Bringing you truly fabulous musical entertainment...
Dave Koz & Friends are delighted to be able to cruise in style with you to the French and Italian Riveras. Our 2012 European line-up includes:
Dave Koz - Your Host
In a career spanning nearly two decades, Dave Koz has established himself as a platinum-selling artist, humanitarian, entrepreneur, radio host, and instrumental music advocate. On September 22, 2009, Dave Koz, the six-time Grammy nominee, was honored by the Hollywood Chamber of Commerce with a star in the sidewalk on Hollywood Boulevard's Walk of Fame. The list of artists who Koz has played with bears testament to his talent and includes such musical luminaries as Burt Bacharach, Ray Charles, Natalie Cole, Celine Dion, Kenny Loggins, U2, Michael McDonald, Luther Vandross, and Rod Stewart. With a triumphant career as an artist and radio personality, and the well-earned respect of the recording industry, Dave's artistry, commitment and influence continue to grow. His recent Concord Records release, Hello Tomorrow, features 13 tracks written by Dave and his collaborators, friends and legends and focuses on new beginnings along with a bright future.
More at www.davekoz.com
Special Guest Artists
Michael Bolton is a multiple Grammy Award-winning Singer/Songwriter who has sold more than 53 million albums and singles worldwide. Known for his soulful voice and poignant lyrics, his timeless style, charm and good looks have also earned him a spot in several “People Magazine’s Sexiest Man” issues, including this year’s “Sexiest Man in his 50’s!” Bolton credits his fans with being “the best in the world” and loves nothing more than bringing his timeless hits and classic brand to thrilled fans globally. Michael has received 2 Grammys for Best Pop Male Vocal Performance, 6 American Music Awards, and a Star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. As a songwriter, he has earned over 24 BMI & ASCAP Awards, including Songwriter of the Year, 9 Million-Air awards, andthe Hitmakers Award from the Songwriters Hall of Fame.
More at www.michaelbolton.com
The career of Bob James is long, varied and continues to evolve at every turn. From his first days in Marshall, Missouri, the music of Bob James has captivated audiences throughout the world. He is the founding member of contemporary jazz supergroup Fourplay. James is recognized as one of the progenitors of smooth jazz, however, his music has also had a profound effect on the history of hip hop music, having been sampled often. James also received a Grammy award for his collaboration with David Sanborn on the 1986 album "Double Vision""."
More at www.bobjames.com
Nathan East is a member of Smooth Jazz quartet Fourplay and has recorded, performed and co-written songs with performers such as Eric Clapton, Joe Satriani, Phil Collins, Stevie Wonder, Toto and Herbie Hancock. East has received a range of awards from music industry associations including The British Academy of Songwriters, Composers & Authors most prestigious Ivor Novello Award for co-writing the Collins/Bailey classic hit "Easy Lover""
More at www.nathaneast.com
Harvey Mason's precision time keeping and versatility have placed him among the most in-demand and most recorded session drummers of all-time. His tumbling tom-tom fills and the lickity slick synchronization between his hi-hat cymbals, snare and bass drums are instantly recognizable signatures. He has won four 1st place plaques from Modern Drummer magazine’s annual studio poll and has been the first call drummer for the Academy Awards ceremonies on 25 occasions. Flip across your radio dial on any given day and you’re sure to come across a gem that Harvey Mason has polished. “The Mase” remains all over the place!
More at www.harveymason.net
More than just a jazz guitar player, Chuck Loeb is the consummate musician. In a career that spans four decades, he has proven himself to be a versatile composer, arranger and producer in a wide range of musical styles and contexts. In addition to crafting a fine discography of his own and producing albums for a number of other high-profile artists, his resume also includes music for commercial jingles and a variety of television programs and motion pictures.
More at www.chuckloeb.com
Marc Antoine's career boasts many #1 hits on the R&R contemporary jazz charts, as well as topping the Billboard charts. In 1995, R&R elected him Best New Artist of The Year, which was followed by his Gavin Award in 1998. He has also received numerous nominations for jazz awards in the US and Canada. Regularly touring with contemporary jazz artists like Dave Koz, Chris Botti, Jeff Lorber, Jeffrey Osborne, David Benoit, Larry Carlton and others. Marc was honored when George Benson mentioned him as one of his favorite guitarists.
More at www.marcantoine.com
Patti Austin is that rare vocalist who transcends styles and eras with a big voice and personality to match. Whether singing the R&B numbers that marked her early successes, chart-topping pop love songs like “Baby, Come to Me” or exhibiting her jazz chops that took home a Grammy Award in 2008 for Best Jazz Album, “Avant Gershwin,” she remains at the top of her game after more than a half century.
