Karl Denson

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Karl Denson
Karl Denson 2012.jpg
Denson performing with The Greyboy Allstars at the Hangout Music Festival in 2012
Background information
Born (1956-12-27) December 27, 1956 (age 59)
Origin San Diego, California
Genres Jazz, Funk, Jam band
Occupation(s) Musician
Instruments Saxophone, Flute, Vocalist
Associated acts Karl Denson's Tiny Universe
Karl Denson Trio
The Greyboy Allstars
Lenny Kravitz
The Rolling Stones

Karl Denson (born December 27, 1956) is an American funk and jazz saxophonist, flutist and vocalist from Santa Ana, California. He was a member of Lenny Kravitz's band[1] and has co-founded and led The Greyboy Allstars. Denson has recorded with artists including Jack DeJohnette, Dave Holland, Slightly Stoopid, Blind Boys of Alabama, Blackalicious, Stanton Moore, and Jon Foreman of the rock band Switchfoot. He continues to lead his own Karl Denson's Tiny Universe (KDTU)[2] and Karl Denson Trio (KD3), while touring with the Rolling Stones Australia and New Zealand at the end of 2014.[3] Karl Denson's Tiny Universe had performed at every single JamCruise as of 2014.

Members of KDTU include Denson (saxophone, flute), Chris Stillwell (bass), Chris Littlefield (trumpet), D.J. Williams (guitar), David Veith (keyboards) and Alan Evans (drums).

KD3 comprises Denson with keyboardist Anthony Smith (Global Funk, Giant People) and drummer Brett Sanders (brother of John Staten).

Selected discography[edit]

  • Let Love Rule (album) (Lenny Kravitz) - (1989)
  • Mama Said (Lenny Kravitz) - (1991)
  • Blackened Red Snapper (solo album) - (1992)
  • West Coast Boogaloo (The Greyboy Allstars) - (1995)
  • Chunky Pecan Pie (Solo Album) - (1995)
  • Herbal Turkey Breast - (1996)
  • A Town Called Earth (The Greyboy Allstars) - (1997)
  • The D Stands for Diesel - (1997)
  • Live (The Greyboy Allstars) - (1999)
  • The Bridge (Karl Denson's Tiny Universe) - (2002)
  • Dance Lesson #2 - (2002)
  • Flyin' the Koop (Stanton Moore) - (2002)
  • About Time (album by Steve Winwood) : Different Light (song), etc. - (2005)
  • Once You're There (EP) (Karl Denson's Tiny Universe) - (2006)
  • What Happened to Television? (The Greyboy Allstars) - (2007)[4]
  • Lunar Orbit (Karl Denson Trio) - (September 2007)
  • Brother's Keeper (Karl Denson's Tiny Universe) - (2009)
  • Top of the World (Slightly Stoopid) - (2012)
  • New Ammo - (2014)


  1. ^ Wickstrom, Ann (2004-02-05). "Karl Denson". Allmusic. Retrieved 2010-06-28. 
  2. ^ Karl Denson's Tiny Universe official website.
  3. ^ ABC news Australia
  4. ^ Leskovic, Matt (2007-09-29). "What Happened to Television?". All About Jazz. Retrieved 2010-06-28. 


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