Snarky Puppy

Monday, June 25 7:30pm

Winspear Centre

Snarky Puppy

One of the hottest jazz/R&B bands on the planet, Snarky Puppy, fresh from their 2017 GRAMMY win for Best Contemporary Instrumental Album, plays with an irresistible mix of funk, fire and finesse. A Brooklyn-based collective that grew out of the celebrated jazz program at the University of North Texas, the band — which features a revolving cast of up to a dozen musicians playing guitars, percussion, horns, keyboards and sometimes strings — makes what it likes to call “music for your brain and booty.”

 

The last four years have brought dramatic changes for Snarky Puppy.

After a decade of relentless touring and recording in all but complete obscurity, the Texas-bred/New York-based quasi-collective suddenly found itself held up by the press and public as one of the major figures in the jazz world. But 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.”

Snarky Puppy is a collective of sorts with a revolving cast of regular musicians, each maintaining a busy schedule 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.

MICHAEL LEAGUE – BASS & BAND LEADER
LARNELL LEWIS – DRUMS | MARCELO WOLOSKI – PERCUSSION
SHAUN MARTIN – KEYS | BOBBY SPARKS – KEYS
JUSTIN STANTON – KEYS, TRUMPET | MIKE “MAZ” MAHER – TRUMPET
CHRIS BULLOCK – SAXOPHONE, FLUTE | MARK LETTIERI – GUITAR

Snarky Puppy

$39 - $49 + Service Charges

Monday, June 25 7:30pm

Winspear Centre
Box Office #4 Sir Winston Churchill Square, Corner of 99th Street and 102 Avenue, Edmonton, AB

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