Karl Densonâs Tiny Universe w/ The Soul Rebels

Karl Denson’s Tiny Universe

Karl Denson has led a storied career as a multifaceted recording and performing artist who first came to prominence as a member of Lenny Kravitz' band debuting on his first release, Let Love Rule, and staying on for the next five years. While developing a following overseas, he joined Fred Wesley's band, touring and recording with him on multiple releases. This led to five straight ahead jazz albums by Denson on Minor Music, the last of which was released to rave reviews and featured Karl in a trio setting with Miles Davis alumni Dave Holland and Jack DeJohnette. In 1993, Denson joined DJ Greyboy in creating Greyboy Records and released the legendary acid jazz staple, Freestylin. Out of that collaboration, Denson formed The Greyboy Allstars, which became world renowned as the ultimate groove band, spreading their "West Coast Boogaloo" style worldwide.

Denson took this formula to the next level by putting more emphasis on vocals and adding some funk, R&B and hip hop elements. It turned out to be a winning combination, which set KDTU on the top of the heap in the touring world from 1999 through 2005, selling over 250,000 records to date. "My style is based in dance" shares Denson. " I love the idea of creating something that naturally makes people want to move." KDTU has headlined and performed at US Festival including Bonnaroo, Bumbershoot, The New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival, All Good Music Festival, Wakarusa Music Festival, Playboy Jazz Festival, Monterey Jazz Festival, Newport Jazz Festival and many more. Global festival appearances include 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. Karl Denson's Tiny Universe has shared the stage with acts as diverse as Jack Johnson, D'Angelo, James Brown, Dave Matthews Band, Michael Franti & Spearhead, The Allman Brothers, Keene and Maroon 5.

Denson's latest release, Brother's Keeper, continues his artistic evolution fusing sounds from Rock to Funk to Afrobeat. Meshell Ndegeocello (bass) and Marc Ford (guitar, Black Crowes, Ben Harper) are just some of the special guests on the album. Denson notes, "I'm not one to live in the past. I am very much a forward thinker. Brother's Keeper is a continuation of my general worldview, which is that we should be loving each other, having fun and taking care of one another." He concludes, "This record is the culmination of all my life's work up until now."

The Soul Rebels

Imagine blending the sounds of Mardi Gras funk, soft rock, and reggae so seemingly it defies category. Now shrink that idea into a seven-piece ensemble, add a hip hop sensibility plus a hundred years of New Orleans jazz tradition, and you get the Louisiana sound known as the Soul Rebels. This shrewd crew of college trained multi-instrumentalists are forcing listeners to "Let Your Mind Be Free" as they "Work It Out" on the dance floor. Their music is utterly uplifting and hardcore, leaving fans with a myriad of intrinsic sounds and songs to enjoy.

The Soul Rebels were destined for success. After parading around the streets of New Orleans in the tradition of the second line and jazz funerals, the Soul Rebels began their professional debut with the famed Neville Brothers in New Orleans at the hot spot Tipitina's! The Soul Rebels rocked so hard and so strong, they continued opening for the Neville Brothers and beyond. The bands hard funk groove has landed them gigs as an opening act for: Bootsy Collins, A Tribe Called Quest, Better than Ezra, Counting Crows, Green Day, Olympia Brass Band, Dirty Dozen Brass Band, Roy Hargrove, James Brown, Allen Toussaint, Lionel Hampton, Terence Blanchard, Branford Marsalis, The Fugees, Digital Underground, The Roots, Brand New Heavies, The Gap Band, Robert Plant & Jimmy Page and many more.

The Soul Rebels have traveled the US and abroad, bringing their live and uncut rhythms as far as England, Greece, Italy, South Africa and France. The band has performed at many prestigious music festivals across the world such as the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival, North Sea Jazz Fest, Jazz Ascona, Spain Jazz Fest, New Orleans by the Bay with Bill Grand Management, Ray Charles Jazz Festival in Atlanta, Banlieues Bleues, High Sierra Music Fest, Charleston Music and Heritage Fest, River Roots Fest in Iowa, P-Fest in Pensacola, Voodoo Fest, Bonnaroo, JVC Jazz Fest, Chicago Jazz and Blues Fest, Lafayette Crawfish Festival, Umbria Jazz Fest, and Art of Jazz Festival in Toronto, to name a few.

The band’s mission is to nurture and perpetuate the art form of New Orleans Jazz. So, bring a taste of New Orleans to your festival, club, or party today with a visit from the Soul Rebels Brass Band.

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Friday, September 20 · Doors 8:00 PM / Show 9:00 PM at The Blockley