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Ken Navarro Makes it Two-In-A-Row on Top the Smooth Jazz Now Chart With Ruby Lane
May 5, 2014 - Congrats to Ken Navarro and his newest hit 'Ruby Lane." The popular guitarist has now hit the top of the charts two weeks in a row. "Ken is a scary guitarist," says John Beaudin Operations Manager of Smooth Jazz Now. "There are not many people on this planet who can play like that." MORE

Ken Navarro Back on Top the Smooth Jazz Now Chart With Ruby Lane
April 28, 2014 - Ken Navarro has always been a favorite on Smooth Jazz Now. He was one of our original announcers when we launched our radio station years ago and his music has always had a sweet spot with our audience. "Ken is one of the most talented acts in Jazz and an insanely talented guitarist," says John Beaudin Operations Manager of Smooth Jazz Now. MORE

It's a Hat Trick for Pete Gitlin - Three Weeks At #1 with "Epiphany" on Smooth Jazz Now Charts
April 21, 2014 - Congrats to Pete Gitlin! His new hit 'Epiphany' has stayed on the Smooth Jazz Now charts for three straight weeks. "This is certainly a special song for the format," says John Beaudin Operations Manager of Smooth Jazz Now. "I knew right away that Pete had plugged into something special with this tune." MORE

Pete Gitlin Has Staying Power with "Epiphany," #1 For Two Weeks on Smooth Jazz Now Charts
April 11, 2014 - Could this be a sign that the Smooth Jazz audience wants more variety? Pete Gitlin's latest single release 'Epiphany,' which is not really a Smooth Jazz tune, has truly connected with our listeners. MORE

Pete Gitlin Has an "Epiphany" at #1 on Smooth Jazz Now Charts
April 4, 2014 - The new #1 song on Smooth Jazz Now isn't really Smooth Jazz but it sure sounds great in the genre. Pete Gitlin's "Epiphany" (featuring Lea Cappelli) has made it to the top spot in only seven weeks. 'Pete's music has always spoken to our audience,' Says John Beaudin, Operations Manager of Smooth Jazz Now, "His way with melody is amazing," MORE

Nick Colionne Scores Hat Trick with Three Weeks at #1 on Smooth Jazz Now Charts
March 28, 2014 - We are certainly overstating the obvious when we say that Smooth Jazz Now listeners love Nick Colionne! His hit "Got to Keep it Moving" is #1 for it's third week in a row. "We love Nick," says John Beaudin, Operations Manager of Smooth Jazz Now, "This is the most requested tune on our station right now." MORE

Nick Colionne Has Legs - Keeps it at #1 on Smooth Jazz Now Charts
March 21, 2014 - Nick Colionne had no trouble staying at #1 with "Got To Keep It Moving" on the Smooth Jazz Now Top 50 Countdown. The guitarist has only been on our chart for 5 weeks and two of those in the top spot. "Nick is everything that's good in this format," says John Beaudin Operations Manager of Smooth Jazz Now, "his tunes always have strong reactions with our listeners."MORE

Nick Colionne Has the First Big Hit of Spring - Reaching #1 on Smooth Jazz Now Charts
March 14, 2014 - As spring is almost upon us Nick Colionne has stepped up with what could be one of the biggest hits of the 3-4 months. His "Got to Keep It Moving" has made it to the top spot in just four weeks. "Nick has a huge following here at SmoothJazzNow says Operations Manager John Beaudin. MORE

March 8, 2014 - video review of Jim Samuel "NOW"

REVIEW – Jim Samuel – NOW – Jim Samuel Productions
March 7, 2014 – One thing's for sure this sounds like nothing you have heard before. What's been the big complaint in Smooth Jazz? Everything sounds the same? Sometimes it does. MORE



Chieli Minucci & Special EFX Makes it Three Weeks at #1 on Smooth Jazz Now Charts
March 7, 2014 - Looks like we have our first bona fide hit of 2014 from Chieli Minucci and Special EFX. "Blue Lagoon" easily beat out the pack by hitting #1 for a third straight week. "We have a fast rising hit from Nick Colionne," says John Beaudin Operations Manager of Smooth Jazz Now, "But Chieli and company held firm." MORE

