Based in Toronto, SNAGGLE, under the leadership of in-demand 27 year old jazz keyboardist NICK MACLEAN, is a 6-piece electric-jazz-funk ensemble often described by media as “Canada’s answer to Snarky Puppy”. Sporting an all-original repertoire, the group has a fearlessly muscular yet introspective sound likened to a cross between ‘electric-era Miles Davis’ and ‘Rage Against The Machine’. This newest addition to the Browntasauras Records artist roster takes elements from a wide variety of musical sources including jazz, funk, rock, metal & classical and contextualizes them within the improvisational and spontaneous elements of the jazz tradition. SNAGGLE’s uniquely brash and infectious brand of jazz-funk is a melodically driven sound which incorporates primal groove qualities more commonly associated with pop and rock, swinging their live show from quietly contemplative all the way to explosively fierce – sometimes all within the same tune.
The line-up of players in SNAGGLE includes some of the hottest twenty-somethings on the Toronto scene, representing the next generation of irreverent, boundary-pushing Canadian players standing side-by-side internationally acclaimed veteran trumpet iconoclast BROWNMAN ALI. SNAGGLE has been in high demand in the Canadian jazz circuit, and has been performing regularly in and around the Toronto area since 2012.
In 2013 the band independently released it’s debut, self-titled album featuring compositions by band leader Nick Maclean and bassist Doug Moore. In 2015 the band released an EP project entitled ‘Unexpected Guests’ which was produced in collaboration with three Toronto vocalists: Denielle Bassels, Will Bowes and Mara Nesrallah. After joining the Browntasaurus Records artist roster in June of 2015, SNAGGLE’s second full-length studio album ‘The Long Slog’ (produced by Brownman Ali) was released in October of 2016 and would soar to the top of college radio charts in Canada and enjoy much international acclaim. A month later, in November of 2016, ‘The Long Slog’ would also win them 3 Gold Medals at the Global Music Awards in the ‘Album’, ‘Band’, and ‘Originality’ categories. In December of 2016 the group released a Holiday Single entitled ‘Christmas Tune’, also on Browntasauras Records, which was featured on CBC Radio. In the fall of 2017 the group received a Toronto Independent Music Award for ‘Best Jazz Instrumental’ and was nominated for an International Independent Music Award in the Jazz/Jam/Funk category.
As well as being a riveting live band, SNAGGLE is deeply committed to their educational outreaches to the community. This has taken the form of jazz improvisation workshops that the group has been bringing to high school music programs across Ontario since 2013.