16th annual Christmas tour 2013 will feature Oleta Adams, Jonathan Butler and Keiko Matsui
For the past sixteen years, Dave Koz has gathered a group of friends and toured coast to coast at Christmas time. This year, Dave will be performing on December 6, 2013 at 7:30 p.m. in the Palace Theatre on PlayhouseSquare. Tickets are on sale now at playhousesquare.org, 216-241-6000 or the PlayhouseSquare Ticket Office, priced at $65, $50, $35 & $10 Smart Seats.
Dave Koz just recently completed a sold out Sea Mediterranean cruise as well as a show at London’s Cadogan Hall brings celebrated singer Oleta Adams who first appeared on the Tears for Fears album “The Seeds of Love” and has released eight poplular CD’s of he own. Oleta’s style spans between R&B, Jazz, Pop and Gospel.
Also on the tour is Jonathan Butler who holds the distinction of being the first black artist to break in on white stations in his native South Africa. Jonathan’s range of genres includes R&B, Contemporary Jazz and Gospel. Sharing the stage will also be Japanese born pianist/composer/producer Keiko Matsui who has toured with everyone from Stevie Wonder to Miles Davis. As in years past, fans of Dave can expect an uplifting and high energy show that gives a fresh and unexpected take on seasonal favorite songs as well as hits from each of the artist’s careers.
“Dave Koz equals Christmas,” said the El Paso Times. “As anyone who has seen more than one of Koz's shows can attest, there's a different energy each time he performs because he shares the stage with a rotating cast of characters.”
“Not only did [Koz and Friends]…revamp the tinsel and garland mainstays, they offered an array of non-holiday tunes that beautifully captured the spirit of the season,” noted theDallas Morning News in a review of last year’s show.
“Though the cast changes every year, the warm feeling remains the same,” observed thePalm Beach Post.
Other Koz news this week includes the release of “I Got You (I Feel Good)” which is the brand new single from the “Dave Koz and Friends Summer Horns” (Concord Records).
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.
For the past 19 years, Koz has served as global ambassador for the Starlight Children’s Foundation, an organization dedicated to improving the quality of life for children with chronic and life-threatening illnesses and life-altering injuries. Dave’s KOZ Wines has partnered with California Pizza Kitchen (http://www.cpk.com) to offer restaurant guests a chance to raise a glass and make a difference. For a limited time, KOZ Wines will donate a portion of the proceeds from the sale of its delicious Pinot Noir and White Wine Blend at participating California Pizza Kitchen locations nationwide to Starlight Children’s Foundation (www.starlight.org.). In the Cleveland area there is a California Pizza Kitchen located at Legacy Village, 25365 Cedar Road, Lyndhurst, Ohio 44124 (216) 382-4907.