1 albums on Billboard’s Current Contemporary Jazz Album chart, including 2015’s Collaborations: 25th Anniversary Collection (Concord Records), and has released five holiday albums – has assembled another stellar lineup for 2016.
The irrepressible Jonathan Butler, an “alumni” of the tour, has earned accolades in the R&B, contemporary jazz and gospel fields and recently released a new studio album entitled Free.
Newcomer Selina Albright will also join in the festivities.
Together, the five remarkable artists will perform fresh renditions of Christmas classics as well as a Chanukah medley and hits from their respective catalogs.
Please enjoy reading them and perusing vintage Dave Koz photos, and feel free to add your own quote or comment on this post. He used to make it a point to play a private concert for my elementary school classes and let me sit on the stage.
Nine-time GRAMMY nominee and saxophonist extraordinaire Dave Koz and a trio of special guests – Jonathan Butler, Kenny Lattimore and Ashford & Simpson’s Valerie Simpson – will capture the magic of Christmas in the 19th anniversary edition of Koz’s holiday tour.The trappings may have changed, but the sweetheart in Koz's soul isn't far away melodically, judging by the silky "Lullaby for a Rainy Night" and "I'm Ready." Hard to say where Sausalito meets the Southern porch swings, but there's a definite John Grisham film score feel on many of the cuts.Guest wise, it might be more fun to mention Stevie Nicks asking Koz to "Let Me Count the Ways," but Brian Mann's accordion actually makes more impact.She recently released a new solo album, Dinosaurs Are Coming Back Again.Together, the four remarkable artists will put fresh spins on holiday classics as well as other selections that beautifully capture the spirit of the season.