Snarky Puppy

Snarky Puppy


The premier musicians in Dallas and New York City playing an infectious mixture of jazz, funk, and world music. Music to move the brain and booty.


"Excellent f*ing music" -Andre 3000 (Outkast)
"Incredible writing. Killin'." -Ari Hoenig (Joshua Redman, Kenny Werner)
"Incredible" -Marc Johnson (Bill Evans Trio, Michel Camilo)
"Killin.'" -Victor Wooten (Bela Fleck)
"Serious passion." -Johnny Vidacovich (Astral Project, Joe Sample)
"Scary." -Tony Hall (Dave Matthews, Trey Anastasio)
"Great musicality, great fun, great minds." -Grammy winner Al Petteway
"Simply put.... Amazing! Great fresh instrumental music at the highest levels." -Chazz Frichtel (Michael McDonald)

Victor Wooten
Herbie Hancock's Headhunters
Rebirth Brass Band
Stanton Moore Trio
Ivan Neville's Dumpstaphunk
Jacob Fred Jazz Orchestra
Papa Grows Funk
RH Factor
Mingo Fishtrap
Jason Marsalis
John Ellis & Doublewide
Jean-Michel Pilc
Ari Hoenig & Punk Bop

*2008 Dallas Observer Music Awards Winner (Best Jazz Act)*

*2009 Dallas Observer Music Awards Winner (Best Jazz Act)*

An animal as innovative and engaging as its 3 generations of legendary musicians, Ropeadope Digital recording artist Snarky Puppy has one of the freshest sounds in the world of instrumental music today. It is a gathering place for the best that Dallas has to offer, from the unparalleled genius of keyboardist Bernard Wright (Miles Davis, Chaka Khan) to the raw groove and vibrant spirit of Grammy Award-winning drummer/keyboardist Robert “Sput” Searight (Erykah Badu, Snoop Dogg) to the hunger and passion of its young founders. This convergence of different cultures, races, ages, and musical backgrounds has birthed a sound that is setting trends and defying boundaries worldwide.

It is a delicate mixture of real American music, from jazz to funk to R&B to rock, and seasoned heavily with the sounds of Brazil, Puerto Rico, Africa, the Middle East, and the Balkans. While exotic, virtuosic, and laden with musical depth, the success of Snarky Puppy can be largely attributed to the group’s ability to “go in multiple directions while remaining imminently listenable” (Dallas Observer), and ultimately, danceable. Reaching an audience is something that these players have loads of experience with, having played with major league artists such as Sting, Stevie Wonder, Snoop Dogg, Roberta Flack, Morcheeba, Erykah Badu, and countless more. The music is completely uncompromised, unorthodox, and unmistakably unique.

At the forefront of the band are two living legends from different generations. The veteran of the group is keyboardist Bernard Wright, one of the most influential people in the history of American music. After 30 years of touring and recording with folks like Miles Davis, Marcus Miller, The Wynans, Roberta Flack, Roy Hargrove, Gladys Knight, Bernard brings his unequalled maturity, taste, FUNK, and versatility to Snarky Puppy. On the same route though a few generations behind him is the Grammy Award-winning producer and multi-instrumentalist Robert “Sput” Searight of groups as eclectic as Kirk Franklin, Snoop Dogg, Erykah Badu, and Celine Dion. Sput brings an undeniably contagious energy to the music, whether behind the drums or keyboards. Frequent augmentations of the group include Puerto Rican percussionists Jose Aponte and Jorge Ginorio as well as new funk legend Bobby Sparks (Lalah Hathaway, Marcus Miller) on organ.

But the girth of the band is one more generation back, and in sharp cultural contrast with the aforementioned players. It is a group of mid-twenties, college-educated jazz musicians from the highly esteemed University of North Texas. This is where the concept of the group was birthed and is maintained, even throughout a drastic musical evolution that has gone on for 4 years. The young bassist/composer/bandleader Michael League (Myron Butler & Levi, Keite Young, Dave Brubeck, Walter Hawkins) has engineered Snarky Puppy to be a band constantly pushing forward, yet always accepting of what its individual players bring to the table.

Snarky Puppy has shared stages in the U.S. and Canada throughout the last two years with Victor Wooten, Rudder, Ivan Neville’s Dumpstaphunk, Herbie Hancock’s Headhunters, Stanton Moore's Trio, and Ari Hoenig among others, proving that its appeal has very few genral boundaries. Its three records and DVD have received acclaim from musicians and critics alike, winning over such artists as Andre 3000 (Outkast), Johnny Vidacovich (John Scofield), and Marcus Miller (Miles Davis).

The group will be touring internationally throughout 2009 supporting its ground-breaking third record, “Bring Us the Bright”, and culminating in late fall with the recording of a new live album (their first for Ropeadope Digital).

As for defining the band’s sound, League says, “In a crazy, twisted way, we play dance music. It’s also art music. I suppose it’s just music.”

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CD/DVD 2010 Tell Your Friends (Ropeadope Digital)
CD 2008 Bring Us the Bright (sitmom records)
CD 2007 The World Is Getting Smaller (sitmom records)
DVD 2007 Real to Reel (soulful productions/sitmom)
CD 2006 The Only Constant (sitmom records)

Set List

We have lots and lots of original music. See!

Open Forum
Hot and Bothered
Native Sons
Intelligent Design
The World is Getting Smaller
Fair Play
Bring Us the Bright
Loose Screws
34 Klezma
Making the Circle
Strange Dream
And Soon We'll Be One
Cookie Greeting
Slow Demon
Quarter Master
Skate U
The Little People
The Good Man Deliver and the Best is Blessed
Ready Wednesday

We try to avoid covers, but here are a few we pull out from time to time.

Little Flamenco (Chick Corea)
Jan Jan (Grant Green)
Drunken Master (Groove Collective)
Actual Proof (Headhunters)
Shapons Vindaloo (Vasen)
In the Mevla Khane (Antonis Arpegis)