Snarky Puppy, 'Culcha Vulcha'

First Listen: Snarky Puppy, 'Culcha Vulcha'

Published on: April 21, 2016

By: Patrick Jarenwattananon

High among the variously outstanding qualities of the band Snarky Puppy is its fecundity. This new music heard here isn't even the first Snarky record to come out this year — that would be the live album and concert film of collaborations called Family Dinner Vol. 2, released in February. Count back and you arrive at seven full-length releases in the last five years, 11 in total. Then there are the familial side projects (more of those to come this year, too), the international touring schedule of an improbably successful band, and the many other gigs to which any given member commits. Snarky Puppy is on its hustle.

At the center of this churn is bassist, chief composer and ringleader Michael League. Remarkably, he's herded such quantity from a many-human-ed band, one whose general largeness is also an aesthetic one. To the extent that Snarky Puppy has a core sonic idea, it's an intricate melody over a multifaceted groove, as generated by multiple horn players, multiple guitarists, multiple keyboardists and multiple percussionists. It gathers ideas openly and avidly from all over the world and throughout the Afro-American popular music continuum, blending freely. Few might have predicted that such a maximalist, stylistically unbound ensemble — an instrumental funk band on the precipice between intricate and noodly — could sustain itself beyond personal passion. Yet League and the band have grown a rabid fan base of depth and diversity: young and old, jazz people and laypeople, black, white, neither. A second Grammy Award arrived earlier this year.

This record happens to be called Culcha Vulcha; read approvingly, it acts as a general modus operandi. Snarky Puppy's very DNA is recombinant, first barking when League was a Led Zeppelin-obsessed bass student in the University of North Texas jazz program. Its finishing school was the gospel-church gigs and R&B production of nearby Dallas, where a deeper idiomatic negritude set in. Big ears fill in the rest. League recently explained toJazz Night In America that one of his most famous tunes, "Shofukan," was written in a Japanese cultural center in the Netherlands during Christmas, based on a misheard groove from Lebanon.

A more timely example: The record starts off with "Tarova," where South Asian percussion meets Southern amplitude; the effect comes off vaguely like go-go. The adverb "vaguely" arises often, really. An anguine, vaguely Brazilian melody defines the next tune, "Semente." "Gemini" feels vaguely Motown but slower, and with extra synth. "Grown Folks" is anchored by a vaguely New Orleans parade beat, and so on. To be clear, the vagaries aren't intended pejoratively, unless you want them to be; they're just signifying suggestions, elements to build upon. There's too much sincerity here to not take it seriously; a lot of virtuosos — particularly the many keyboard players — have fully committed to the one-nation-under-a-groove family.

It is everything and nothing, but it is certainly now a thing. Culcha Vulcha is Snarky Puppy's first true studio record in many years, with no studio audience or guest-star collaborators. Given their work ethic, it's hard to imagine that League and the "family" would commit such a document to tape haphazardly; it certainly sounds more post-produced than their typical live-to-tape recordings. The intentional nature of the project seems to surface something more at the core of their ethos. At very least,Culcha Vulcha is big, rich and funky — maybe that's enough.



The Buffalo News | Permanent waves: How Snarky Puppy became the hub of a new movement in music

It seems that everyone involved with Snarky Puppy is exploding with creativity that can’t be contained within one singular project. What’s amazing about all of this isn’t the fact that there’s so much of it, but rather, that all of it is so inspired, so worthwhile, so good.

When you catch Snarky Puppy in concert – which you’ll be able to do at the Town Ballroom on May 7 – you’ll catch a wave, more than merely hearing a band. And you’ll take inspiration from the fact that this band is reaching a primarily young audience, one full of eager musicians eager to pay it all forward.




New Album Details: Culcha Vulcha

Jazz collective Snarky Puppy will release their eleventh album and first true studio album in eight years on April 29 via GroundUP Music/Universal Music Classics. Dubbed Culcha Vulcha, the record finds the group visiting the remote Donic Ranch Studios in Tornillo, TX for a week, which spawned nine new tracks. 


NPR: Snarky Puppy -- 'Music For The Brain And Booty'

February 25, 20164:39 PM ET  • The large instrumental band Snarky Puppy, which just won its second Grammy Award, is hard to pin down to one place. Its core is now in New York, but its members have toured and recorded all over the world, and their spiritual home is still Dallas, Texas. It's where they'd take in gospel performances in area churches; it's near where they initially met at music school at the University of North Texas in Denton. As bassist and bandleader Michael League explains, you can hear all those collisions in the pocket of their complex and beyond-category grooves. Snarky Puppy makes what it calls "music for the brain and booty" alike.