Conductor: Michael League, electric bass
Snarky Puppy is not exactly a jazz band. It's not a fusion band, and it's definitely not a jam band. It's probably best to take the advice of Nate Chinen (New York Times), who commented in an online discussion of the group to "take them for what they are, rather than judging them for what they're not." Snarky Puppy, a multiple Grammy award winner, is a collective of sorts with up to 25 members in regular rotation. Each of them has a busy schedule as sidemen (with artists like Erykah Badu, Snoop Dogg, Kendrick Lamar and D'Angelo), producers (for Kirk Franklin, David Crosby and Salif Keïta) and solo artists. At its core, the band represents, the convergence of black and white American music culture with various accents from around the world. Japan, Argentina, Canada, Great Britain and Puerto Rico are all represented in the group. But even more than the cultural diversity of the individual musicians, the defining characteristic of Snarky Puppy's music is the joy of making music together and the constant pursuit of creative growth.