Club Red: Karl Denson Toots His Horn, 7/1

Club Red: Karl Denson Toots His Horn, 7/1

Beyond the Groove is pleased to announce Karl Denson’s Tiny Universe on Friday, July 1. Karl Denson and his band return to perform at Club RED in the Telluride Conference Center, Mountain Village. Doors open at 8 p.m.; show time is 8:30 p.m. Tickets are $30-40 in advance or available locally at Wizard Framing and Entertainment, located on Telluride’s Main Street, 126 East Colorado Ave. Tickets here. All ages.

All shows at Club Red are produced by Denise Mongan of Beyond the Groove Productions, with major support by Telluride Ski & Golf, the Telluride Conference Center, Inn at Lost Creek, and the Peaks Resort and Spa. For more information, go here. 

Karl Denson

Karl Denson

Mick called Karl and Karl not too surprisingly said, “Yes.”

And now Karl Denson has one more reason to toot his own horn.

The suave songwriter-singer-sax player with the 1968 horn is a Rolling Stone.


Denson first joined The Stones in October and November 2014 for shows in Australia and New Zealand. He then rejoined the lineup for the iconic band’s 2015 Zip Code North American tour, succeeding the legendary Bobby Keys, who died in December 2014.

And now Karl Denson’s Tiny Universe is coming to Telluride to perform at Club Red at the Telluride Conference Center in Mountain Village on Friday, July 1, for another no-holds-barred show of  jazz, funk, rock, and infectious boogie. Be prepared to shake a shoe.

Today, Tiny Universe is Richmond guitarist DJ Williams; Soulive drummer Alan Evans (returning from when he last played with outfit in the late-1990s); Greyboy Allstars bassist Chris Stillwell; Crush Effects David Veith on the keys; and Seattle’s Chris Littlefield.

Denson’s 2014 release, New Ammo, showcases the grittier side of the band’s oeuvre, including stand-outs like “My Baby” featuring singer Nicki Bluhm (a recent guest with the Dusters at Telluride Bluegrass); ”Everybody Knows That”; and a raucous rendition of The White Stripes’ “Seven Nation Army.”

All Music declared the effort, “easily their most musically adventurist (sic) album yet.”

DownBeat praised New Ammo as “music for both the party and for fans of instrumental prowess.”

And Denson has just recorded another album in response to the raucous applause.

Mention the name Karl Denson and people audibly exhale their admiration.

For nearly three decades, Denson has been the go-to saxophone player for icons from Lennie Kravitz to Steve Winwood.

According to the San Diego Trib:

“If a band needs a sexy sax hook, a jazz flute solo or even some soulful vocals, Denson’s the man to call. His own bands—jazz-funk jammers The Greyboy Allstars and the more soul-heavy Tiny Universe—are practically legendary at this point, selling out local clubs or being flown out to festivals all over the world (not to mention playing A-list openings like the J. Craig Venter Institute, where Al Gore was the honored guest).”

Denson’s Tiny Universe regularly performs over 150 shows annually.

Aren’t we lucky one of their stops on the road is Telluride.


Click the “play” button to listen to Karl Denson’s podcast:

More about Karl Denson and Tiny Universe

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Denson is an acclaimed and highly in-demand saxophonist, songwriter, and singer who first came to national attention in that late-1980s as a member of Lenny Kravitz’s Let Love Rule-era group, He is currently a member of The Rolling Stones touring band.

Denson recently described himself (to the San Diego Trib) as “…. a cross between James Bond and Mad Men. I love a good suit. My clothes might be shiny, but my horn is not.”

Approaching two decades strong, Karl Denson’s Tiny Universe is currently working on material for a new studio album to be released later this year.

KDTU has had several incarnations, but out of the gate the band was influenced by James Brown, Maceo Parker and Parliament-Funkadelic. KDTU first became a really big hit at the 2000 Newport Jazz Festival, but their jam band fan base grew rapidly.

Today KDTU is a prolific touring juggernaut.

About Beyond the Groove

Beyond the Groove is Denise Mongan’s music production company with the goal of bringing quality live music to Telluride, Colorado, primarily at the new Club Red at Telluride Conference Center. Past produced shows include Blitzen Trapper, Deer Tick, Matisyahu, Cash’d Out, Justin Townes Earle, Dirty Dozen brass Band, The Motet,  Elephant Revival, Lucero, New Mastersounds, Tanya Tucker,  Jenny Lewis, Dawes, Jackie Greene. Upcoming shows include The Record Compnay, Ben Nichols.

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