Music, City Picks

Karl Denson’s Tiny Universe

When: Thu., July 22 2010

Virtuosic tenor saxophonist, woodwind player, bandleader, and singer Karl Denson can’t be bothered with categorization. Driven by a love for deep funk, old-school soul, instrumental jazz, and the fun overlaps between them all, the San Diego-based musician handles a healthy mix of styles on disc and on the stage. In the ’80s, Denson dabbled mostly in various forms of jazz before landing a touring gig with Lenny Kravitz. In 1993, he collaborated with DJ Greyboy and formed Greyboy Allstars. By the late-’90s, the band had developed a cool blend of boogaloo, funk, and modern jazz styles. Denson eventually formed his own progressive group, Tiny Universe. Their latest disc, Brother’s Keeper, came out on the Shanachie imprint last fall. The soul-filled grooves stick with James Brown-style rhythms. Peppered with brass, woodwinds, syncopated percussion, and fuzzy organ sounds, it’s deeply funky stuff. Denson and the band hit the ’Jammer stage at 9 p.m. He performs a pre-show in-store set at Half Moon Outfitters at 3 p.m. (presented by The Bridge at 105.5). —T. Ballard Lesemann

Price: $20, $15 (adv.)

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