Dave Koz Enjoying Side By Side Tour with Brian Culbertson
September 3, 2009 - Sax star and accomplished composer Dave Koz and gifted keyboardist, trombonist and composer Brian Culbertson are touring this summer. It’s the Side By Side Tour, launched in July, where they collaborate each other with their bands and promote their latest releases : Dave Koz’ “Great Hits” and Brian Culbertson’s “Bringin Back The Funk”.
As David Koz recently declared to Detroit’s Smooth Jazz radio station, Smooth Jazz V98.7:
“This seems to be something that excited me creatively and also just for the times that we find ourselves in and that is just to hang out with someone, a good friend, and support each other, and be there for each other. So basically we're on stage together the whole time. We put our bands together, so it's two members of my band, two members of his band, we put our music together. There's a natural kind of kinship”.
Beside being a widely popular radio host, Dave Koz, a six-time Grammy Award nominee currently signed to Concord Records, is pledging that his upcoming CD will be a come back to the classic instrumental pop sound he is well known for. Koz will also be honored with a star in the sidewalk on Hollywood Boulevard’s Walk of Fame later this year.
After his tenth successful album “Bringing Back the Funk”, Brian Culbertson’s next CD and DVD will be called “Live from the Inside”. Recorded in the historic Capitol Records A Studio in Hollywood (where legendary artists such as Frank Sinatra and the Beatles recorded), the project will come later this fall.
So finish your summer with plenty of smooth, funky fun and great music with the next “Side By Side Tour” dates (with special guest, famous soul vocalist Peabo Bryson) : For more information : www.brianculbertson.com and www.davekoz.com By Akbar Nour
"A Soulful Christmas Tour": 2nd Edition hosted by Brian Culbertson
November 22, 2007 - The Smooth Jazz Christmas tours season will start with the second edition of "A Soulful Christmas Tour", an all-star cast hosted by keyboardist Brian Culbertson and featuring sax player Gerard Albright and guitarist Nick Colionne. The other musical guests will be famous vocalist Howard Hewitt, who was the former lead singer of mythic funk band Shalamar, and a promising new comer on the Smooth Jazz stage, talented song writer, guitar player and vocalist Victoria White.
This amazing musical coalition will perform holiday favourites, tunes from Brian Culbertson's holiday album "A Soulful Christmas" released last year and hits from the other musicians' catalogues.
As Culbertson puts it: "I am thrilled to be taking "A Soulful Christmas" on the road for the second year in a row. I can't wait to share the stage with this talented group of musicians to celebrate the Holiday season!"
And all the smooth jazz lovers will not have to wait too long, as the performers will take the road and start their US tour on tomorrow, November 23rd in Indianapolis.
For more information: www.asoulfulxmas.com; www.brianculbertson.com.
Culbertson Hosting All Jazz Event
20, 2007 - Brian
Culbertson will be running the show at
the First Annual Inland Empire Jazz Festival
on August 24-26th. The popular multi-instrumentalist
will team up with actress Vivica A. Fox to
host the event at Cucamonga-Guasti Regional
Park in Ontario, California. The big gig this
weekend will be high on variety featuring
Jazz genre's from New Orleans and Dixieland
to Smooth Jazz and Free Funk. Some of the
artists include, Steve
Jackson Jr., Gerald
Albright and even Fox will perform. Proceeds
from the event will benefit Operation REAPP
which helps economically deprived and at-risk
students. Executive Director of the Inland
Empire Jazz Festival, Annetta Bryant says,
"Our company is proud to have been chosen
by Operation REAPP to develop this event as
a fundraiser and to bring awareness to the
education challenges of our youth, who will
be well represented during this event."
- by John
Culbertson's Happy Reunion with Steve Cole
6, 2007 - Two greats are reunited after eight
years. This summer, look for Brian
Culbertson to team up with jazz saxophonist Steve Cole and The Sax Pack, featuring a few other sax
heavyweight players Jeff
Kashiwa and Kim
Waters. The tour just kicked off in Seattle,
on May 25th and will end in Huntington, NY,
September 29, 2007.
speaking about this reunion, Culbertson
stated, "It's been over eight years
since we've shared the stage together and
I can't wait to get out there once again.
The chemistry back then was so strong, there's
no telling what's going to happen this summer!"
a musical prodigy since he took his first
piano lessons at the tender age of eight,
has been on top of the jazz world since
Long Night Out, his debut album which spent
10 consecutive weeks atop the Top Five of
the adult contemporary charts. The gifted
young composer/arranger/pianist and trombonist
has a knack for music with a mature soul.
