DJ Greyboy is an nationally known disc jockey from San Diego, California. When he first began to spin records(d.j.) he was commonly seen with his good friend Rob Dyrdek. As time progressed and his fame spread he began to strike out on his own and gain more wide spread success. His style of music is very broad ranging from: hip hop, house, soul, funk, and acid jazz. Most of his music has been well received by fans off all races. He is also an huge in the side hacking sports industry, being one of the front runners of the sports.
Through the years DJ Greyboy met up with others that shared his passion for music and started his own music group called “The Greyboy Allstars.” They usually did weekly shows at a local San Diego spot called the Green Circle Bar. They played a huge part in the revamping of jazz music to modern times. They helped make acid jazz one of the more popular brands of music to the youth. In 1995 the group released their first C.D. called the West Coast Boogaloo and received major support from the likes of Fred Wesley(who was the trombone player for James Brown). They then return to the charts with their follow up C.D. called “Town called Earth”. With two successful CD’s behind them the group decided to go their separate ways and do solo ventures. During the 2008 Jazz Fest the group would reunite for a sold out crowd.
In DJ Greyboy’s personal life he has a bulldog which commonly show up during his many Youtube videos. During these videos he can be seen interacting with her in some comical situations. Also in his Youtube video he can be seen performing many tricks with his side hack bmx alongside many of his good friends.
~ written by: PrinceStringer, DJ Greyboy fan
The Greyboy Allstars
The Greyboy Allstars was formed by San Diego jazz group in early 1990s. When it started, Karl Denson collaborated with DJ Greyboy (who was using the turn table) during the weekly shows in San Diego. This shows which were performed at Green Circle Bar, majored on DJ Greyboy’s albums i.e. Freestylin and Home Cooking. They gradually grew together gathering a band that included Chris Stillwell, Robert Walter, Zak Najor, and Elgin Park. As described by many, The Greybry Allstars band had formed a distinction setting them separately from other fashionable soul jazz. In another words, it was described as boongaloo band.
The first album which featured great support from Fred Wesley and James Brown was released in 1991. At this time DJ Greyboy looked uninterested with the band’s tour, so Denson was now the leader of the band. The second album was released in 1997 with Denson and Walter releasing solo albums in which the rest of the band’s members backed. However, in 1999 a live album was released by the Greyboy Allstars. Later on DJ Greyboy came back to the band to team up in order to record an album that was released on 17th April 2007.
Before Chris Stillwell had joined the band, he had successfully pursued in his high school career. This made him to be an educational instructor at his hometown of San Diego. His pupils tenderly referred him as Coach. This is an autograph that is usually cheered in the band’s live shows. Conversely, Zak Najor was a drummer for the last recording studios while Erick Kalb used to play drums during the succeeding tour.
When the Greyboy Alstars ended their national tour in 2008 at The New Orleans, they had already sold out Jazz Fest shows. There after, they celebrated the Telluride Jazz Celebration in 2010 as an closing act. But recently, on January 9th 2011, Greyboy Allstars performed at Jam Cruise and at San Francisco’s Music Festival in August 2011.
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~ written by: osigakevn, a big fan of The Greyboy Allstars
In 1993, Greyboy Allstars was formed. The group focused on making mostly jazz music (as opposed to dance music) and so, they considered themselves as an acid jazz band.
Andreas Stevens (the real name of DJ Greyboy) met a saxophonist named Karl Denson who was, at the time, on the road with Lenny Kravitz. They decide to collaborate and they made two songs under Ubiquity Records’ Home Cooking compilation. In 1994, they had a solo album for Ubiquity – Freestylin’.
They eventually formed their own record label, and then gathered members and formed an in-house band. The guitarist was Michael Andrews, formerly with the Origin; the bassist was Chris Stillwell; the keyboardist was Robert Walter, and the drummer was Zack Najor. The Greyboy Allstars rocked the house.
In 1995, their debut album Coast Boogaloo was released. In this album, Fred Wesley, one of the well-known masters of groove, contributed a lot. Several tours transpired throughout that year and this is where, as they say, it all started.
Here’s the complete list of Greyboy Albums and Discography information. These include their earlier EPs and singles. The complete copy of Greyboys’ discography is listed in chronological order. This is based on the authorized issues and does not include some of the discs that are merely being promoted; the most notable, which are Freestylin’ and Land of the Lost are included in this list.