 

SMOOTH JAZZ NOW CHART FOR May 5, 2014

TM LM ARTIST SONG
1 1 Ken Navarro Ruby Lane (two weeks at #1)
2 4 Braxton Brothers Know You Better
3 7 Nathan East Daft Funk (HOT SINGLE PICK)
4 2 Les Sabler A Felicidade
5 8 Brandon Willis Stay With Me
6 3 Pete Gitlin Epiphany For The Children (featuring Lea Cappelli) (#1 for three week)
7 14 Vincent Ingala Kimi Trick (feat. Jonathan Fritzen)
8 5 Phil Perry Where is the Love
9 22 Geoff McBride Love Is The Answer
10 6 Phil Denny Crossover (HOT SINGLE PICK)
Check out the whole chart here
SMOOTH JAZZ NOW TOP 30 COUNTDOWN
 
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New Interviews

Jim Samuel Reaches Higher Levels....Fast
January 28, 2014 – It's always great to start a new year with momentum and Jim Samuel is hitting the ground running. The keyboardist has just released his sophomore album “NOW” and all the buzz is showing signs of an even bigger success than his “Smooth Covers, Smooth Dance.” We sat down with Samuel to catch up. MORE

John Beaudin Video Interview with Jim Samuel hits 4500 in only 3 Weeks CLICK HERE TO WATCH

 

 



INTERVIEW - One-On-One with Jim Samuel
March 27, 2013 - With the release of Jim Samuel's new album 'Smooth Covers, Smooth Dance' last week and our 90-minute radio special on his career we thought we would delve a little deeper into what makes Samuel tick. MORE

10 Things You Might Not Know About Mike MacArthur
March 26, 2013 - Mike MacArthur has an impressive resume. Playing with Diane Schuur and the late great Maynard Ferguson creates great cache for an artist.
We asked MacArthur for a few more quirky facts about his career that we might not know. Here is what he served up. MORE

INTERVIEW - One-On-One (20 Questions) with Wayne Wesley Johnson
December 13, 2012 – SmoothJazzNow has a new artist/interview feature called One-On-One. It’s 20 questions for your favorite Smooth Jazz artists. Most acts will be asked the same questions but we will also change it up on some weeks. MORE

INTERVIEW - One-On-One (20 Questions) with Greg Adams
December 13, 2012 – Greg Adams has been out there. Even though many fans know him from his days with Tower of Power that stint seemed to be just an opening act for what was to come. MORE

INTERVIEW - 10 Things You Might Not Know About Pete Gitlin
December 11, 2012 - It's been a great year for Pete Giltin. The guitarist reached #1 on the SmoothJazzNow.com chart and there's no sign of him slowing down. We asked Pete to give us some rare facts - things you might not know about him. Check out the list. MORE

New Reviews

John Beaudin's Interview with Rob Tardik hits 12,000 Hits on YouTube in Just One Month -
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HOT SINGLE PICK - Rob Tardik - "One World" - Tardik Talks New Album LIMITLESS with Smooth Jazz Now

March 27, 2013 – They say “everything is perception” and from the start our image of Rob Tardik has been hard working and positive. With the release of his fourth album LIMITLESS, later this year, we thought we would catch up with Tardik and ask about the sound of the new project. MORE

REVIEW - Mike MacArthur – Feels Like Home (4 out of 5 Stars)
March 2, 2013 – I think the reputation of a music reviewer is that of a bitter and jaded curmudgeon living in a van down by the river. Years ago after writing a blistering review of a project that sounded half finished the artist approached me at a club and screamed, “You must spend a lot of time looking for things to hate?” “Actually it's the opposite, I answered, “I use my hours looking for the good stuff, 3/4 of the trip, however, is filled cliched blah!” MORE

Review - Terry Wollman - A Joyful Noise - Mango Eater Music (4 Stars out of 5)
November 18, 2012 - Christmas music is a unique animal. A challenging one. Imagine explaining the concept to an alien, "So we celebrate this holiday and musicians, at least once in their careers, get to record the same 30-40 songs and hope that their versions sticks," MORE

