Karl Denson's Tiny Universe :: 04.23.10 :: Brooklyn Bowl :: Brooklyn, New York
Karl Denson's Tiny Universe wrapped up their East Coast run in New York this weekend at the adult playground and music sanctuary Brooklyn Bowl with two nights of eclectic jazz and fiery funk. In a harmonious cosmos where jazz music reigns supreme, the Tiny Universe expelled a rare, extraordinary energy that is inimitable by any other funk act on the jam circuit. The scene was set at Brooklyn Bowl as Kool & the Gang blasted through the speakers and Soul Train videos dominated the big screens in what would become a long night of joyous, horn dominated boogie. Anchored by Karl Denson (saxophone, flute), the Tiny Universe funk troop - Ron Johnson (bass), Chris Littlefield (trumpet), Brian Jordan (guitar), David Veith (keyboards) and John Staten (drums) - played a three hour set of in-your-face classics alongside new tunes off 2009's Brother's Keeper.
I love jazz because it is in my blood. It is the only original American art form. It is sacred. The greatest musicians are jazz artists.
I was first exposed to jazz in 1961 listening to my father's records of Duke Ellington, Billy Strayhorn, Count Basie, Nat King Cole, Ben Webster, Coleman Hawkins, Lester Young.
I met Sonny Stitt, Wayne Shorter, Branford Marsalis, Joey Calderazzo, Michael Brecker, Cannonball Adderley, Walter Booker, Dave Liebman, Joe Lovano, George Benson, Mike
Stern, Stanley Turrentine, Billy Harper, Skip Hadden, Charlie Haden.
The best show I ever attended was Joe Lovano with Soundprints at the Wexner Center in Columbus Ohio in 2014.
The first jazz record I bought was Miles Smiles.