Real Name: Andreas Stevens
Aliases: Andreas Stevens, GrayMadduh
In Groups: Greyboy Allstars
Variations: Greyboy/ DJ Greyboy
Greybreaks Volume 1 (2 versions) Greyboy Records 2, Grey Jazz Records 1993
Greyboy with Harold Todd & Marc Antoine- Ubiquity Records 1993 Freestylin’
Land of the Lost ( 2 versions) Ubiquity Records 1995
Dub Great Beats Volume 1.0 Greyboy Records 2 1996 CD Mixed
Unda Attack Volume 2 P-Jays Recordings 1999
Mastered the Art Ubiquity Records 2001
Soul Mosaic (3 versions) Ubiquity Records 2004
SINGLEs and EPs
Freestylin’ 12 Ubiquity Records 1993
Hidden Crate (Remix)/ P-Jays Recordings 1999 Cathy (12”)
Polygood /Throw It Up (12”) P-Jays Recordings 1999
Mastered the Art (10”) Ubiquity Records 2001
Make Music Let Em Know Ubiquity Records 2002
Hold It Down (12”) Ubiquity Records 2002
Genevieve ( 12”) Ubiquity Records 2003
To Know You Is To Love You Ubiquity Records 2004
Got To Be A Love Ubiquity Records 2004
Son Ray (12”) Ubiquity Records 2004
Help Is On The Way (12”) Ubiquity Records 2005
Whirlwind/ Land Of The Lost (12”) Ubiquity Records Unknown
The Greyboy Essentials (CD,Comp,Promo) Ubiquity Records 2002
15 Years of West Coast Cool (2 versions) Ubiquity Records 2008
Shades of Grey (CD Comp) Ubiquity Records Unknown
~ written by Doug G.
People from different generations have different inclinations when it comes to music. Some like pop or rock music and some prefer reggae and hip-hop. Those are the more popular genres but there are a whole of beautiful music styles and genres out there – and acid jazz is one of those.
Acid jazz is a kind of music that is a combination of jazz, funk and hip-hop of the early 1990s. It is in fact during this period that the genre has started to get more recognition.
DJ Greyboy (his real name is Andreas Stevens) was deemed to be the founder of American Acid Jazz sound of the early 90’s – while he was recording for Ubiquity. However, he moved away from this musical style and went back to his original passion – which is hip-hop.
Nevertheless, before he gave up being a flag holder of sorts for American Acid Jazz, he released two great albums of the genre – the Land of the Lost in 1996 and Greyboy Allstars. Both are produced in his very own recording studio ‘Greyboy Records’ together with the other talented musicians.
It was in the year 1993 that Greyboy had his first break. His first album — Freestylin’ — was released during this time. It had a huge part in Ubiquity Records’ early hip-hop/jazz legacy. After his initial success, he released four more solo albums with Ubiquity and today, he is currently working on his 6th album.
Over the years, Greyboy has collaborated with quite a number of musical artists — from jazz musicians, to hip-hopartists. Fred Wesley of JB’s and AG (of Showbiz and AG) were among those who joined him and are in fact the original members of the Greyboy Allstars.
Because of the incredible talent he has showcased, in 2003, he has been handpicked to provide a mix CD for DC shoes. His music was even featured in some movies like Celtic Pride, Get Shorty, and in Budweiser commercials, as well as The Kelly Slatter SurfPro Video game. He was also a co-founder of a hip-hop record company called P-Jay’s, collaborating with pro skater and MTV star Rob Dyrdek.
Throughout the years, his career has started soaring and he was able to go to different countries and has even DJ’ed in Japan, Australia, Canada, Europe and other parts of America. One of his biggests gigs so far was for about 5,000 people in an area near Rome during the summer of 2003. He played with Ben Harper and Jack Johnson, entertaining more than 20,000 people per night on their tour shows.
In 2001, he took a brief sabbatical from his musical career. Then, he came up with music that is once again acid jazz- sounding. The album had more vinyl though, rather than jazz instruments, making it sound more like hip-hop, although it still has acid jazz flavors.
~ written by Doug G.
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Andreas Stevens aka DJ Greyboy is a resident of San Diego, California and has been called the Father of Hip-Hop. His search for that rare vinyl, led him to the Groove Merchant; it is the San Francisco Store ran by Michael and Jodi Mc Fadin. The husband and wife finally decided to expand operations and established the Ubiquity recording label which was considered to be one of the first to offer such in the industry.
In 1994, the debut of Freestylin’ was a big hit and its best-selling status became the source of great pride for Ubiquity; it was also one of the reasons behind the label’s ground breaking outlook. Freestylin’ is a mishmash of funk, jazz, hip hop and Ubiquity had been the melting pot of musical genre for acid/jazz rare groove.
With the help Karl Denson, a saxophonist, Greyboy has established some fine templates, and a firm bass and breakbeat grooves form his notable record crates. With Harold Todd’s flute and Denson, the group was able to deliver a harmonious blue print track like “On the Strip” and “Ruffneck Jazz”. Denson’s sax solos were very impressive. From the carrier singles of the album down to the samples, Denson responds with an ardent creativeness, with a roaring trail for Todd to follow, and the musicians had wonderful chemistry.
