Sounds Like: Weather Report, Steely Dan, Wayne Krantz, Tower of Power, Robert Glasper
Label: Ropeadope, GroundUP Music
Manager: Michael League
Bio: With the release of their live, 2-disc album/DVD "Tell Your Friends" (Ropeadope Records), Snarky Puppy has gone from an underground secret to one of the most internationally respected names in instrumental music.
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Snarky Puppy has gone from an underground secret to one of the most internationally respected names in instrumental music, in the process gaining a reputation for putting on a live show unparalleled in energy, virtuosity and musicianship. Seamlessly fusing a deep knowledge and respect for musical tradition with sonic and conceptual innovation, the band is able to reach the most critical or most carefree audience. It’s a group of musicians from two different cultures and traditions — jazz and rock kids from white America, gospel/R&B kids from black America — and somewhere between a garage band and a collective of 25 or more players in regular rotation. The core remains consistent and features 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). The group was conceived and is held together by award-winning bassist/guitarist/composer/arranger Michael League. Chicago Jam Scene says “their sound . . . will make your brain churn and your booty shake.” The inevitable result of a talent-soaked soul and jazz community, The Funky Knuckles are taking the sound of Dallas to an entirely different level. They have been together six years and have held a weekly residency since the beginning. The band is comprised of sidemen from some of the most respected artists in the music industry (Beyonce, Erykah Badu, Chrisette Michelle, Talib Kweli, P. Diddy, The Polyphonic Spree, etc.), yet possesses a sound distinctly separate from any of their individual projects. The Funky Knuckles move together musically as a school of fish, never complacent and always stretching the boundaries of improvisation and composition. Whether performing original music or standards, they draw from each member’s musical experiences to create their unique genre-blending sound. After the release of their debut album on GroundUP Music, As of Lately, The Knuckles added a full-time horn section and began touring nationally. Their second album, Meta-Musica (also on GroundUP), climbed the iTunes Jazz Charts to become the #1 selling record in the United States the day it was released.
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