Mark Lettieri: Snarky Guitars

Jan 24, 2020 | jazz

For the first interview in a series on the Snarky Puppy guitar triumvirate, we spoke to Mark Lettieri. Unlike most of the original core members of the band, Lettieri did not come out of the jazz program at the University of North Texas. Oddly enough, he was a marketing and advertising major at nearby Texas Christian University who got hooked into the burgeoning Dallas/Fort Worth gospel and R&B scene by playing on the side while pursuing his studies. Shortly after joining SP, he was the first of the Pups to launch a solo career and is currently one of the most prolific in that regard with five albums under his name. In addition to side projects and session work, he gives guitar clinics around the world and still pops up in Erykah Badu‘s band from time to time. All About Jazz spoke to Lettieri shortly after his fifth album, Things Of That Nature (GroundUp, 2019), was released.