Jazz group Snarky Puppy feeds off online audience

Charmain Z. Branckett

“YouTube is our most valuable asset period,” said Michael League, the award-winning bassist/guitarist/composer/arranger who conceived the band, which fuses the sounds of jazz, R&B, funk, gospel and into one.

From 2006 to 2010, the band had recorded three albums and tended to play the same cities where it had developed a fan base. When the band's music from its fourth album, Tell Your Friends, hit YouTube, however, that all changed.

“We started getting emails from Singapore, England, the Philippines, and there was no reason to have heard of us except YouTube,” he said.

If you haven't heard of Snarky , you'll have your chance Sunday, April 21, when the group will close out the JazzLives event, which will also feature an open jam with area musicians and visual artists interpreting the music.

JazzLives will begin at 7 p.m. at Julian Smith Casino. Tickets are $ 15 for adults and $ 10 for students, seniors and military and are available at azzlives.bpt.me.

There are about 25 members of Snarky Puppy; however, usually seven to 10 play at one time. All of them are soloists in their own right or play with other bands. All but about two have musical degrees, and each brings a distinct flavor to the music, League said.

Formed in Texas, Snarky Puppy's musicians have different backgrounds and come together to create the sound. League said some of the members were white suburbanites who were into alternative rock and then discovered jazz; other members grew up in black churches and had infused into their souls. They played instruments in their churches when they were as

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    • beladobaile
    • April 15, 2013

    It never fails. Every time I (re)watch a Maymo video, I laugh outloud.

    Thank you Maymo darling! ♥♥♥

    • DarthSpencer97
    • April 15, 2013

    what kind of dog is it?

    • butterflyst11
    • April 15, 2013


    • mylifeisjo
    • April 15, 2013

    hahaha my puppy likes pickles watch it at!!!

    • Paris Shapero
    • April 15, 2013

    1:06 LOL

    • Jessica Tat
    • April 15, 2013

    0:22 oh no where it oh no give me it back you worthless white thing

    • TheBirdGeek
    • April 15, 2013

    0:35 lol!

    • Vanderdude404
    • April 15, 2013

    0:53 “i’ll just chill real quick”

    • Sierra Hehr
    • April 15, 2013

    so cute lol

    • BrittaCali
    • April 15, 2013

    I love Maymo! My Great-Dane Puppy had a similar reaction!

    • stestestellina
    • April 15, 2013

    hhahaha the orange won

    • cincinnatisiding
    • April 15, 2013


    • Lauren Nicole
    • April 15, 2013

    Hahaha the ending! So freaking cute!

    • fairmonkey212
    • April 15, 2013

    Anyone know what breed this dog is?

    • fairmonkey212
    • April 15, 2013

    Wait doesn’t matter

    • TakoGeneral
    • April 15, 2013

    Your floors must be sticky.. Worth it!

    • shygirl3331
    • April 15, 2013

    Love the ending! Too cute!!!!!!

    • AsianNerdxD
    • April 15, 2013

    That’s what she said.

    • janman1981
    • April 15, 2013

    These are so cute. Have you tried grapefruit or kiwi?

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