Up Close with Karl Denson and his Tiny Universe


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Fresh off The Rolling Stones Zip Code Tour, which played 15 stadiums across the United States this summer, Karl Denson and his band The Tiny Universe are hitting the JacksonHoleLive stage on Wednesday for the final concert of its 2015 series.

Karl Denson is a funk and jazz saxophonist, flutest and vocalist from Santa Ana, California. His most recent recorded work can be heard on the Tiny Universe LP New Ammo. The collection showcases the grittier side of the band’s musical oeuvre, including stand outs like “My Baby” featuring singer Nicki Bluhm, ”Everybody Knows That” and his raucous rendition of The White Stripes “Seven Nation Army.” The album has received wide acclaim: All Music declared the effort, “easily their most musically adventurist album yet,” while DownBeat praised it as “music for both the party and for fans of instrumental prowess.”

Approaching two decades strong, Karl Denson’s Tiny Universe is a prolific touring juggernaut that regularly performs over 150 shows annually. They’re currently working on material for a new studio album to be released later this year. Denson himself is an acclaimed and highly in-demand saxophonist and songwriter who first came to national attention as a member of Lenny Kravitz‘s Let Love Rule-era group, led The Greyboy Allstars and is currently a member of The Rolling Stones touring band. And KDTU doesn’t miss performing at JamCruise each January (check out that lineup for some warm winter fun!).



Maddy & The Groove Spots at 5:30 p.m.

Maddy-smallMadelaine (Maddy) German is a keyboardist, singer-songwriter and music composer from the Shenandoah Valley of Virginia. The daughter of a music professor and avid church musician, she spent her formative years immersed in both the spiritual music of the church and the technical world of the Classical greats, studying Classical voice and piano from early childhood through college. After receiving a music degree from James Madison University in Virginia, she found herself in L.A. as an intern in the studio of film score composer Hans Zimmer.

Maddy’s love for outdoor adventure landed her in Jackson Hole, where she also discovered her love of musical improvisation. In 2013, she formed Maddy and the Groove Spots, a band rooted in a neo-soul synth-funk sound and driven by Maddy’s lyrically-powered originals. Maddy’s “Groove Spots” are a rotating cast of improvisational, often jazz-trained musicians each of whom bring their own voice to the group.