Karl Denson's Tiny Universe


Fresh off The Rolling Stones Zip Code Tour, which played 15 stadiums across the United States this summer, Karl Denson’s Fantastic Fall Tour is coming to a town near you. In anticipation of his upcoming release in early 2016, Karl and his band The Tiny Universe, embark on a Nationwide run that will give new and old fans the chance to experience what is highly regarded as one of the best live bands on the planet.  Richmond guitarist DJ Williams, Soulive drummer Alan Evans, Greyboy Allstars bassist Chris Stillwell, Crush Effects David Veith on the keys, and Seattle’s Chris Littlefield on the trumpet along with a rotating cast of special guests including Chuck Leavell from The Rolling Stones & The Allman Brothers, guitar wiz Robert Randolph, Beto Martinez of Brownout and Sacred Steel phenom Roosevelt Collier.


Karl Denson’s most recent recorded work can be heard on the Tiny Universe LP, New Ammo. The collection showcases the grittier side of the band’s musical oeuvre, including stand outs like "My Baby" featuring singer Nicki Bluhm, ”Everybody Knows That" and his raucous rendition of The White Stripes "Seven Nation Army." The album has received wide acclaim: All Music declared the effort, "easily their most musically adventurist album yet,” while DownBeat praised it as "music for both the party and for fans of instrumental prowess.”


Approaching two decades strong, Karl Denson's Tiny Universe is a prolific touring juggernaut that regularly performs over 150 shows annually. They’re currently working on material for a new studio album to be released later this year. Denson himself is an acclaimed and highly in-demand saxophonist and songwriter who first came to national attention as a member of Lenny Kravitz's Let Love Rule-era group and is currently a member of The Rolling Stones touring band. 


  • Latest album, New Ammo released Spring 2014
  • Has sold over 250,000 records
  • Has headlined and performed at most major festivals globally including the Fuji Rock Festival in Japan, North Sea Jazz festival in Holland, Moscow Jazz Festival in Russia, East Coast Blues and Roots Festival in Australia and the Montreux Jazz festival in Switzerland.  
  • US Festivals include the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival, Playboy Jazz Festival, Monterey Jazz Festival, Newport jazz Festival, Saratoga Jazz Festival, Bumpershoot and Bonnaroo.
  • Has toured the world with his bands The Greyboy Allstars and The Tiny Universe as well as performed as a member of Lenny Kravitz and Fred Wesley’s touring bands.  Karl has also performed as a special guest with the Dave Matthews Band, The Allman Brothers, Roy Hargrove, Maceo Parker and others.
  • Karl Denson’s Tiny Universe has shared the stage with acts as diverse as Jack Johnson, D’Angelo, James Brown, Dave Matthews band, The Allman Brothers, Keene and Maroon 5. 
  • Released three critically acclaimed albums with the Tiny Universe which featured special guests Michael Franti, The Greyboy Allstars, Roy Hargrove, Fred Wesley, Saul Williams, Lonnie Smith, Meshell N’degeochello and The Dap Kings.
  • Released four critically acclaimed Jazz albums the last of which featured Jack Dejohnette and Dave Holland backing Karl up in a trio setting that received top reviews.