|Dave Koz and Friends Christmas Tour|
|Thursday, October 10, 2013 11:48 PM|
VAN WERT — Fresh off the sold-out Dave Koz and Friends at Sea Mediterranean cruise and a show at London’s Cadogan Hall, eight-time Grammy nominee Dave Koz is now back in the States, where he’s sitting in with the band on “The Arsenio Hall Show” on Oct. 15 and getting ready for the holidays. Dave always celebrates in a big way, entertaining thousands of his closest friends in a jaunt that takes him from coast to coast.
Now celebrating its 16th anniversary, this year’s Dave Koz and Friends Christmas Tour will feature renowned singer Oleta Adams, who first came to prominence when Tears for Fears asked her to appear on their The Seeds of Love album and who has released eight acclaimed CDs of her own, crossing effortlessly between R&B, jazz, popular and gospel music, Jonathan Butler, who was the first black artist played on white stations in his native South Africa and has since earned accolades in the R&B, contemporary jazz and gospel fields, and Japanese born pianist/composer/producer Keiko Matsui, who has shared the stage with everyone from Stevie Wonder to Miles Davis.
The tour arrives at The Niswonger Performing Arts Center of Northwest Ohio on at 7:30 p.m. Dec. 10. Tickets range from $29-$45 and are available online, www.npacvw.org or through the box office at 419-238-6722, noon - 4 p.m. Monday - Friday. The Niswonger is located at 10700 SR 118S, Van Wert, Ohio.
Year after year, fans return for an uplifting, high-energy show that offers fresh, unexpected takes on seasonal favorites and hits from each of the artist’s careers.
“I Got You (I Feel Good),” the brand new single from Dave Koz and Friends Summer Horns (Concord Records), goes to radio this week. The San Jose Mercury News called Koz and Friends’ rendition of the James Brown classic “a funk-filled fun fest” in a review of the album, which debuted at No. 1 on Billboard’s Current Contemporary Jazz Albums chart in June 2013, marking the renowned saxophonist’s seventh No. 1 album. It spent five weeks atop the chart and is still in the Top 10.
Fellow saxophone players Gerald Albright, Richard Elliot and Mindi Abair joined Dave on Summer Horns, which pays tribute to the great horn sections that fueled hits by such artists as James Brown, Earth Wind & Fire, Chicago, Tower Of Power, Blood, Sweat & Tears and Sly & The Family Stone. “Got To Get You Into My Life,” the collection’s first single, spent seven weeks at No. 1 on Billboard’s Smooth Jazz chart and was recently nominated for a Soul Train Award for Best Contemporary Jazz Performance.