The TD Edmonton International Jazz Festival is excited to announce the Grammy Award-winning headliners for this year’s Festival, Snarky Puppy. The group will take the Winspear Stage on June 25, 2018. Tickets range from $39 – $49 (plus service fees) and are available through the Winspear Box Office – visit winspearcentre.com or call 780-428-1414 or 1-800-563-5081 (toll free).
Snarky Puppy is a collective of sorts with 9-12 members on tour. They each maintain busy schedules as sidemen (with such artists as Erykah Badu, Snoop Dogg, Kendrick Lamar, and D’Angelo), producers (for Kirk Franklin, David Crosby, and Salif Keïta), and solo artists (many of whom are on the band’s indy label, GroundUP Music). At its core, the band represents the convergence of both black and white American music culture with various accents from around the world. Japan, Argentina, Canada, the United Kingdom, and Puerto Rico all have representation in the group’s membership. But more than the cultural diversity of the individual players, the defining characteristic of Snarky Puppy’s music is the joy of performing together in the perpetual push to grow creatively.
As the category names for all three of the band’s Grammy® awards would indicate (Best R&B Performance in 2014, Best Contemporary Instrumental Album in 2016 and 2017), Snarky Puppy isn’t exactly a jazz band. It’s not a fusion band, and it’s definitely not a jam band. It’s probably best to take Nate Chinen of the New York Times’ advice, as stated in an online discussion about the group, to “take them for what they are, rather than judge them for what they’re not.”
The TD Edmonton International Jazz Festival will run June 22 to July 1,2018 at a variety of venues. Please visit edmontonjazz.com or follow facebook/instagram/twitter @edmontonjazz to learn more and stay connected.
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