Snaggle – Nominee in the 16th Independent Music Awards!

We’re extremely humbled and honoured to announce that we are a nominee in this year’s The Independent Music Awards in the Funk/Fusion/Jam category for our latest release THE LONG SLOG! An enormous heartfelt thank you to everyone who worked on the record and those who’ve been a part of the band’s continued journey!
See the whole list of nominees
In other news our bandleader and Browntasauras comrades in the Nick Maclean Quartet – a HARD SWINGING Herbie Hancock-influenced modern jazz group – are about to head out on a CD Release tour to Kingston (Thr-Feb-15), Montreal (Fri-Feb-16), Ottawa (Sat-Feb-17), and Cobourg (Sun-Feb-18) to celebrate the release of their hot new disk RITES OF ASCENSION! If that sounds like something you’re into make sure to check out the full details here!
“The music of Snaggle, a fruitful sextet based in Toronto, translates into mature compositions and stupendous executions. The members of the band, virtuosos in their respective instruments, resort to a laudable sense of unity and superior taste to creatively orchestrate the nine pieces of The Long Slog, their sophomore feature album… In a certain moment they’re confronting Miles Davis with Medeski Martin & Wood; in the other, you may find the Red Hot Chili Peppers colliding with Incognito or Mahavishnu Orchestra.”
– Filipe Freitas – Jazz Trail (New York, USA)
Nick Maclean – rhodes/organ/synthesizer
Doug Moore – bass
Tom Grosset – drums
Michael Murray – guitar
Max Forster – trumpet
Graeme Wallace – tenor sax
Special guest: Brownman Ali – trumpet
Produced by Brownman Ali
Recorded by Brian Legere
Mixed by Josh Bowman
Mastered by Joao Carvalho
Artwork by Nick Ragetli
Released on Browntasauras Records

Fri-Nov-10 – SNAGGLE’S Tribute to Snarky Puppy feat. Brownman Ali with special guest DJ General Eclectic


Fri-Nov-10 – SNAGGLE’S Tribute to Snarky Puppy feat. Brownman Ali with special guest DJ General Eclectic
Junction City Music Hall |
2907 Dundas St W, Toronto, On,
Doors @ 8:00pm | Show @ 9:00pm
$15 door, $10 advance list (email

:: Nick Maclean – keys |
:: Brownman Ali – trumpet |
:: Graeme Wallace – tenor sax
:: Anoop Isac – guitar
:: Ethan Tilbury – bass
:: Geoffrey Bruce – drums
+ DJ General Eclectic (Jason Sanders) spinning his hand-picked unique sets whenever the band’s not on stage!

SNAGGLE — Toronto’s unique award-winning 6-man electric-jazz powerhouse — has, in recent years, often been referred to by media as “Canada’s answer to Snarky Puppy”. Fully embracing the comparison, SNAGGLE will pay tribute to SNARKY PUPPYs multi-Grammy winning impact on the international electric-jazz scene on Fri-Nov-10, 9pm ($15 door, $10 adv list) at Toronto’s Junction Music Hall (2907 Dundas St. W.) taking listeners on a journey though SNARKY PUPPY’s most beloved tunes. Expect to hear SNAGGLE interpretations of an assortment of compositions from albums such as ‘Bring us the Bright’, ‘The World is Getting Smaller’, ‘Tell Your Friends’, ‘Ground Up’, and ‘We Like it Here’ showcasing an exciting cross-section of Snarky’s ground breaking and influential grassroots electric-jazz visions. All arrangements were painstakingly hand orchestrated by SNAGGLE bandleader Nick Maclean, a 25-year old rising star in the Toronto jazz piano community. This performance will additionally feature acclaimed Toronto/Brooklyn jazz iconoclast & Browntasauras label exec Brownman Ali, heralded as “Canada’s preeminent jazz trumpet player” by the NYC Village Voice, as well as award-winning DJ General Eclectic (Jason Sanders) spinning his hand-picked, always perfectly chosen tracks whenever the band’s not on stage — making this a night of funkified electric-jazz audiences will not want to miss!

Some tunes we’re playing:
– Lingus
– Thing of Gold
– Binky
– Sleeper
– Tio Macaco
– Quarter Master
– What About Me?
– Skate U
– The Good Man Delivered
– Native Sons
– Intelligent Design
– The World is Getting Smaller
– 34 Klezma

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Based in Toronto, SNAGGLE, ­­ under the leadership of in-­demand 25 year old jazz pianist 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 fearless and muscular yet introspective sound likened to a cross between electric­-era Miles Davis and Rage Against the Machine. Taking elements from a wide variety of musical sources including jazz, funk, rock, and metal, SNAGGLE contextualizes them within the improvisational and spontaneous elements of the jazz ideology. Their 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 festival circuit, and has been performing regularly in and around the Toronto area since 2013. Most recently the band was honoured to be the recipient of a Gold-standard Global Music Award for their recent album “THE LONG SLOG”. Both “THE LONG SLOG” and their recent Christmas single “CHRISTMAS TUNE” have been seeing much international critical acclaim since their release (both releases on Browntasauras Records).