REVIEW - Bob Baldwin – Presents Betcha By Golly Wow – The Songs of Thom Bell – Peak Records (**2 out of 5 STARS)
May 1, 2012 - We live in a world where most instrumental music sounds like it was made for a 5x5 vertically moving room and that includes some Smooth Jazz. Interestingly, most Smooth Jazz musicians are technically some of the best players on the planet but many have fallen into this big vacuous hole, an amnesic state, where channelling Bert Kaempfert is common place. MORE

REVIEW - Esperanza Spalding – Radio Music Society (****4 out of 5 Stars) – Heads Up – Concord Music Group
April 4, 2012 – Esperanza Spalding is a groovy chick. I mean, really, when she’s in the room, everyone else disappears and I’m talkin’ more than that big “love-sculpture” hair. She’s the type of musician you might walk up to at a party, ask about her music, and walk away three hours later regretting the question. This lady has a vision so you better have a seat. MORE

Kennard Ramsey – Somos – 5 out of 5
October 20, 2011 – This is no ordinary album. In fact, there is nothing normal about this album and that’s what makes this one of the most perfect projects that’s ever come across my desk. MORE

REVIEW: Colbie Caillat – All of You - Universal Republic
– On her third album Colbie Caillat has decided to strategically give us an uptempo summer-vibe. It still sounds like her smash debut “Coco” but this time it’s Colbie with caffeine and it’s positive and fun. Caillat co-wrote every tune on the album with different famous, mostly behind-the-scenes songsmiths.. MORE

REVIEW - Michael Franks – Time Together – Shanachie Records
– There are not too many things in life as deliciously lazy as Michael Franks voice. The guy could chill out someone on deaths door. Seriously, angst has no place on a Michael Franks record – he’s good at one great thing..making you feel good! MORE

 

 

Dave Koz Releasing First Live Album

January 26, 2013 – Dave Koz, the eight- time Grammy nominee, is set to release his first live album. The sax-man will unveil 'Live at the Blue Note Tokyo' through Concord Records on February 12th. The live set was recorded in Japan in 2011 and the features over a dozen songs.

“I feel so fortunate to have spent my professional life on the road, touring all over the world, doing shows for almost 25 years now,” Koz says. “I love it. I’ve gotten to see many amazing places, learned so much, and met so many truly wonderful people. A lifetime on the road…it’s been a real blessing. This CD, my very first live record, captures one magical night of that lifetime and I wanted to share it with you.”

To sweeten the pot, 'Live at the Blue Note Tokyo' has also been nominated for a Grammy award for 'Best Pop Instrumental Album'. – By Shannon Edwards

Track listing for Dave Koz’s Live at the Blue Note Tokyo:

1. What You Leave Behind

2. Together Again

3. Put The Top Down

4. Let It Free

5. Anything’s Possible

6. Love Is On The Way

7. It’s Always Been You

8. All I See Is You

9. Honeydipped

10. Faces Of The Heart

11. Silverlining

12. You Make Me Smile


 

Dave Koz & Friends Jazz Up Christmas

November 17, 2012 - Get ready for a fun-filled night the whole family can enjoy! Dave Koz will be bringing some Christmas cheer along with guests, David Benoit, Sheila E, Javier Colon and Margo Rey.

The Nov 24th celebration at Ruth Eckerd Hall will be jammed packed with tunes of Christmas favorites and up tempo arrangements. Dave Koz has also joined up with Ruth Eckerd Hall to help the homeless by hosting a canned food drive.

It’s easy, donate three canned goods and receive a coupon for $10 a ticket to Dave Koz. Drop off and redemption at Ruth Eckerd Hall during business hours only. Some restrictions may apply.

Go to http://www.rutheckerdhall.com/event/dave-koz-smooth-jazz-christmas/11252/ for more information. – By Shannon Edwards

 

“A Jazz Fete” With Dave Koz and Friends Sold Out!

November 7, 2012- This Friday many are joining saxophonist Dave Koz, Patrick Bradley and friends for a holiday celebration benefiting the Grammy Foundation at the House of Rock.

This all comes together at the Whole Foods Market in Santa Monica, CA where guests will be able to enjoy holiday favorite foods surrounded by the beautiful sound of Smooth Jazz.

Guests will also have the opportunity to taste new vintages of Koz wines and there is sure to be something festive for everyone.

