Wednesday, October 19, 2011


Since 1997, the Dave Koz & Friends Christmas Tour has evolved from a handful of concerts by the beloved saxman and pianist David Benoit to a 30-plus-city national phenomenon also featuring fellow genre all-stars Peter White and Rick Braun and singer Brenda Russell. The original tour came in support of his popular 1997 seasonal offering December Makes Me Feel This Way. On this new release, Ultimate Christmas features 18 holiday songs performed by Dave Koz, was released today by Capitol/EMI. The collection features the six-time Grammy® Award nominee's renditions of such perennial holiday classics as "The Christmas Song," "Winter Wonderland," "Deck The Halls," "O Tannenbaum (O Christmas Tree)" and "Hark! The Herald Angels Sing" plus "White Christmas" featuring Kelly Sweet and "Please Come Home for Christmas" featuring Kimberley Locke. The songs were hand-picked from Dave's three previous holiday albums – December Makes Me Feel This Way, A Smooth Jazz Christmas and Memories of a Winter's Night. Koz also recorded two brand new instrumentals for Ultimate Christmas: "Welcoming the Season (Prelude)" and "Welcoming the New Year (Coda)."

Ultimate Christmas Track List:
1. Welcoming the Season (Prelude) Dave Koz
2 Santa Claus Is Comin' to Town Dave Koz
3 The Christmas Song (feat. Peter White, David Benoit, Rick Braun and Brenda Rusell)
4 Sleigh Ride Dave Koz
5 White Christmas (feat. Kelly Sweet)
6 Winter Wonderland Dave Koz
7 Hark! The Herald Angels Sing (feat. Brian Culbertson)
8 Little Drummer Boy (feat. Rick Braun, Peter White and David Benoit)
9 Please Come Home for Christmas (feat. Kimberley Locke)
10 Silver Bells Dave Koz
11 Eight Candles (A Song For Hanukkah)
12 Deck the Halls Dave Koz
13 Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas (feat. Peter White)
14 O Tannenbaum (O Christmas Tree) Dave Koz
15 Silent Night (feat. Peter White, Rick Braun and Brenda Russell)
16 I'll Be Home for Christmas
17 Auld Lang Syne
18 Welcoming the New Year (Coda)

Dave Koz and Friends Christmas Tour 2011 kicks off on Friday, November 25th at Cobb Energy Performing Arts Center in Atlanta, GA. Trumpeter/composer/producer Rick Braun, South African singer/guitarist Jonathan Butler and Dutch saxophone star Candy Dulfer will join Koz for the 14th anniversary of the tour. The four will perform hits from their respective catalogues and jam on new arrangements of holiday favorites.

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