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Watch Michael League & Mark Lettieri - LIve At NAMM 2017: The Dunlop Booth

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The last two years have brought dramatic changes for Snarky Puppy. 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 both of the band's Grammy awards would indicate (Best R&B Performance in 2014 and Best Contemporary Instrumental Album in 2016), each Snarky Puppy member maintains busy schedules as sidemen (with such artists as Erykah Badu, Snoop Dogg, Kendrick Lamar, and D'Angelo), producers (for Kirk Franklin, David Crosby, and Salif Keïta), and solo artists (many of whom are on the band's indy label, GroundUP Music). At its core, the band represents the convergence of both black and white American music culture with various accents from around the world. Japan, Argentina, Canada, the United Kingdom, and Puerto Rico all have representation in the group's membership. But more than the cultural diversity of the individual players, the defining characteristic of Snarky Puppy's music is the joy of performing together in the perpetual push to grow creatively.

The band was formed by bassist and primary composer Michael League in 2003, starting inconspicuously enough as a group of college friends at the University of North Texas' Jazz Studies program. League is a Grammy Award-winning bassist, guitarist, composer, arranger, producer, label owner, and bandleader based out of Brooklyn, New York. Mark Lettieri is a guitarist, composer and sometimes producer who works both on stage and in the studio with numerous artists and bands on local, national and international levels. He also writes and records instrumental guitar music under his own name. 

WATCH League & Lettieri - LIve At The Dunlop Booth@THIS YEAR'S NAMM SHOW