Go to www.ajazzfete2012.eventbrite.com for upcoming events and schedules. - By Shannon Edwards                                                                                                                           

 

Cookies For A Koz Goes Nationwide!
July 10, 2012- Congrats to saxophonist Dave Koz’s sister, Roberta, who is making her famous chocolate chip cookies available nationwide! You can find them at TJ MAXX, Marshalls stores and online as well.

Roberta is donating a portion of the sales to the Starlight Children's Foundation in memory of their mother Audrey Koz, who created the cookie recipe and is the motivation behind 'Cookies For A Koz.'

Meanwhile, Dave is out performing this summer along with gospel star BeBe Winans, for their "Brothers From Another Mother" tour. Their next stop is in San Antonio, Texas on July 20. -By Shannon Edwards

Dave Koz- Ultimate Christmas Collection & Tour
November 15, 2011 - Dave Koz fans are thrilled with his fourth Christmas album. All the songs on his new release “Ultimate Christmas” are compilations from his three previous holiday albums. Now this is ringing in the festivities Koz style!

The Collection features 18 holiday classics and special appearances on vocals by Kelly Sweet and Kimberley Locke.  Koz also throws in two brand new instrumentals with: “Welcoming the Season and “Welcoming the New Year.”

Dave Koz and Friends Christmas Tour 2011 starts on November 25th at Cobb Energy Performing Arts Center in Atlanta, GA. What a better way to kick off the 14th anniversary of the tour than to be joined by a great line- up featuring Rick Braun, Jonathan Butler and Candy Dulfer . Each artist will bring to the table their own hits and jam together on many holiday favorites.  Check out the tour dates below. – By Shannon Edwards

Dave Koz and Friends Christmas Tour 2011:

November 2011
11/25 Atlanta, GA Cobb Energy Performing Arts Center
11/26 Sarasota, FL Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall
11/27 West Palm Beach, FL Raymond F. Kravis Center for the Arts-Dreyfoos Hall
11/28 Naples, FL Philharmonic Center for the Arts
11/29 Melbourne, FL Maxwell C. King Center
11/30 Clearwater, FL Ruth Eckerd Hall

 December 2011
12/2 Chicago, IL Auditorium Theatre
12/3 Columbus, OH Palace Theatre
12/4 Cleveland, OH Playhouse Square
12/5 North Bethesda, MD Strathmore Music Center
12/6 Newport News, VA Ferguson Center for the Arts
12/7 New Brunswick, NJ State Theatre
12/9 Temecula, CA Pechanga Resort and Casino
12/10 Oakland, CA Paramount Theatre
12/14 Mesa, AZ Mesa Arts Center/Ikeda Theatre
12/15 Palm Desert, CA McCallum Theatre for the Performing Arts
12/16 Cerritos, CA Cerritos Center for the Performing Arts
12/17 Cerritos, CA Cerritos Center for the Performing Arts
12/18 El Paso, TX Plaza Theatre Performing Arts Center
12/20 Santa Barbara, CA The Granada Theatre
12/21 Modesto, CA Gallo Center for the Arts
12/22 Santa Rosa, CA Wells Fargo Center for the Arts
12/23 San Diego, CA Balboa Theatre

 

 

Dave Koz Announces Extensive Touring
May 5, 2011 – Looks like Dave Koz is ready to clear out his fridge! The guy won’t be home much this year. The saxophonist has just released his new extensive tour schedule, which includes at least three different tours including his popular Christmas dates.

Koz gets things started on June 17th with the summer leg of his “Hello Tomorrow 2011” tour at One World Theatre in Austin, TX and concludes on August 14th in his hometown of Los Angeles at the Hollywood Bowl.

Lets not forget his popular “Dave Koz & Friends at Sea Cruise” which happens between August 26 and September 2nd. The trip goes to Alaska from Barcelona, Spain, Naples, Rome, Florence, and areas in France.

His Dave Koz and Friends tour starts on November 25 at Cobb Energy Performing Arts Center in Atlanta, GA. This time around Rick Braun, Jonathan Butler and Candy Dulfer will be in the fold.

