Dave Koz and Friends

25th Anniversary Christmas Tour

 

Dave Koz and Friends announce the 25th anniversary edition of the longest-running jazz-based Christmas tour. Kicking off on November 25 (Black Friday), the tour includes a stop at San Jose Civic, Thursday, December 22, and features chart-topping, GRAMMY®-nominated saxophonist Dave Koz along with trumpeter Rick Braun and guitarist Peter White – artists that accompanied him on the road in the earliest years of the tour – as well as pianist Keiko Matsui and vocalist Rebecca Jade. Tickets for the San Jose Civic date are available via Ticketmaster Friday, Sept. 30, at 10AM

 

The annual tradition began as a simple six-city tour with David Benoit that coincided with the 1997 release of Koz’s first Christmas album – December Makes Me Feel This Way. This year, they’ll be playing 23 cities. While each year of the tour has been unique, the quintet has lots of surprises in store for 2022. For starters, they’ll be giving songs from the forthcoming companion album Christmas Ballads (25th Anniversary Collection) their live debut.

Set for release on September 23, Christmas Ballads is Koz’s eighth holiday album. The collection contains 10 songs that he has never recorded before – including “Wrapped Up In Your Smile,” which he wrote with the album’s producer and arranger, Philippe Saisse, and an inspiring mash-up of John Lennon’s “Happy Xmas (War Is Over)” and ”Imagine” that features Rebecca Jade on vocals. Listen to the medley HERE. Longtime collaborators David Benoit, Rick

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