The Greyboy Allstars

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The Greyboy Allstars
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The Greyboy Allstars 2018 San Diego
Background information
OriginSan Diego, California, U.S.
GenresSoul Jazz, Acid Jazz
Years active1993–present
LabelsKnowledge Room Recordings
MembersKarl Denson
Robert Walter
Chris Stillwell
Elgin Park
Aaron Redfield
Past membersZak Najor
Alan Evans
DJ Greyboy

The Greyboy Allstars are an acclaimed soul jazz band from San Diego, California, whose current members include Karl Denson, Robert Walter, Elgin Park, Chris Stillwell and Aaron Redfield.

Initially formed in 1993 as the backing band for rare groove luminary DJ Greyboy. DJ Greyboy and saxophonist Karl Denson (who was touring with Lenny Kravitz at the time) collaborated on two tracks for Ubiquity Records' Home Cookin' compilation, and then worked on Greyboy's 1994 solo album for Ubiquity, Freestylin'. [1]After forming their own label, Greyboy Records, the duo gradually amassed members for a house band".

The founding members included Denson, guitarist Mike Andrews (under the pseudonym Elgin Park)[2], keyboardist Robert Walter, bassist Chris Stillwell, and drummer Zak Najor.[2][2] The Greyboy Allstars started playing weekly at San Diego’s now defunct Green Circle, weekends at San Francisco’s Elbo Room and various clubs throughout Europe.

Their first album, West Coast Boogaloo, was released in 1995, and featured Fred Wesley. [2] Two years later, Live and Town Called Earth were released. In 1998, the band scored Jake Kasdan's movie Zero Effect, under the direction of Mike Andrews. In 2007, the band released their third album, What Happened to Television?; [3] it was followed by Inland Emperor in 2013.[2] DJ Greyboy was not involved in the latter.[4]

In June of 2017, the band published several photos from recording sessions for their latest record and announced that a new album was coming.[5] Title or release date has not yet been announced. On December 17, the band released a track called "Rudolph’s Lament", described as "one of our favorite tunes from the outtakes bin...a spacey Waltz that found itself as an outlier on our upcoming release."[6]. 2018 saw the band return to soundtrack work with Mike Andrews for the Jennifer Lopez film Second Act.






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  2. ^ a b c d e Bush, John. "Greyboy Allstars". AllMusic. Retrieved December 28, 2018.
  3. ^ Horowitz, Hal. "Greyboy Allstars: What Happened to Television?". AllMusic. Retrieved December 28, 2018.
  4. ^ Milburn, Robert (June 2013). "Inland Emperor: The Greyboy Allstars (Knowledge Room Recordings)". The New York City Jazz Record. No. 134. p. 30.
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