Koz will also release “Live in Soho” on iTunes on June 14th. Recorded at Apples store in NYC, the six tunes cover some of his fan favorites including two tunes from the new album “Hello Tomorrow.” - By John Beaudin

Dave Koz - 2011 Tour Dates

Spring 2011
5/13 Sacramento, CA Radisson Hotel
5/14 Palm Springs, CA Palm Springs Smooth Jazz Festival
5/15 Newport Beach, CA Hyatt Regency Jazz Festival

Summer 2011
6/17 Austin, TX One World Theatre
6/18 Houston, TX House of Blues
6/19 Dallas, TX Meyerson Symphony Center
7/8 Las Vegas, NV Boulder Station Hotel and Casino
7/9 Temecula, CA Thornton Winery
7/10 Temecula, CA Thornton Winery
7/15 Richmond, VA Kanawha Music Festival
7/16 Apple Valley, MN Weesner Amphitheater
7/17 Beausejour, MB Lyric Theatre**
7/21 Westbury, NY Theatre at Westbury
7/22 Verona, NY Turning Stone Resort Casino
7/23 Columbus, OH 2011 Jazz and Rib Fest
7/24 Winter Park, CO Winter Park Jazz Festival
8/5 Hammond, IN The Venue at Horseshoe Casino
8/10 Napa, CA Napa Valley Opera House
8/11 Fresno, CA Tower Theatre
8/12 San Diego, CA Humphrey's
8/13 San Jose, CA San Jose Jazz Festival
8/14 Hollywood, CA Hollywood Bowl

Dave Koz and Friends Christmas Tour 2011
With Special Guests Rick Braun, Jonathan Butler and Candy Dulfer

11/25 Atlanta, GA Cobb Energy Performing Arts Center
11/26 Sarasota, FL Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall
11/27 West Palm Beach, FL Raymond F. Kravis Center for the Arts - Dreyfoos Hall
11/28 Naples, FL Philharmonic Center for the Arts
11/29 Melbourne, FL Maxwell C. King Center
11/30 Clearwater, FL Ruth Eckerd Hall
12/2 Chicago, IL Auditorium Theatre
12/3 Columbus, OH Palace Theatre
12/4 Cleveland, OH Playhouse Square
12/5 North Bethesda, MD Strathmore Music Center
12/6 Newport News, VA Ferguson Center for the Arts
12/7 New Brunswick, NJ State Theatre
12/9 Temecula, CA Pechanga Resort and Casino
12/10 Oakland, CA Paramount Theatre
12/14 Mesa, AZ Mesa Arts Center/Ikeda Theatre
12/15 Palm Desert, CA McCallum Theatre for the Performing Arts
12/16 Cerritos, CA Cerritos Center for the Performing Arts
12/17 Cerritos, CA Cerritos Center for the Performing Arts
12/18 El Paso, TX Plaza Theatre Performing Arts Center
12/20 Santa Barbara, CA The Granada Theatre
12/21 Modesto, CA Gallo Center for the Arts
12/22 Santa Rosa, CA Wells Fargo Center for the Arts
12/23 San Diego, CA Balboa Theatre

 

Dave Koz Presents His New Album “Hello Tomorrow” on Smooth Jazz Now
October 7, 2010 – Smooth Jazz Now is proud to present Dave Koz’ highly anticipated new album “Hello Tomorrow” premiering today at noon (eastern). Koz will visit the Smooth Jazz Now studios and join host and station Program Director John Beaudin as they play the album in its entirety.

“It’s always a special occasion when Dave releases a new album,” says Beaudin, “But this new project surpasses everything he’s ever done, he’s found a new pocket that still revisits his best sound of the past and a whole new bag of tricks. “Hello Tomorrow” actually sounds like a ‘Greatest Hits’ album, that’s how good it is.”

Beaudin and Koz will present a special edition of the popular FULL SPIN program that highlights new albums each week.

The “Hello Tomorrow” FULL SPIN program will air live today at Noon (Eastern) and repeated at the shows regular time of 7PM on Friday. It will also be repeated on Saturday and Sunday at 3PM and on the album’s release day of Tuesday October 12th at both Noon and 7PM.

Last year Koz sat in with Smooth Jazz Now Mid-day host Cameron Smith.

