Thursday, September 25, 2008


Congratulations go out to Dave Koz as his Greatest Hits CD, his first-ever retrospective album debuts at No. 1 on both Billboard's Top Contemporary Jazz Albums chart and iTunes' Jazz Album chart. Meanwhile, lead single "Life In The Fast Lane" claims the No. 1 spot on the R&R Smooth Jazz Indicator chart. The album, which was completely re-mastered by the legendary Bernie Grundman, contains 11 Koz classics (including "You Make Me Smile," "Faces of the Heart," "Can't Let You Go (Sha La Song)" featuring Luther Vandross and "Honey Dipped") plus four brand new songs.

Dave, who has received six GRAMMY(R) nominations will be honored with a star in the sidewalk on Hollywood Boulevard's Walk of Fame in 2009, will play some of these hits on his 11th annual Smooth Jazz Christmas tour, which kicks off on November 28th. The Dave Koz And Friends Smooth Jazz Christmas Tour 2008 will feature special guests Jonathan Butler, Jeff Golub and Keiko Matsui. Highly respected South African singer/guitarist Butler, guitarist Golub, revered for his unique blend of blues, soul, rock and jazz, and acclaimed Japanese pianist Matsui will perform songs from their respective catalogues and join with Dave on a variety of holiday standards. Rendezvous recording artist Brian Simpson will be the tour's Music Director. (See below for a full itinerary.)

Over the summer, Koz went into the studio with Barry Manilow, who asked him to play sax on three tracks for his upcoming album, and taped a performance for the upcoming PBS special "Lights - a Hanukkah Celebration." In the past week, Dave appeared on "Entertainment Tonight," performed at a fundraising concert for Barack Obama and at the ET-People Magazine Emmy party, and picked up the R&R "Personality of the Year" award for his show on Broadcast Architecture's Smooth Jazz Network. He'll wrap up his summer tour this Saturday, September 27th, with an appearance at KTWV Wave Fest at Los Angeles' Greek Theatre. He then travels to Asia for concert dates in Japan, Korea and Thailand, returning home in time to embark on the fourth annual "Dave Koz & Friends At Sea" cruise on November 2nd.

Dave Koz And Friends Smooth Jazz Christmas Tour 2008 With Special Guests Jonathan Butler, Jeff Golub And Keiko Matsui

11/28 - Ft. Pierce, FL @ Sunrise Theatre
11/29 - Clearwater, FL @ Ruth Eckerd Hall
11/30 - Sarasota, FL @ Van Wezel Performing Arts Center
12/1 - Fort Lauderdale, FL @ Broward Center for the Performing Arts
12/2 - Naples, FL @ Philharmonic Center for the Arts
12/3 - West Palm Beach, FL @ Raymond F. Kravis Center for the Performing Arts
12/5 - Columbus, OH @ Palace Theatre
12/6 - Chicago, IL @ Chicago Theatre
12/7 - New York, NY @ Nokia Theatre
12/8 - Newport News, VA @ Ferguson Center for the Arts
12/10 - Sewell, NJ @ Commerce Bank Arts Center
12/11- El Paso, TX @ Plaza Theatre Performing Arts Center
12/12 - Oakland, CA @ Paramount Theatre
12/13 - Los Angeles, CA @ Wilshire Theatre
12/16 - Santa Rosa, CA @ Wells Fargo Center
12/17 - Mesa, AZ @ Mesa Arts Center - Ikeda Theatre
12/18 - Santa Ynez, CA @ Chumash Casino
12/19 - Cerritos, CA @ Cerritos Center for the Performing Arts
12/20 - Cerritos, CA @ Cerritos Center for the Performing Arts

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