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Bassists Galore Featured on “Tommy Igoe Groove Conspiracy” Album
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Bassists Galore Featured on “Tommy Igoe Groove Conspiracy” Album

Don’t call the Tommy Igoe Groove Conspiracy a jazz big band. Instead, the San Francisco-based 15-piece band led by Igoe is something else. “We’re a rock band in a jazz band’s body,” said Igoe, a distinguished drummer. And it’s definitely a group with plenty of low end. Dewayne Pate serves as the band’s primary bassist, but on the group’s ,...

Snarky Puppy Embarks on World Tour
Concerts & Tours

Snarky Puppy Embarks on World Tour

Snarky Puppy is hitting the road for a massive world tour that will cover North America, Asia, Australia, and Europe through the end of the year. The band, anchored by bassist Michael League, will be performing in support of their latest album, We Like it Here, which came out in February. The tour will thoroughly cover the East Coast and...

Snarky Puppy: Lingus
Bass Videos

Snarky Puppy: Lingus

“Lingus” was one of the tunes released on Snarky Puppy’s We Like It Here, an album and DVD recorded live in Kytopia Studios in Holland back in 2013. Here’s the group performing that track during this session – one that offers up some incredible, intertwined rhythms and some groovalicious bass by band leader, composer and producer Michael League.

Bass Transcription: Michael League’s “Continuum”
Transcriptions

Bass Transcription: Michael League’s “Continuum”

“Continuum” is one of the most well known songs for bass players, and I’d argue it is one of the greatest tunes on Jaco Pastorius’s self-titled debut album. After listening to this performance of Michael League three times in a row, I decided to transcribe his version.

Cory Henry and Michael League: “Yesterday” and “Looking Out For Me”
Bass Videos

Cory Henry and Michael League: “Yesterday” and “Looking Out For Me”

Soul is pouring over in this video of Snarky Puppy members Cory Henry and Michael League playing a workshop at the Escola de Música Luciano Alf in Rio De Janeiro. The duo doesn’t need a drummer to get a fat groove going on the classic Beatles song “Yesterday,” which they later morph into Kirk Franklin’s “Looking Out for Me.”

Bill Laurance Releases “Flint”, Featuring Michael League
New Albums

Bill Laurance Releases “Flint”, Featuring Michael League

Snarky Puppy lovers, a cool thing is about to happen for you — the group’s bassist, Michael League, has produced, arranged, played on, and even released the debut album of the band’s UK-based keyboardist Bill Laurance. The album, Flint, on League’s GroundUP label, is available in a CD/DVD combo set, which is not only filled with great music, but also...

Michael League, Cory Henry, and Nat Townsley: Creepin’
Bass Videos

Michael League, Cory Henry, and Nat Townsley: Creepin’

We’ve featured the trio of bassist Michael League, organist Cory Henry and drummer Nathaniel Townsley before (see their performance of “Continuum” after you watch this one). Here they are performing a cover of Stevie Wonder’s “Creepin’”. Oh yeah.

Snarky Puppy Featuring Shayna Steele: Gone Under
Bass Videos

Snarky Puppy Featuring Shayna Steele: Gone Under

Snarky Puppy’s live DVD/CD offers a musical diversity like no other. Here’s the band performing “Gone Under” with Shayna Steele. Steele wrote the tune and Snarky Puppy bandleader and bassist Michael League produced and arranged it.

Snarky Puppy Releases “We Like It Here”
New Albums

Snarky Puppy Releases “We Like It Here”

Grammy-winning instrumental fusion band Snarky Puppy, led by bassist/composer/producer Michael League is hot right now. And if you want to hear what the group sounded like pre-Grammy (Best R&B Performance for its work with Lalah Hathaway) the DVD/CD set We Like It Here might just be the place to start. Recorded live in Kytopia Studios in Utrecht, Holland from Oct....

Snarky Puppy: Live at NAMM 2014 Bass Bash
Bass Videos

Snarky Puppy: Live at NAMM 2014 Bass Bash

I was the oldest guy in the No Treble crew, and Snarky Puppy went on really late at the 2014 NAMM Bass Bash this year. So I missed their performance in favor of some much needed sleep. Thanks to the guys at Gospel Chops, we have this video of Michael League and the gang to enjoy.