Denson wrote “Who’s Gonna Be the Junky?” and it became a big hit. On one of their memorable performances, Todd put on his saxophone for this piece and joined Denson for the exhibition. The two had an outstanding showcase of lopping funk grooves which was piloted by Derek G, the bassist. Marc Antoine also did the same, and he received wild acknowledgement from the delighted audience. He displayed a very impressive six-string to “Lite Bake”, and the special participation of Melvin Sparks’ “Texas Twister” was just as beautiful. However, it was Greyboy who made the final performance playing “Outerlude”, which, all in all made the event a very promising debut.
DJ Greyboy Freestylin’ album was released on April 29, 1997 by the Ubiquity label. This was in fact Stevens’ debut album that gave him the title Hip Hop Head.
“Freestylin’” showcased improved jazz funk grooves with quite a touch of hip-hop sensitivities. The music itself is very sensible, and has no lyrics. People paid more attention to the music itself.
Music enthusiasts put a lot of attention to this kind of genre since it enables musicians to really show their talents. This album is highly recommended to jazz funk and hip hop junkies – they would have their heads bobbing to the music, for sure.
~ written by Doug G.
The Greyboy Allstars is one of the icons of the Acid Jazz genre during the early 1990s. They are credited for the mid-90s acid jazz revival and the renewed interest for the soul jazz of the late 60s and early 70s.
The group’s members today are DJ Greyboy, Karl Denson, Robert Walter, Chris Stillwell, Elgin Park (who was also known as Mike Andrews) and Eric Kalb.
Karl Denson is a highly skilled saxophonist and flutist, and has co-founded the group. He used to tour with Lenny Kravitz and has collaborated with several notable artists such as Jack DeJohnette and Dave Holland.
Robert Walter played the keyboards and has, at one point recorded a semi-parody Christmas record, In A Holiday Groove. He is deemed as one of America’s foremost jazz keyboardists.
Chris Stillwell played the bass, and was into several musical genres as well. These included the blues, folk, Indian music, and others. He was a high school physical education instructor before he entered the group, and is in fact lovingly referred to as “Coach C” during shows.
Elgin Park (One of Michael Andrews’s personas) played the guitar, and also composed music for films. In 2000, he composed music for the film Donnie Darko. Here, he played several instruments like the piano, mini marimba, ukulele and others. One of Elgin Park’s hits was the song “Mad World,” originally done by Tears for Fears. Gary Jules sang the melody, and park played the piano. The widely known song became part of the UK singles chart in 2003. In 2004, it made the American Billboard Modern Rock Chart. In 2007, it hit #1 on the Canadian Digital Singles chart.
Zak Najor played the drums for the said group during the recording of the latest album What Happened To Television? He has been Stillwell’s long-time collaborator. However, it was Eric Kalb who played the drums for the group’s subsequent tours.
DJ Greyboy, who founded the Allstars, operated the turntable, and was into various musical genres like hip hop, funk and more. In 2009, he founded a record label, entitled “Soundlock Recordings.” In 2010, DJ Greyboy co – produced an album called “From The Ground Up.”
Tours and Performances
They toured a lot in the recent years. On September 29, 2012, they had a jam-packed show at the Belly Up in San Diego. Last September 28, 2012, they performed at the Hard Rock Café in Las Vegas. Last July 20, 2012, they performed at the Annual Gathering of the Vibes in Bridgeport, CT. On March 2012, they performed in Colorado at The Ogden Theatre and at the Boulder Theatre.
Just last year, they had two shows in California, held on December 30 (belly Up) and 31 (Solana Beach). The show last December 30, 2011 was held in the Belly Up. The show last December 31, 2012 was held in Solana Beach.
Last August 2011, they performed in the Outside Lands Music and Arts Festival in San Francisco, California. The fantastic event closed at the Golden Gate Park. Last July 22, 2011, they played at Qualcomm Stadium for America’s Finest Beer Festival (San Diego).
They also had a great Spring Tour in 2011, including Denver. They also went to Slopeside in Vail, and to the Mint in LA. The tour also covered New York and New Orleans.
In 2010, they were the closing act for the Telluride Jazz Celebration. Last 2008, they toured nationally, which ended in New Orleans’ Jazz Fest (where have performed in consistently sold out shows)
The Greyboy Allstars Albums
They had their first album in 1995 called West Coast Boogaloo. In 1997, they released their second album entitled A Town Called Earth. In 1999, they had their first live album, known as Live.
Nearly 10 years after their last collaboration, DJ Greyboy returned to make music with the band once again for What Happened to Television? which has received positive reviews from critics.
Truly, these albums served as a treat for the fans of The Greyboy Allstars.
~ written by NickM, fan
This blog is an unofficial fan site. The official website of the Greyboy Allstars is greyboyallstars.com.
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