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Snarky Puppy Announces 2019 U.S. Tour Dates
Concerts & Tours

Snarky Puppy Announces 2019 U.S. Tour Dates

Michael League and the Grammy-winning ensemble Snarky Puppy have announced their first tour dates of 2019 with an extensive U.S. leg in May and June. The announcement was made on Facebook, which also alluded to a new album that will be released in March. “We can’t wait to get these new tunes into your ears,” the band wrote. League and...

Snarky Puppy: Grown Folks (Live)
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Snarky Puppy: Grown Folks (Live)

Here’s a great clip of Snarky Puppy performing “Grown Folks” live at Festival Django Reinhardt this year. Michael League lays down a funky line to kick off the song, and throughout.

Bokanté: Fanm
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Bokanté: Fanm

Bokanté’s sophomore album What Heat is coming later this month, which features the band teaming up with the Metropole Orkest. They just shared the second single, entitled “Fanm.” On this track, Michael League stays busy with acoustic guitar, bass, daf, oud, and vocals – contributing to the song’s rich tapestry. looks to be another stellar release by the group. We’re...

Alina Engibaryan with Michael League: The New You (Live at The Jazz Standard)
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Alina Engibaryan with Michael League: The New You (Live at The Jazz Standard)

Back in June, Alina Engibaryan performed at the Jazz Standard in New York. The pianist/vocalist had quite a backing band too, including Michael League, who played bass and Moog and offered up some background vocals. This is their performance of “The New You” from Alina’s album .

Marcus Miller and Michael League: How to Develop a Groove
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Marcus Miller and Michael League: How to Develop a Groove

Here’s a great clip from North Sea Jazz a few days ago with Marcus Miller and Michael League. The focus of this video is in response to the host’s question, “how do you develop a groove?” Michael immediately pushed the question over to Marcus, who decided it was better to show than tell. Then the two got into a great...

Bokanté: Zyé Ouvè, Zyé Fèmé
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Bokanté: Zyé Ouvè, Zyé Fèmé

Bokanté has a new video out in support of their album, Strange Circles. This tune was written by Michael League and vocalist Malika Tirolien and features League on baritone guitar, ukulele bass, and vocals.

Forq: Stannic
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Forq: Stannic

Forq is back with another terrific video with music from their 2017 album, Thr?q. “Stannic” was written by keyboardist Henry Hey, and features Michael League on bass.

Roosevelt Collier with Michael League: Happy Feet
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Roosevelt Collier with Michael League: Happy Feet

Roosevelt Collier just released another video in support of his new album, Exit 16. Once again, he’s joined by Michael League on bass. The album was released on March 9th. .

Former Spinal Tap Bassist Derek Smalls Solo Album Now Available
New Albums

Former Spinal Tap Bassist Derek Smalls Solo Album Now Available

Finally, the wait is over. Spinal Tap bassist Derek Smalls has released his debut solo album, entitled Smalls Change (Meditations Upon Ageing). The bassist, portrayed by Harry Shearer, tapped an incredible roster of musicians for the album including Peter Frampton, Donald Fagen, Dweezil Zappa, Rick Wakeman, Richard Thompson, Steve Lukather, Joe Satriani, Waddy Wachtel, Jeff “Skunk” Baxter, Paul Shaffer, Steve...

Bokanté: Limyè
Bass Videos

Bokanté: Limyè

Bokanté has released another video featuring music from their recent album, Strange Circles. This tune was written by Michael League and Malika Tirolien, and League plays both bass and baritone electric guitar on the track. We’re digging this band!