Anyone who knows jazz/funk music has undoubtedly heard the name Karl Denson. A former member of Lenny Kravitz’s backing band, Denson has found success leading The Greyboy Allstars, and his own band, Karl Denson’s Tiny Universe.
Interestingly enough, it was Kravitz who recommended Denson’s name to The Rolling Stones. When the Stones heard his chops, they invited Denson to play saxophone on their upcoming tour of Australia and New Zealand. Denson was planning a small West Coast run, including some Phish after-parties in Santa Barbara, but all of those shows have been cancelled.
Speaking on the opportunity, Denson said, “This is way beyond my wildest dreams, for sure! I wouldn’t have even put it on my bucket list, because I would have considered it ludicrous.”
In an interview with UT San Diego, Denson described the quick turnaround between being asked to play and him accepting the gig. Apparently Kravitz called Denson a number of times, but the calls were from a blocked number, so Denson didn’t initially answer.