Preview: The Pups' seven-date UK tour

US jazz-funk collective Snarky Puppy are set to perform a series of seven 'greatest hits' UK dates following the release of their major-label debut, Sylva

Grammy-winning instrumental jazz-funk band Snarky Puppy (pictured right) arrive in the UK in October for a seven-date tour (there's also a 29 September gig at Dublin's Vicar Street). The tour begins in Leeds, 1 October, and includes their biggest UK show to date, in London at the 5000-capacity Eventim Apollo Hammersmith, 6 October.

Snarky Puppy won the Grammy for Best R&B Performance in 2014 for their track Something featuring Lalah Hathaway. The band, led by Michael League, started life in Texas and is now based in New York. It's an ensemble that thrives in a live context, having played over 1,200 shows to date. The band's previous UK performances include an appearance at the 2014 Norfolk and Norwich Festival and a sell-out concert at the Roundhouse during last year’s EFG London Jazz Festival.

The band's major label debut - Sylva, recorded with Holland's Metropole Orkest - was released earlier this year to widespread critical and public acclaim (including a 4-star review in the forthcoming October issue of Jazz Journal). The UK concerts will feature a greatest hits set and will also showcase new material from the next Snarky Puppy album, Empire Central, set for release in 2016.

Tour dates are as follows:

Tuesday 29 September - Vicar Street Dublin
Thursday 1 October - Leeds O2 Academy
Friday 2 October - Manchester The Ritz
Saturday 3 October - Glasgow ABC
Sunday 4 October - Birmingham The Institute
Monday 5 October - Bristol O2 Academy
Tuesday 6 October - London Eventim Apollo Hammersmith
Wednesday 7 October - Brighton Concorde 2

Further information and links to buy tickets on line can be found at the Snarky Puppy website.

Bruce Lindsay

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