Dave Koz and Friends
Christmas Tour 2021
Dave Koz, saxophone
Jonathan Butler, guitar and vocals
Rick Braun, trumpet and vocalist
Richard Elliot, saxophone
Rebecca Jade, vocalist
“Santa Koz” is coming to town! Swing into the spirit of the season with saxophonist extraordinaire Dave Koz — an Artis—Naples favorite. “By all rights, smooth jazz should own the holiday season, and saxophonist Dave Koz is better positioned than anyone to make it so,” observed The New York Times, while The El Paso Times said, “Some might say it wouldn’t be Christmas without Santa, but in El Paso, it’s not Christmas until Dave Koz comes to town.” Joined by a talented group of friends, Dave Koz returns to heat up Hayes Hall with the smoothest saxophone music of the holiday season.
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In a career that spans more than three decades, saxophonist Dave Koz has racked up an astoundingly impressive array of honors and achievements: nine Grammy® nominations, nine No. 1 albums on Billboard’s Current Contemporary Jazz Albums chart, numerous world tours, playing for multiple presidents, a Star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame and more. A platinum-selling artist, Koz is also known as a humanitarian, entrepreneur, radio host, instrumental music advocate and restaurateur.
Born and raised in Los Angeles’ San Fernando Valley, Koz initially saw the saxophone as a way to gain entry into his big brother’s band. What began as a ploy became a lifelong obsession. After graduating from UCLA with a degree in mass communications, Koz decided to become a professional musician. Within weeks of that decision, he was recruited as a touring member of singer Bobby Caldwell’s band. This was the beginning of an artistic journey that would eventually define the music of Dave Koz as we know it today — smooth, robust and even festive.
Koz tours constantly, never missing a beat, bringing his signature saxophone sound to bear on stages around the globe.