Koz will also be Beaudin’s guest this week on the Smooth Jazz Now TOP 30 Countdown. Expect to hear 6 songs from “Hello Tomorrow” during the show. – Shannon Edwards

 

 

Dave Koz Reaches No. 1 Spot After Only Six Weeks
Koz Also Set as Special Guest on the Smooth Jazz Now TOP 30 Countdown
October 7, 2010 – It only took sax sensation Dave Koz six weeks to reach the #1 spot on the Smooth Jazz Now TOP 30 Countdown. His “Put the Top Down” received the most response in the last seven days at the station, enough to unseat John Legend who had the top spot for two weeks with “Wake Up Everybody.”

“Obviously everyone is pretty damn happy that Koz is back with this album,” says countdown host and station Program Director John Beaudin, “ But you can’t get to #1 unless the song is great and this whole new album by Dave is fantastic.”

Koz will also serve as the special guest on the countdown this week meaning six tracks will be played from the new CD, which is set for release on Tuesday.

The saxophonist will also be Beaudin’s special guest on FULL SPIN airing at a special time today (Thursday) at 12 (noon Eastern). Koz will sit in with Beaudin and they will present the entire album. More

Dave Koz Starring in Upcoming “Desperate Housewives” Episode
October 5, 2010 - Smooth Jazz saxophonist Dave Koz recently visited Wisteria Lane, and you can see the result on Oct. 24 when he appears in a new episode of ABC’s hit series “Desperate Housewives.” The show began its seventh season on Sept. 26.

Koz’s TV gig just may help drive sales of his upcoming CD, “Hello Tomorrow,” his first for Concord Records. It will be released on Oct. 12 and features the current Smooth Jazz Now hit “Put the Top Down.”  “Now more than ever, getting music exposed on TV seems to be the most effective way of sharing a song – lots of people are calling it the new radio,” said Koz. He said his friendship with executive producer Marc Cherry helped him get “Start All Over Again” on the show, a song featuring vocalist Dana Glover that’s included on “Hello Tomorrow.”

Koz’s gig isn’t just as an extra. “All the pieces just came together for this to happen,” he said. “The right song, the right singer, the right message at the right time. Dana plays a housewife on this episode and Marc wrote it using the song as a thread running through it. We even get to play the song on the show together.  We were pretty nervous, way out of our normal comfort zone of music, but I gotta say it was a blast being on set with all those great folks.”

“Desperate Housewives” stars Teri Hatcher, Felicity Huffman, Marcia Cross and Eva Longoria. Actress and vocalist Vanessa Williams is new to the cast this season.

Koz is no stranger to television. His latest gig was as bandleader for “The Emeril Lagasse Show” on the Ion Network. Koz composed and recorded the theme song for the one-hour variety show, and “Emeril’s Theme” marked the second television theme song penned by Koz – his “Faces of the Heart” was used as ABC’s “General Hospital” theme. Koz also frequently sat in with the band on late-night TV host Arsenio Hall’s show. – By Brian Soergel

 

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

Dave Koz Starts Christmas Tour This Week
Nov. 27, 2008 – Dave Koz is almost as dependable as Santa. His Smooth Jazz Christmas tour is a tradition for thousands of fans and this year guitarists Jonathan Butler and Jeff Golub and pianist Keiko Matsui are on board.
Koz says doing Christmas music this year could bring cheer to some troubled people in the US, “It will be very powerful, intimate and emotional this year, due to the state of the country,” he said. “People have been hit hard this year, but there is hopefulness for the future.

Known as one of the most popular Sax players in the biz and one of the most accessible to both radio and fans, Koz is always interested in people, “The holidays reach the core of what makes us human and gives us hope,” he said. “When people come into the Sunrise Theatre, they’ll find a warm, family kind of environment, with nice, fun and inspiring music to make everyone feel warm and happy.’

