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Dave Koz – Collaborations

Dave Koz is one of the most popular smooth jazz artists worldwide. His cruises Dave Koz and Friends at Sea 2016 are already sold out. On September 22, 2009, Koz received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. In December 2014, he opened Spaghettini & the Dave Koz Lounge.

His solo projects can be divided into four areas. His original composed albums, his Christmas albums, his cover albums and his collaborations. His new album Collaborations (2015) is a hybrid from the latter two. At the same time it’s a thanks to a large number of partners who have made Dave to what he is today.

The 25th Anniversary Collection starts with Good Foot featuring Jeff Lorber. Jeff took Dave in his band, when he had just left college and encouraged him to his solo career. Dave and Jeff wrote the song some years ago and polished it up for the new album.

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Dave Koz – Collaborations: 25th Anniversary Collection

Collaborations9x GRAMMY® nominee Dave Koz has been honored with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame and established himself as a platinum-selling artist, humanitarian, entrepreneur, radio host and instrumental music advocate. He is marking the 25th Anniversary of his recording career with this collection of musical collaborations throughout his career (Concord and Capitol), along with three new songs: “Good Foot” featuring Jeff Lorber; “Game of Thrones Theme” (Scott Bradlee) and the hit theme song from Disney’s movie: Frozen, “Let It Go.”

Over the span of nearly 20 albums and an ambitious international touring schedule, Dave Koz has forged a distinctive sound that merges the best elements of jazz, pop R&B, soul and funk. In the 25 years since the release of his self-titled solo debut album, the acclaimed saxophonist has received nine GRAMMY® nominations, had seven albums top Billboard’s Current Contemporary Jazz Albums chart and been honored with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. Along the way, he’s established an impressive body of work and built a fan base that stretches around the globe. But Koz would be the first to tell you that he hasn’t done it all by himself.

“How did I get here? I can tell you it was not entirely my doing,” says Koz. “You’ve heard the phrase, ‘It takes a village.’ That’s really what my career has been about. It’s been about really talented people – fellow musicians, managers, agents, producers, engineers, radio people, retailers and others – who have supported me along the way. I’m so proud of that, and so blown away by it. In this milestone year, I want to say thank you to all of them for helping me along this road. And I especially want to thank the fans who’ve been with me since day one. Every single one has been a collaborator with me.” Continue reading

Various Artists – Smooth Jazz Hits: #1 Chart-Toppers

SJHThis collection features 12 of the hottest, recent Smooth Jazz hits, straight from the tops of the Smooth AC and Smooth Jazz charts. Featuring tracks by Mindi Abair, George Benson, Boney James, Kenny G, and Dave Koz, among other stars of the genre, Smooth Jazz Hits: #1 Chart-Toppers features original hit songs, plus grooving covers of favorites such as the Beatles’ ‘Got to Get You Into My Life,’ Michael Jackson’s ‘Shake Your Body (Down to the Ground),’ and Ne-Yo’s ‘Champagne Life.’ This collection delivers a soulful, classy, and fun way to get the party started!

Get this Smooth Jazz collection at Amazon.com.

Dave Koz – The 25th Of December

DK_T25OD_CVR_5x5RGB300Produced by Rickey Minor, September 30, 2014 release features holiday duets with India.Arie, Eric Benét, Jonathan Butler, Gloria Estefan, Fantasia, Kenny G, Heather Headley, Richard Marx, Johnny Mathis, Trombone Shorty, BeBe Winans and Stevie Wonder (International release dates may vary)

The holidays have always been about bringing close friends together and celebrating the season with good times and great music. Saxophonist Dave Koz has been doing it every year for nearly two decades with talented friends and collaborators on a tour that brings the yuletide spirit to devoted audiences from one coast to the other.

Koz brings that same collaborative spirit to his new holiday recording, The 25th of December, scheduled for release on September 30, 2014 on Concord Records. The album features duets with some of the most prominent pop and jazz artists of the last several decades, including India.Arie, Eric Benét, Jonathan Butler, Gloria Estefan, Fantasia, Kenny G, Heather Headley, Richard Marx, Johnny Mathis, Trombone Shorty, BeBe Winans and Stevie Wonder. Continue reading

Dave Koz – Live At The Blue Note Tokyo

Live At The Blue NoteThe latest contender for the instrumental pop saxophone throne, Dave Koz came out of nowhere after his self-titled 1990 release made it onto the Billboard contemporary jazz charts and stayed there several weeks. He has more fire and intensity in his work than Kenny G, and often sounds like a reworked David Sanborn. Koz also played on Arsenio Hall’s show, which increased his popularity among the urban contemporary, light jazz, and pop audiences. Koz plays instrumental pop covers and some upbeat tunes, and generally sticks to the fusion production formula: background vocalists, synthesizers, and drum machines, a minimum amount of solo space, and so on.

His sessions are available on CD and have been regularly released since his first appearance on the scene. Highlights include 1993’s peppy Lucky Man, 1999’s collaboration-heavy Dance, 2001’s holiday treat A Smooth Jazz Christmas, and 2007’s film music-themed At the Movies. Koz left EMI to sign with Concord in 2010 for the release of Hello Tomorrow, produced by John Burk and Marcus Miller.

He released his very first live album this fall with “Live at the Blue Note Toyko,” which includes a handful of his hits such as “You Make Me Smile,” “Faces Of The Heart” and “Put The Top Down.”

“I love doing different projects all at the same time,” says the California native. “The music business used to be a real horizontal business in which you tried to grab the most amounts of people you possibly could across a horizontal place. These days, it feels as if the whole point is to figure out how many different ways can you touch the people you already have. And in the process, find a way to expand the number of fans from there. I’ve been doing this for many years, so every time I can touch and say thank you to my loyal supporters, I take advantage of it.

Live At The Blue Note Tokyo is available in all stores.

Dave Koz – Ultimate Christmas

Ultimate Christmas, featuring 18 holiday songs performed by Dave Koz, was released 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).

The Wayman Tisdale Story

Rendezvous Music/Mack Avenue released The Wayman Tisdale Story on DVD and CD on November 22, 2011. The documentary celebrates the life of Wayman, a three-time All-American, Gold Medal Olympian, former NBA star and world renowned jazz musician, who lost his battle with cancer on May 15, 2009.

The DVD features interviews with Wayman and his family, Michael Jordan, Toby Keith, Marcus Miller and Dave Koz, among others. The CD includes the previously unreleased track “Slam Dunk”, produced by Jeff Lorber and “Cryin’ For Me”, a song written and performed as a tribute to Wayman by Toby Keith.

An award winning feature-length documentary and accompanying 13 track CD celebrating the life and legacy of Wayman Tisdale, a three-time All-American, Gold Medal Olympian, former NBA star, and world renowned jazz musician. Featuring Wayman Tisdale’s final interviews prior to his passing in 2009 as well as exclusive interviews with Michael Jordan, Dave Koz, Toby Keith, Marcus Miller, A.C. Green, and Jonathan Butler.

For more information visit http://www.thewaymantisdalestory.com/.