The fine radio channel NPR Music recently made a video and radio documentary about Snarky Puppy, one of the busiest jazz-related bands around, playing up to 200 shows a year! Several live cuts from a gig in Dallas, near where the group was originally formed, are combined with documentary sections where band leader and bassist Michael League talks about his way of composing and where his inspireation comes from, among other things.

The radio piece is almost twice as long as the video, and I recommend watching/listening to both as it’s very enjoyable to see the band on stage.

 

 

Snarky Puppy has just released their most recent project, the DVD/CD Family dinner vol. 2, where an extended version of this already rather massive band performs with different guest artist on each track. Some of the videos are on youtube, and this one featuring vocalist Becca Stevens and the legendary Swedish folk band Väsen is really cool. Other guests on this project include Salif Keita, David Crosby, Susana Baca and Charlie Hunter.