“Christmas music makes you want to grab onto your favorite slippers, your favorite robe, get into your comfy PJs and relax. Christmas music is musical comfort food.” – by John Rohn
Dave Koz and Company Sell Rendezvous Records
Aug. 18/08 – Though no official statement has been released the word is Dave Koz and his partners have sold Rendezvous Records to Mack Avenue Records. Koz founded the label 6 years ago with former radio programmers Frank Cody and record promo guy, Hyman Katz. So far no word as to how this will affect Rendezvous artists like Wayman Tisdale and Jonathan Butler. Here is what Koz said on the sale, “That’s one of the things that was very, very important to my partners and I, seeing as how we were very dedicated to our artists and our brand. Here was a place that would be a great new home for our artists. We felt very confident with that. And also that the Rendezvous brand, which does stand for something, will continue in the future as well. So those are two parameters that were met, making this feel good for all of us. I don’t think it’s a surprise to anyone to know that the music business over the last couple of years has changed so dramatically, making it virtually impossible for a young, completely independent company to thrive.” – by John Beaudin

Broadcast Architecture’s Smooth Morning show #1 in Tokyo
June 12, 2008 - ‘Smooth Morning’, hosted by saxophonist Dave Koz and programmed by Broadcast Architecture® scores #1 in the ratings in Tokyo for legendary radio station 81.3 J-WAVE. The show launched in April and scored an out of the box 30.3% share in it’s time slot on Friday mornings between 5-6AM. J-WAVE scored big numbers overall with an average 25 share throughout the week. 

BA President Allen Kepler states: “This program is a real joy for our team to program every week.  The music mix is progressive and interesting and features artists like Duffy, Yael Naim, Chris Botti, Coldplay, Adele, Jesse Cook, John Mayer, Newton Faulkner, Corinne Bailey Rae, Colbie Caillat,  Feist, Maroon 5, Mindi Abair, Gavin Rossdale, Ingrid Michaelson and Esperanza Spaulding. It’s like the old days. Each week Michale Hernandez, Lorraine Bergman, Chris Pelton and I dig through new music looking for songs that fit the sound and feel for the show.  Seeing ratings success for J-WAVE is very rewarding to us.”

Host Dave Koz shared: “It’s an honor and privilege for me to be on J-Wave every Friday morning, helping to wake up the great folks in Tokyo with this cool mix of music. I love J-Wave and I adore Japan—and so appreciate the support from everyone at Broadcast Architecture in making this new show a success right out of the box!”

In addition to being a Grammy nominated saxophonist, Koz also hosts the daily syndicated PM Drive show for Broadcast Architecture’s Smooth Jazz Network and is heard in 23 markets across the US including; WNUA Chicago, KKSF San Francisco, KYOT Phoenix, WJJZ Philadelphia and most recently added to the lineup on KOAS Las Vegas and new network affiliate KKHI Denver.

Broadcast Architecture is the world’s leading research, consulting and syndication firm for the Smooth AC / Smooth Jazz format, working with over 30 radio stations across North America. Information and samples of the Smooth Morning show and Smooth Jazz Network programming are available by calling VP of Affiliate Relations Christine Brodie at (818) 461-8017

Dave Koz’ Busy Agenda!
Dave KozMay 15, 2008 - Talented sax player Dave Koz puts all his time and energy in his various musical projects. He is about to embark on a US tour to promote his Grammy-nominated set “At The Movies” featuring a CD and a DVD. The tour starts May 15th in Washington DC.
He is also on the air hosting the nationally syndicated 2-hour weekend radio show “The Dave Koz Radio Show” and the daily “Smooth Jazz Network's” nationally distributed afternoon show.

The multi-faceted musician acts also as a musical entrepreneur, having co-founded the independent record label, Rendezvous Entertainment. He keeps on overseeing activities within the record company.

Already touring this summer to support his project “At The Movies”, the 6 time Grammy Award winner is also preparing his winter tour, the annual Dave Koz & Friends At Sea cruise, that will take place from November 2nd to 9th, departing from Fort Lauderdale in Florida. It will feature a great line up of stellar artists: Eric Benet, Alonzo Bodden, Rick Braun, Jonathan Butler, George Duke, Candy Dulfer, Lynne Fiddmont, Jeff Golub, Euge Groove, Najee, Brian Simpson, U-Nam and Deniece Williams.

And eventually Mr. Koz is putting the finishing touches to his first-ever greatest-hits package, due to be released on Capitol Records at the end of this year.

