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NPR: Jazz Night In America visits Dallas and Snarky Puppy

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The large instrumental band Snarky Puppy, which just won its second Grammy Award, is hard to pin down to one place. Its core is now in New York, but its members have toured and recorded all over the world, and their spiritual home is still Dallas, Texas. It's where they'd take in gospel performances in area churches; it's near where they initially met at music school at the University of North Texas in Denton. As bassist and bandleader Michael League explains, you can hear all those collisions in the pocket of their complex and beyond-category grooves. Snarky Puppy makes what it calls "music for the brain and booty" alike.

The band's ninth album, Family Dinner - Volume Two is a follow-up to the Grammy-winning Family Dinner - Volume One (2014), and the band's latest offering following their acclaimed UMC release, Sylva; a collaboration with the Metropole Orkest that garnered a #1-chart debut on both Billboard's Jazz and Heatseekers Charts simultaneously. It is also the first release under the GroundUP/Universal Music Classics umbrella.

Jazz Night In America recently flew to Dallas to visit Mike League's old stomping grounds and take a deep dive into his fascinating compositional process. Then we witness its execution in a sold-out, live, hometown Snarky Puppy concert at The Door in Dallas.