Trinidadian-born, NYC-schooled & heralded as “Canada’s preeminent Jazz trumpeter” by NYC’s Village Voice, multi-award winning trumpet player Brownman Ali stands at the forefront of innovation in the Canadian jazz community. A protégé to his teacher, Grammy-winning trumpet legend, Randy Brecker, he tirelessly leads 7 unique ensembles of his own including the internationally acclaimed, Miles Davis influenced, BROWNMAN ELECTRYC TRIO. In 2009 he launched his own record label: Browntasauras Records, which saw the Electryc Trio’s two now celebrated recordings garner substantial accolades and press. The label is now a home to all his ensembles as well as the newly signed SNAGGLE. Now, using the label as a breeding ground for new and visionary talent in the modern jazz realm, Browntasauras and Brownman himself are widely regarded as vanguards for the evolution of Jazz in Canada.

Known widely as a phenonemal DJ in the Toronto community, General Eclectic’s sets on the decks prove that he lives up to his name — a truly eclectic selector. On paper some of the cuts he chooses might not seem to work together, but he creates a context in which they do, and manages to tell a story through his choices. He manages to thread together rare descarga grooves, classic ska tunes, revered Fela Kuti Afrobeat numbers and rare James Brown jams … even the odd Nina Simone song. Put another way: The man knows how to rock a party on so many levels, it’s astounding.


Toronto Independent Music Awards Nomination!


Exciting news! We just found out we’ve been nominated for the ‘Best Jazz Instrumental’ category for our most recent release THE LONG SLOG in the Toronto Independent Music Awards!

Huge congrats to our fellow nominees – our good friends the Brad Cheeseman Group, and label mates Chelsea McBride’s Socialist Night School and the Brownman Electryc Trio
Browntasauras is cleaning up folks!


Make sure to catch us on Sat-Sep-23 at Duffy’s Tavern with our good friends Jabberwock!


Show Review and Interview with Bandleader Nick Maclean

Adrian Matte Quartet plays AlphaSoul Cafe

Alayne McGregor at wrote a fantastic review about our recent Ottawa performance! Make sure to read it here. Also a huge thanks to Brett Delmage for taking some truely stunning photos of the event!


You can also read the article Alayne wrote earlier that week after interviewing our bandleader Nick Maclean. Nick talks about us, his synth rig, his other group the Nick Maclean Quartet, Browntasauras Records, and a whole host of other things!

August Dates


We’re getting excited for a bunch of out of town dates coming up later in August! Check it out and see if we’re playing near you!
Snaggle feat. Brownman Ali with special guest group ‘Relatively Minor’
506 Princess St, Kingston, ON
Doors at 8:30pm
$15 at the door
$10 adv list (email
Snaggle feat. Brownman Ali
5175A Park Ave, Montreal, QC
Doors at 8:30pm
$15 at the door
$10 adv list (email
Snaggle feat. Brownman Ali
135 Besserer St, Ottawa, ON
Doors at 7:30pm
$15 at the door
$10 adv list (email
Snaggle feat. Brownman Ali
876 Dundas St W, Toronto, ON
Doors at 8:30pm
$15 at the door
$10 adv list (email

Browntasauras Presents: Electryc Trio/Snaggle/Modus Factor


Fri-May-05, 9:00pm
May Cafe , 876 Dundas St W, Toronto
$15 at-the-door Cover
$10 Advanced List (email to get on the Adv List)

Widely regarded as a vanguard for the evolution of Jazz in Canada, Toronto’s own BROWNTASAURAS RECORDS presents three of its most dynamic and explosive electric-jazz ensembles: BROWNMAN ELECTRYC TRIO, SNAGGLE & MODUS FACTOR for an evening of intensely funkified music. The label, formed in 2009 by acclaimed jazz trumpet player BROWNMAN ALI, was initially created as a home for the 8 group he leads. In 2015 he opened the doors to other groups he performs with being signed in an attempt to help catalyze the creation of new jazz art. Now the label is home to a myriad of envelope pushing band-leaders, all of whom feature Brownman in their ensembles.

From the improvisational bedlam of Modus Factor, to the highly diverse compositional odysseys of Snaggle, to the visceral power of the Brownman Electryc Trio, the Browntasauras Presents: will give each ensemble the opportunity to showcase their own unique sounds. Then — as the night progresses — audiences will start to see Browntasauras musicians all guesting in other ensembles. Expect to see the Modus bass player with the Brownman Electryc Trio, the Snaggle keyboardist sitting in with Modus, and the Electryc Trio drummer playing with Snaggle, making this a UNIQUE offering of exploratory, cross-pollinated electric-jazz, the likes of which Toronto has never seen before. A must see!