9-time GRAMMY nominated smooth jazz saxophonist and music pioneer Dave Koz brings his Dave Koz and Friends Summer Horns 2014 Tour, featuring saxophonists Mindi Abair, Gerald Albright and Richard Elliot, to Ravinia Festival in Highland Park, Illinois, near Chicago, on Friday, the 4th of July. "I cannot think of a better place to be than at Ravinia on the 4th of July, which is SO AMERICA!" said Dave Koz. "It's such a great outdoor feel and beautiful venue. I've played there only once before and it's been many, many years, but I've always remembered how beautiful the park is, how it feels inside there, and the way it made me feel being on that stage." Koz also enthusiastically stated, "I'm so excited to come there. I know that all of us, our whole band, and honestly everybody, is just super excited to spend the holiday right there in Chicago."
Koz's long overdue return to Ravinia will be in support of GRAMMY Award nominated Best Pop Instrumental Album Summer Horns, released June 13, 2013, featuring imaginative takes on the classic hits of Tower of Power, Earth, Wind & Fire, Chicago, Blood, Sweat & Tears, and other brassy juggernauts of the 1960’s and ’70s. Summer Horns has been on the Billboard Charts for a year; spending five weeks at No. 1 on Billboard’s Current Contemporary Jazz Albums Chart. Their smoking version of Sly and the Family Stone’s “Hot Fun In The Summertime” topped the Mediabase Smooth A/C Chart, “Got To Get You Into My Life” spent seven weeks at No. 1 on Billboard’s Smooth Jazz Chart and was nominated for a Soul Train award and “I Got You (I Feel Good)” ranked No. 1 on the Mediabase Smooth A/C Chart for seven weeks.
In addition to playing songs from Summer Horns, the four saxophonists, backed by a stellar band, will perform the biggest hits from their individual catalogues. "Gerald, Mindi and Richard all have new albums." explained Koz. "Mindi's came out a couple of weeks ago and Richard's and Gerald's will be coming out shortly. They'll all be playing some new music from their new projects. And, I'll have some of my non-Summer Horns music represented in this show. And, absolutely we will do something special for the holiday." (see Dave Koz interview here)
About the Summer Horns:
Dave Koz, a nine-time GRAMMY nominee, was honored with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in 2009. Summer Horns is his seventh No. 1 album.
Mindi Abair was featured saxophonist on the 2011 and 2012 seasons of “American Idol” and joined Aerosmith on their 2012 Summer Tour. Her new album, Wild Heart, was released May 27, 2014.
Gerald Albright is known for his acclaimed solo recordings and performances with Anita Baker, Whitney Houston, and The Temptations.
Richard Elliot is a former member of Tower of Power who has since forged a successful solo career.
Friday, July 4th, 2014 at Ravinia Festival
DAVE KOZ AND FRIENDS Summer Horns 2014
with Mindi Abair, Gerald Albright, Richard Elliot
418 Sheridan Road
Highland Park, Illinois 60035
All ages show.
Gates open: 5:00pm / Show: 8:00pm