For more information: www.davekoz.com - By Akbar Nour

Dave Koz Gets Ready for Summer Tour
April 26, 2008 – There are few Smooth Jazz artists who can raise the roof like Dave Koz in concert. The sax sensation takes his big show on the road for another summer tour starting on June 6th in El Paso, Texas and winding down September 27th at the Wave bash at the Greek Theatre in L.A. Koz says, "We've enlarged the band and are raring to go for the summer. It's a chance for us to really break it down, get super-creative and have some serious fun playing for the fans." Koz is also playing big shows with the National Symphony Orchestraat the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C. Oscar winner Marvin Hamlisch will conduct for the May 15th, 16th and 17th shows. – by John Beaudin

 

Big Night for Dave Koz and Smooth Jazz Fans at Grammys
February 9, 2008 - Smooth Jazz fans get a treat for this year's Grammy telecast when superstar saxophonist Dave Koz performs for the first time ever during the 3 hour live telecast. Koz will be performing with rapper Kid Rock. Another first for the Grammys will be the opportunity to watch the distribution of awards for the non televised categories, which include the best Pop Instrumental Album. Dave has received a nomination in that category for his latest release "At the Movies" as well as in the Best Pop Instrumental Performance for "Over The Rainbow." Other smooth jazz artists who have receive nominations are Chris Botti for "Ítalia," Kirk Whalum for "Roundtrip" and Spyro Gyra for "Good to Go-Go" all in the Pop Instrumental category. In the Contemporary Jazz category, nominees include Patti Austin for "Avant Gershwin," Jeff Lorber for "He Had a Hat" and Brian Bromberg for "Downright Uptight". Saxophonist Michael Brecker also receives a posthumous nomination for final album "Pilgrimage." Congratulations to all the artists who have received nominations. Don't miss Dave Koz's live performance on the Grammys on Sunday February 10, 2008 at 8pm on CBS. You may watch the non televised portions of the ceremony bygoing to www.grammy.com between 1:00pm and 3:30pm PST time on Sunday. - by Joy Hall

 

Dave Koz to Present at 19th Annual Pollstar Concert Industry Awards
January 31, 2008 - Every year the UK and US concert industry known as "Pollstar" holds its awards in a ceremony called the "Annual Pollstar Concert Industry Awards". This year's 19th Pollstar Awards will be held in Los Angeles on February 7, 2008 at the Nokia Theatre in Los Angeles. As in previous years, there will be an eclectic mix of celebrity presenters. Among them feature sax player Dave Koz and guitarist Ray Parker Jr. Others artists designated to hand out touring honors are guitarist Steve Vai; singer-songwriter B.J. Thomas; musical parodist "Weird" Al Yankovic; and vocalists Roberta Flack, Paula Cole, and Josh Groban, among others. In the performance categories, Stevie Wonder and the Police are clashing with Hannah Montana/Miley Cyrus, Bruce Springsteen & the E Street Band, Justin Timberlake, and Van Halen for Major Tour Of The Year. For more information: www.pollstarpro.com/cic2008 - By Akbar Nour

Dave Koz Designs Swarovski Star to Benefit Starlight Foundation
November 6, 2007 - Saxophonist Dave Koz, whose Holiday CD "Memories of a Winter's Night, was released in September, is continuing to spread holiday cheer by decorating a holiday Swarovski Star, with his nieces Taylor & Jenna, that is being auctioned on Ebay to benefit the Starlight Foundation. The ornament stars are 23 inches with glittering Swarovski pieces crystals, necklaces and silk Among other celebrities to decorate stars are singer Patti Austin, model Christie Brinkley, and boxer Laila Ali. To place a bid on Dave's star on any of the other celebrity stars, go to www.ebay.com/swarovski. Not only will 100% of the proceeds from the Ebay auction go to the Starlight Foundation, but Swarovski will donate $250,000 to the Foundation as well. Koz is currently sailing the Caribbean on his annual Dave Koz and Friends and Sea Cruise. The Dave Koz 10th Anniversary Smooth Jazz Christmas kicks off on November 23rd in Lake Tahoe with guitarist Jonathan Butler, bassist Wayman Tisdale and vocalist/ American Idol finalist Kimberly Locke. - by Joy Hall