December 22, 2016 at San Jose Civic in San Jose.
Nine-time GRAMMY® nominee and saxophonist extraordinaire Dave Koz and a trio of special guests – Jonathan Butler, Kenny Lattimore and Ashford & Simpson’s Valerie Simpson – will capture the magic of Christmas in the 19th anniversary edition of Koz’s holiday tour, making a stop at The City National Civic in San Jose on December 22.
“It’s no wonder that some fans think of him as Santa Koz…When the curtain lifted Koz and his back-up band launched into ‘Winter Wonderland,’ rocking the song up and making it sound like something the Beatles would have put on one of their fan club Christmas albums in the ’60s,” raved AXS.com. The Indianapolis Star dubbed him “Mr. Christmas” and the Tampa Bay Weekly said, “Koz’s high-energy shows have made him synonymous with the season.”
Koz – who has charted nine No. 1 albums on Billboard’s Current Contemporary Jazz Album chart, including 2015’s Collaborations: 25th Anniversary Collection (Concord Records), and has released five holiday albums – has assembled another stellar lineup for 2016. The irrepressible Jonathan Butler, an “alumni” of the tour, has earned accolades in the R&B, contemporary jazz and gospel fields and recently released a new studio album entitled Free. GRAMMY-nominated singer/songwriter Kenny Lattimore – hailed by The New York Times as a “modern soul man” – has released seven solo albums, including his latest, Anatomy of a Love Song. Acclaimed vocalist Valerie Simpson co-wrote such classic hits such as, “Ain’t No Mountain High Enough,” “You’re All I Need to Get By,” “Reach Out and Touch Somebody’s Hand” and “Ain’t Nothing Like the Real Thing” as half of the songwriting/performing/producing entity Ashford and Simpson. She recently released a new solo album, Dinosaurs Are Coming Back Again. Together, the four remarkable artists will put fresh spins on holiday classics as well as other selections that beautifully capture the spirit of the season.