Snarky Puppy was formed in 2004 in Denton, Texas, where founder Michael League was attending the University of North Texas. He created the group (made up of 10 university students) as an outlet for his compositions with the humble goal of weekly rehearsals in a tiny garage apartment. After years of touring, League and several other members moved an hour south to Dallas and became deeply embedded in the city’s rich gospel and R&B scene, and as a result, added heavyweight musicians such as Bernard Wright, Robert “Sput” Searight, Bobby Sparks, Mark Lettieri, and Shaun Martin to the band’s ranks. The sound began to change dramatically and shifted their creative direction. Snarky Puppy became famous for the making of live, in-studio albums, with an added component - a live audience and video cameras.
With the release of the collaborative Family Dinner - Volume One in 2013, Snarky Puppy wins their first Grammy awards (for “Best R&B Performance”) - Lala Hathaway’s performance of the song “Something”. The subsequent Family Dinner - Volume Two features artists like David Crosby, Jacob Collier, Salif Keita, and Laura Mvula. Their concert in London’s legendary Royal Albert Hall was recorded live and officially released in spring of 2020 and went on to win the band their fourth Grammy award. A to JazZ Festival will be the host of an amazing show from a spectrum of award-winning musicians, who as members of Snarky Puppy have had almost 2,000 shows, 13 albums, 4 Grammy awards, 8 Jazz Times, Downbeat awards and a hundred of masterclasses around the world.