Archive for May 8, 2010

Multi-GRAMMY® nominee and saxophonist extraordinaire Dave Koz and acclaimed singer-songwriter/guitarist Jonathan Butler will be hitting the road this summer, jamming on one another’s biggest hits as well as premiering material from their upcoming studio albums. Drummer/percussionist/vocalist Sheila E., who has toured with artists such as Prince, Cyndi Lauper and Ringo Starr, will be featured as special guest. GRAMMY-winning vocalist Peabo Bryson will also perform on select dates. (See below for itinerary.) The “Dave Koz And Jonathan Butler Together Again 2010” summer tour will kick off on June 17th at Sound Board at Motor City Casino in Detroit, MI. Tickets will be available at

Dave spends nearly every summer on tour, assembling a different group of friends for each outing, and always delivering an inspiring, high-energy show. “Koz…works extremely hard at engaging his audience… treating his horn almost as a dance partner,” said London’s Times in a review of one of his recent shows, hailing his showmanship as “impeccable.”

Koz – who is the bandleader/co-host of the new ION Television variety series “The Emeril Lagasse Show,” airing on Sundays at 8:00 PM ET/PT – is currently recording at Henson Recording Studios (previously A&M Studios) in Hollywood, CA with GRAMMY-winning co-producers Marcus Miller (Miles Davis, Luther Vandross) and John Burk (a producer on Ray Charles’ final studio album, Genius Loves Company). He’ll be giving audiences a preview of songs from the record, set for release this fall by Concord Records. He’ll also be delving into his extensive catalogue, which includes hits such as “You Make Me Smile,” “Faces of the Heart,” “Can’t Let You Go (The Sha La Song)” and “Honey Dipped.” Dave Koz – Greatest Hits debuted at No. 1 in September 2008 on Billboard’s Top Contemporary Jazz Albums chart. It topped the chart for eight weeks and now, a year and a half later, is still in the Top 40.

Multi-GRAMMY nominee Jonathan Butler will feature songs from his new album, So Strong, which will be released on May 11th. The title track (and first Urban AC single) sets the tone for a collection of original songs bursting with hope, joy and romance. Koz plays on the Latin-tinged “Make Room For Me,” the first single at smooth jazz radio.

Butler’s recordings have spanned R&B, contemporary jazz, adult pop and gospel, blending his roots in African music with western pop sensibilities, Born in Cape Town, South Africa, his 1986 debut, Introducing Jonathan Butler, was a Top 10 hit on Billboard’s Top Jazz Albums chart. So Smooth is his 15th solo collection and follows 2007’s Live In South Africa and Brand New Day, which peaked at #6 on the Top Contemporary Jazz and Top Gospel Albums charts respectively, and 2009’s Falling In Love With Jesus: Best Of Worship. Butler was a featured vocalist on Gospel Goes Classical, which hit #2 on both Billboard’s Top Gospel Albums and Top Classical Crossover Albums charts. Fans can look forward to hearing Butler perform such hits as the GRAMMY-nominated “Lies” and “Going Home” on tour this summer.