Snarky Puppy is somewhere between a garage band and a collective, with over 25 players in regular rotation. The core of the group, which remains consistent, features Michael League, Grammy Award-winners Robert "Sput" Searight on drums (God's Property, Snoop Dogg) and Shaun Martin on keys (Kirk Franklin, Erykah Badu), as well as young organ prodigy Cory Henry (Kenny Garrett, Kim Burell) and multi-instrumentalist Louis Cato (Marcus Miller, Q-Tip, George Duke). Its members are mainstays with artists like Erykah Badu, Marcus Miller, P Diddy Dirty Money, The Polyphonic Spree, Snoop Dogg, Roy Hargrove's RH Factor, Morcheeba, Tower of Power, Ari Hoenig/Adam Rogers, Justin Timberlake, Kenny Garrett, Yo-Yo Ma, Lucy Woodward, and Bilal, among many more.
It is, in its physical makeup, a group of musicians from two different cultures and traditions- jazz and rock kids from white America, and gospel/R&B kids from black America. This convergence, which occurred while the band was in its adolescence at the University of North Texas, has naturally established a series of combinations and a system of balance that instantly draws listeners to the music- 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.
Recently named to the iTunes "Best of 2012 Albums" in jazz, Snarky Puppy is on the pulse of the youth jazz movement worldwide. Their sheet music is part of music school curriculum in high schools and universities in the U.S. and Canada and the group has more than 20,000 Facebook likes and 1.5 million combined YouTube views. 2013 will see Snarky Puppy debut in India, Australia and Russia, as well as having extended tours in Europe and North America.
Additionally the band is currently working with Jefferson Center's Music Lab and Chamber Music of America and to record and produce original material written by 17-year-old Burundian multi-instrumentalist and Music Lab student Bukuru Celestin.