Karl Denson's Tiny Universe


For nearly three decades, legendary saxophonist Karl Denson has been getting crowds around the world out on the dance floor.  Approaching iconic status, Denson has moved bodies and minds dating back to his earliest years with Lenny Kravitz's band through his ongoing tenure as a founding member of seminal boogaloo revivalists The Greyboy Allstars and his current roll as a member of San Diego dub rockers Slightly Stoopid.  Nowhere, however, is this more apparent than with his band, Karl Denson's Tiny Universe.  Touring relentlessly for the past 15 years and leaving a massive audience in his wake, fans know that when KDTU is in town a dance party will ensue.


Karl and his band are back on the road for a multi-city tour in support of their latest studio album, New Ammo, an infectious 13-track collection, and Denson’s debut release on Slightly Stoopid's record label, Stoopid Records. Alongside Denson originals like the title track and "Everybody Knows That," which have become fan favorites from his live sets, KDTU offers up searing versions of "Seven Nation Army" by The White Stripes, "Hang Me Up To Dry" by Cold War Kids and "Sure Shot" by The Beastie Boys. The first single "My Baby," features Nicki Bluhm on vocals. 


In Denson's own words: "We’ve finally figured out how to capture in the studio what the Tiny Universe does live. We move around a lot musically, but this record reflects who we are as a band and where we’re headed with our music."


  • 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.