11 a.m., Oct. 17
Karl Denson Trio
Sound description: Boogaloo funk 'n' soul.
RIYL: Karl Denson's Tiny Universe, Leftover Salmon, String Cheese Incident, Greyboy All Stars, Frank Zappa and the Mothers of Invention
Influences: Wynton Marsalis. Frank Zappa, DJ Greyboy, Ozomatli, B-Side Players
Saxophonist Karl Denson bridges fusion jazz and R&B soul with progressive freak rock like the music of Frank Zappa. He played sax with Lenny Kravitz's band, and he and DJ Greyboy came to local prominence with the Greyboy All Stars. His band Karl Denson's Tiny Universe sometimes performs and records as a sextet and sometimes as a trio. His manager Jody White is the son of singer/songwriter Tony Joe White.
The Karl Denson Trio's album Lunar Orbit was released in September 2007 on his own Bobby Ace record label. In 2008, the record won Best Jazz Album at the San Diego Music Awards.
- Lunar Orbit