Saxophone extraordinaire, Karl Denson is set to tour with the Rolling Stones for nine concerts this month and next in Australia and New Zealand on their 14 On Fire tour.
Densen had six shows planned with his funk-jazz band Karl Denson’s Tiny Universe but quickly cancelled the shows when he was asked to perform with the Rolling Stones. Karl Denson’s Tiny Universe has become a major hit in major festival and club attractions. He is also the co-founder and leader of the jazz band, The Greyboy Allstars – the band began in 1993 and they merged Latin music and jazz. The San Diego band became an international sensation.
Touring with the Rolling Stones will involve huge amphitheater performances but Denson is far from shy with huge crowds. The saxophonist has toured with his jam band Slightly Stoopid and has also worked with Lenny Kravitz, the Allman Brothers Band, Steve Winwood and guitarist John Scofield, bassist Dave Holland and drummer Jack DeJohnette. Kravitz is the one that mentioned Denson to the Stones when they were on the look out for a saxophonist. The band approved Denson’s work and Kravitz relayed the message of the once in a lifetime opportunity to Denson.
Denson will be included in the Stoner’s sax section that includes Bobby Keys and Tim Ries, who have been touring with the Stones since 1990s. He flies out Friday to begin rehearsal with the Stones. Denson’s first date with the band will be Oct. 25 in Adelaide, Australia.
Update: Bobby Keys will not be joining the Australia and New Zealand tour due to illness.