Influenced by his father, a well-respected
high school jazz band director himself,
he's been able to soar with albums like
Modern Life (1994), After Hours (1995),
Secrets (1997), Something' Bout Love (1999),
Nice & Slow (2001), Come on Up (2003),
It's On Tonite (2005) and his most recent
Soulful Christmas, a collection of holiday
classics and some original material, just
also produced Cole's debut solo album and
is thrilled to be touring with him. It is
bound to be a memorable and HOT experience
to have these two share the stage once again
this summer. - by Francesca
Culbertson's "Soulful Christmas" November
14, 2006 - He's been called "the Barry
White of Smooth Jazz" and he's bringing
his funkiness to the Christmas season. Brian
Culbertson has just released his first
holiday album "Soulful Christmas. The
keyboardist says, ""I definitely
love Christmas time, as a kid that's all we
did thought about all year is wait for Christmas."
As for the selection of the actual tune Culbertson
says that was easy, "I'm just doing a
bunch of songs that I remember as a kid that
got me excited, and doing them in a whole
new way. I think this record will be a whole
new twist to all the Christmas songs."
"Soulful Christmas" is his first
album on GRP. - by Kari Graham
Culbertson Shared His First Gig with Future
Wife Michelle October
20, 2004 - Brian
Culbertson knows how to keep it in the
family his father Jim a long time music educator
tours with his son and it's not surprising
that the multi instrumentalist married a musician.
Michelle is an opera singer, "I met my
wife in music school in college," says
Culbertson. "It was at DePaul University
in Chicago. It was my third year there and
she was a freshmen. Interestingly Culbertson
was introduced to Michelle through the bass
player of his first touring band back in 1994,
'he just happened to live in the same dorm
building as her and so they were friends.
He told her one day "you know what you
would dig this guy.' So she came to my very
first concert." Indeed Culbertson has
the proof, "I have a picture of that
night with me and my band and you can see
the back of her head in the audience"
he says laughing, "It's up on the website
actually. It's on the timeline she's the little
blonde in the audience." You can check
out that picture by clicking
here. The two were married on October
4, 1997. Brian Culbertson is our artist of
the month for October. Read
our now completed interview.
Culbertson - Artist of the Month for October October
1, 2004 - Brian
Culbertson has been surrounded by positive
reinforcement for most of his life but the
young instrumentalist certainly has earned
it. His father Jim Culbertson a long time
music educator was encouraging and focused
on his son's learning. (The two now tour
together) Culbertson is also respected as
a man who knows how to build a hit - earlier
this year he had four tracks on the R&R
Smooth Jazz charts including co-writes on
Dave Koz' "All I See Is you" and
Michael Lington's "Show Me." Brian
Culbertson is our "Artist of the Month"
for October. Read
Culbertson Enjoying The Company Of His
6, 2004 - Remember when you were a kid
with dreams of being a rock star? Oh the
fantasies were great, the roaring crowds,
the parties, the women! At any point in
that fantasy did your dad show up? Well,
he has in Brian
Culbertson's world. The Smooth Jazz
multi instrumentalist has his dad Jim
in the band. "He's been out with
us for over a year now and I'm loving
it." The younger Culbertson told
Smooth Jazz Now, "It's fantastic,
people go nuts when I announce him on
stage." And what's it like touring
with your dad? "It's great, every
time we go out for a weekend we sit down
and have lunch together so even though
we live two thousand miles apart we still
get to hang out as if we lived down the
street. I probably see him more now than
I did when I lived in Chicago." Culbertson
says he owes his father a lot for introducing
him to so much great music as a youngster.
"He was playing this music in the
house ever since I was a kid starting
back to the old beginnings of the Contemporary
Jazz scene. Chick Corea was a big influence
and the Brecker Brothers, The
Yellowjackets and David
Sanborn of course. The other side
of it was Earth
Wind and Fire and Chicago."
Culbertson will be our 'Artist of the
Month for October. Watch for our interview
coming soon.Culbertson is
currently on tour check
out his concert dates.
Culbertson Back In The Studio
23, 2004 - Brian
Culbertson seems to have a pretty good
work ethic by keeping himself very busy!
The multi-instrumentalist is back in the
studio this time working with Maurice White
Wind & Fire on his next solo album.
Interestingly Culbertson enters our Canadian
chart this week with a second single
in our top 25 which just happens to be a
cover of the legendary bands "Serpentine
Fire." Culbertson will also appear
on Steve Cole and Michael
Lington's next projects as well on a
special Luther Vandross tribute album featuring
a host of other Smooth Jazz acts. Also look
for Culbertson on the road in the next few
months with his dad Jim on Trumpet and Lington
on Saxophone. The multi-instrumentalist
will appear on opening night at the Berks
Jazz Festival in Reading, Pennsylvania and
the City of Lights Jazz Festival in Vegas
in March and the Playboy
Jazz Festival at the Hollywood Bowl
in June. Culbertson is also charting with "Say What" from his seventh
album, "Come On Up." We also want
to wish Brian a happy
birthday, he turned 31 on January 12th.
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