Karl Denson

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Karl Denson
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Denson performing with The Greyboy Allstars at the Hangout Music Festival in 2012
Background information
Born (1956-12-27) December 27, 1956 (age 62)
OriginSan Diego, California
GenresJazz, funk, jam band
Occupation(s)Musician, singer
InstrumentsSaxophone, flute, vocals
Associated actsThe Greyboy Allstars, Lenny Kravitz, The Rolling Stones, Sexual Chocolate

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 since 2014 to date.[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), Alan Evans (drums) and Seth Freeman (guitar/lap steel)

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 (Lenny Kravitz album) - (1989)
  • Mama Said (Lenny Kravitz album) - (1991)
  • Blackened Red Snapper (solo album) - (1992)
  • Herbal Turkey Breast (solo album) - (1993)
  • Chunky Pecan Pie (solo album) - (1994)
  • West Coast Boogaloo (The Greyboy Allstars) - (1995)
  • Baby Food (solo album) - (1995)
  • A Town Called Earth (The Greyboy Allstars) - (1997)
  • The D Stands for Diesel (solo album) - (1997)
  • GBA Live (The Greyboy Allstars) - (1999)
  • Dance Lesson #2 (solo album) - (2001)
  • The Bridge (Karl Denson's Tiny Universe) - (2002)
  • Flyin' the Koop (Stanton Moore) - (2002)
  • About Time (Steve Winwood) - (2003)
  • 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) - (2007)
  • Brother's Keeper (Karl Denson's Tiny Universe) - (2009)
  • Top of the World (Slightly Stoopid) - (2012)
  • Inland Emperor (The Greyboy Allstars) - (2013)
  • New Ammo (Karl Denson's Tiny Universe) - (2014)
  • Sticky Fingers Live (The Rolling Stones) - (2015)
  • Gnomes and Badgers (Karl Denson’s Tiny Universe) - (2019)


  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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