After a decade of relentless touring and recording in all but complete obscurity, the Texas-bred/New York-based quasi-collective suddenly found itself held up by the press and public as one of the major figures in the jazz world. But as the category names for all four of the band’s Grammy® awards would indicate (Best R&B Performance in 2014, Best Contemporary Instrumental Album in 2016, 2017, and 2021), Snarky Puppy isn’t exactly a jazz band. It’s not a fusion band, and it’s definitely not a jam band. The defining characteristic of Snarky Puppy’s music is the joy of performing together in the perpetual push to grow creatively.
“A barnstorming, groove-centric instrumental act with a rabid fan base and a blithely unplaceable style" — The New York Times