Multi-GRAMMY® nominee and saxophonist extraordinaire Dave Koz returns to Ruth Eckerd Hall on Tuesday, November 29 at 7:30 pm with the must-see show of the holiday season.
“It’s no wonder that some fans think of him as Santa Koz…When the curtain lifted Koz and his back-up band launched into ‘Winter Wonderland,’ rocking the song up and making it sound like something the Beatles would have put on one of their fan club Christmas albums in the ’60s,” raved AXS.com. The Indianapolis Star dubbed him “Mr. Christmas” and the Tampa Bay Weekly said, “Koz’s high-energy shows have made him synonymous with the season.”
The 2016 Dave Koz and Friends Christmas tour will feature Dave along with three special guests. Koz will be joined by two tour “alumni” – the irrepressible Jonathan Butler, an “alumni” of the tour, has earned accolades in the R&B, contemporary jazz and gospel fields and recently released a new studio album entitled Free. GRAMMY®-nominated singer/songwriter Kenny Lattimore – hailed by The New York Times as a “modern soul man” – has released seven solo albums including his latest, Anatomy of a Love Song. Acclaimed vocalist Valerie Simpson co-wrote such classic hits such as Ain’t No Mountain High Enough, You’re All I Need to Get By, Reach Out and Touch Somebody’s Hand and Ain’t Nothing Like the Real Thing as half of the songwriting/performing/producing entity Ashford and Simpson. Together, the four musicians will put fresh spins on holiday classics as well as other selections that beautifully capture the spirit of the season.