Snarky Puppy

Snarky Puppy

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Maybe you didnt notice, but this is Snarky Puppys world, and the rest of us only live in it." - The New York TimesThe 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 bands Grammy awards would indicate (Best R&B Performance in 2014, Best Contemporary Instrumental Album in 2016 and 2017), Snarky Puppy isnt exactly a jazz band. Its not a fusion band, and its definitely not a jam band. Its 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 theyre not.Snarky Puppy is a collective of sorts with as many as 25 members in regular rotation. They each maintain busy schedules as sidemen (with such artists as Erykah Badu, Snoop Dogg, and DAngelo), producers (for Kirk Franklin, David Crosby, and Salif Keta), and solo artists (many of whom are on the bands 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 groups membership. But more than the cultural diversity of the individual players, the defining characteristic of Snarky Puppys music is the joy of performing together in the perpetual push to grow creatively.The band was formed by bassist and primary composer Michael League in 2003, starting inconspicuously enough as a group of college friends at the University of North Texas Jazz Studies program. Three years later, a serendipitous intersection with the Dallas gospel and R&B community in Dallas transformed the music into something funkier, more direct, and more visceral. It was at this time that the group absorbed musicians like Robert Sput Searight (drums), Shaun Martin (keyboards), and Bobby Sparks (keyboards), and were heavily influenced by legendary keyboardist Bernard Wright (Miles Davis, Chaka Khan, Marcus Miller).

query_builder Sat 5/18/2019
8:00 PM - 8:00 PM

place

Riviera Theatre, 4746 North Racine Avenue, Chicago

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