More at pattiaustin.com
Nobody on today's contemporary urban jazz scene knows more about the power of perfect, timely partnerships--or what it takes to keep the #1 hits coming--than Rick Braun. Drawing from the title of the trumpeter, composer and producer's stylistically eclectic, envelope-pushing debut on Artistry Music, All It Takes is finding the groove with his friends and fellow greats. Before embarking on a solo career, Braun got his start by playing in several bands, including guitarist Jeff Golub's Avenue Blue. In 2005, he and saxophonist Richard Elliot co-founded ARTizen Music Group. Less known is the fact that he's been a singer, and a good one (backing Rod Stewart and Sade among others, with vocals as well as his stellar trumpet) for most of his life, as well.
More at www.rickbraun.com
GRAMMY Award winner Norman Brown is on close intimate terms with his audience. For almost two decades, it has been an engaging, mutually rewarding relationship, with the multitalented guitarist, composer and singer offering tasty sonic tidbits of classic R&B and contemporary jazz and his fans melting into satisfied aural bliss with every succulent, jazz inflected note.
More at www.normanbrown.com
South African expatriate Jonathan Butler isn't really a jazz artist, but his laid-back, slightly jazz-tinged approach to R&B/pop has earned the singer/guitarist/songwriter/producer a lot of supporters in the urban contemporary, adult contemporary, quiet storm, and smooth jazz/NAC markets. He has been nominated for 3 Grammy Awards.
More at www.jonathanbutler.com
There is only one Brian Culbertson. His shows have been described as electrifying, his ability to communicate on keyboards and trombone is unparalleled and he is consistently reinventing himself both in the studio and out with a dizzying schedule and creative workload. And he's only 35! Somehow "Culby" manages to do it all.
More at www.brianculbertson.com
One of the most popular and charismatic saxophonists on the contemporary jazz scene, Lington has performed for royalty and sold-out crowds around the world. A hardcore cigar aficionado, Lington currently writes a regular column called “Cigar Stories” in Wine and Jazz Magazine. He is also involved with Create Now, a non-profit that provides vital arts mentoring programs which have impacted over 18,000 troubled kids in Southern California.
More at www.michaellington.com
Paul Brown's talents as producer/engineer have earned him two Grammy Awards and an impressive string of more than 40 number one hits on Radio & Records' smooth jazz chart. In an illustrious career spanning over two decades, Brown has worked on projects for such influential artists as George Benson, Al Jarreau, Kirk Whalum, Patti Austin, Norman Brown, Luther Vandross, Larry Carlton, Euge Groove, Boney James, Rick Braun, and Peter White, among many others.
More at www.paulbrownjazz.com
Blind since birth, Raul Midón is a contemporary soul singer whose impassioned acoustic guitar playing -- a mix of rock, classical, and flamenco -- has gotten him just as much attention as his smooth voice. It’s rare that an artist arrives onto the pop music scene so fully loaded with the kind of hit-making potential that singer-composer-guitarist Raul Midón possesses.
More at raulmidon.com
Jim Caruso’s Cast Party is a wildly popular weekly soiree that brings a sprinkling of Broadway glitz and urbane wit to the legendary Birdland in New York City every Monday night. It’s a cool cabaret night-out enlivened by a hilariously impromptu variety show. Showbiz superstars hit the stage alongside up-and-comers, serving up jaw-dropping music and general razzle-dazzle.
More at castpartynyc.com
Comedian: Ralph Harris
Ralph Harris is one of today's hottest comedic and acting talents! Currently the Host of the brand new Culinary Competition My Momma Throws Down on the TVOne network. He was featured in the movies DREAMGIRLS and EVAN ALMIGHTY. Ralph's jump to the big screen comes after years of successful television work, including appearances on Seinfeld, The Parent 'Hood, Nick Freno, Living Single and In Living Color. Ralph has been featured on The Tonight Show Starring Jay Leno and Late Night with Conan O'Brien. Ralph is probably best known for his starring role in the ABC-TV sitcom “On Our Own” and for his TV specials – Comedy Central Presents and the HBO Half-Hour Comedy Special.
More at ralphharris.com
DW3 is one of the most enthusiastic, smooth, new sounding bands in the Los Angeles area. Eric, William and Damon are the three harmonious voices that bring this high energy R&B Jazz and Latin Soul band to life. DW3 is comprised of outstanding musicians which consist of Keyboards, Percussions, Drums, Bass and Guitar. The group just finished its third album “On the Floor” produced by Two Time Grammy Award Winner Paul Brown and Marcus Miller.
More at dw3soul.com
Gregg Karukas just won a Grammy Award as producer, co-writer and arranger of this year's Best New Age Album, Omar Akram's "Echoes of Love". Gregg's 11 solo CDs have garnered consistently solid reviews for his signature piano touch, pristine production, and melodies that are both soulful and sophisticated. Always in demand as a musical director and keyboardist, Gregg has received multiple Best Keyboardist nominations at the Oasis and National Smooth Jazz Awards. Gregg's uplifting attitude shows in his concerts, as he has emerged over the years as one of the genre's most dynamic and inspiring live performers since he first took the stage in 1987 with the original Rippingtons and toured through the years with superstars Boney James, Rick Braun, Peter White and Larry Carlton.
More at www.karukas.com
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