With the release of their live, 2-disc album/DVD Tell Your Friends, Snarky Puppy has gone from an underground secret to one of the most internationally respected names in instrumental music.
The three-time Dallas Observer Music Award winning group ("Best Jazz Act" 2008, 2009, 2010) fuses a deep knowledge and respect for musical tradition with sonic and conceptual innovation in a way that is able to reach the most critical—or most carefree—of audiences. Cicily Janus, in her seminal 2010 book The New Face of Jazz, interviewed band leader Michael League about Snarky's adventurous, yet traditionally respective, tact called the group "one of the most inventive in sound and funk since Maynard Ferguson's fusion years."
The core of the group, which remains consistent, based now in Brooklyn features Grammy Award-winners Robert "Sput" Searight on drums (God's Property, Snoop Dogg) and Shaun Martin on keys (Kirk Franklin, Erykah Badu). Led by award-winning bassist/composer Michael League, Snarky Puppy delivers raw funk and sensitive dynamics, relentless pocket and lyrical melodicism, lush harmony and soulful simplicity, and most importantly, a delicate mixture of composition and improvisation.
Also taking the stage is Alison Wedding, who started her music career at age two, singing for family and friends in the living room. She has never looked back, earning a jazz degree from the world-famous University of North Texas, winning numerous awards (Bell Award for Best Australian Vocal Jazz Album, Gibson-May Award at the London International Vocal Jazz Competition) and performing with artists like Gerry Mulligan and Andy Summers (the Police). Three albums later, Wedding still has a deep passion for teaching voice and improvisation and is an associate professor in the Voice Department at Berklee College of Music in Boston. Her new album, This Dance, featuring special guests Chris Potter, Lionel Loueke, and Theo Bleckmann, has just been released on the brand new label, GroundUP Music (Ropeadope Records).
Tickets are $15 in advance, $18 day of show, $25 for both Snaky Puppy shows.