Dave Koz may not be a household name, but his material dates all the way back to 1990 with his debut self-titled release. Now, nearly three decades into his career and roughly 15 albums deep into his catalog, Dave Koz has enough longevity to pack a venue and enough material to create a dynamic setlist.
First of all, 2013 saw the release of a grand collaborative album with Gerald Albright, Mini Abair, Richard Elliot, and Dave Koz. The release marks the highest charting record Koz was a major part of, and he is taking advantage of its recognition by continuing a tour into 2014.
The album consists of a whole lot of covers and Koz, along with his backing band, erupt into an assortment of jazz-oriented covers of Summer Horns material. He often begins by playing the first three songs from Summer Horns back to back, leading you to believe him and the group will simply play through the whole album. He then switches it up with “Hot Fun in the Summertime” by Sly & The Family Stone. This song is also on the album, though a few tracks deeper.
From there, he performs a cover of Stevie Wonder’s “You Haven’t Done Nothin’” and Earth Wind, & Fire’s classic tune, “Reasons.” Most of the live jazz song renditions are much longer than their original counterparts. The individuals on stage go off on instrumental interludes and passages that bring an entirely fresh dynamic and intrigue to the songs.
At the end of the evening, almost half of the setlist is pulled from this one release alone. Fortunately, fans of Koz’s deep catalog get to see a few solo songs creep to the surface. He closes the evening out with “You Make Me Smile.” This is not always the case though. He has also closed with Richard Elliot’s very famous “When A Man Loves A Woman.” The other original is “Together Again” which appears early in the set to change up the pacing.
Always There (Ronnie Laws cover)
Got To Get You Into My Life (Beatles cover)
Rise (Herb Alpert cover)
I Got You (I Feel Good) (James Brown cover)
Hot Fun In The Summertime (Sly & The Family Stone cover)
Take Five (Paul Desmond cover)
25 Or 6 To 4 (Chicago cover)
Reasons (Earth, Wind & Fire cover)
You Haven’t Done Nothin’ (Stevie Wonder cover)
Lucy’s (Mindi Abair)
Champagne Life (Gerald Albright)
When A Man Loves A Woman (Richard Elliot)
You Make Me Smile (Dave Koz)
How long is a Dave Koz concert?
In all, Dave Koz and his friends perform for close to two hours.
What should I expect at the show?
Dave Koz is a jazz instrumentalist. He is not a vocalist, and there is very little, if any, vocal work done live. Koz usually handles one of three instruments: the saxophone, piano, and drums. When he is performing behind one of these instruments, usually the saxophone, he has a staple of friends and sometimes session musicians rounding out the big jazz sound. At any one time you may have 10 people on stage.
The tour is billed as Dave Koz and Friends. Guest musicians, or friends, include Summer Horns recording alumni Gerald Albright, Mindi Abair, and Richard Elliot.
How do I get access to presale tickets for Dave Koz’s tour?
The most direct way to obtain presale tickets for Dave Koz in 2014 is through the American Express Entertainment service. You must be an American Express cardholder to take advantage of their presale packages and prices.
Presale tickets are very hard to come by for this tour. The only other major and non-local method to obtain presale access is through Presale Passwords Info, in affiliation with Ticketmaster. Not all dates are covered, so check to see if your city is one of the few for this tour. Passwords are provided by Presale Passwords Info for use through TicketMaster.
Another option is through the artist’s official website. It seems that you can only get VIP packages, and they are in limited quantities.
Who is Dave Koz’s publicist and press contact?
Jim Gosnell of APA is Dave Koz’s main media contact for booking. You can reach him at firstname.lastname@example.org. You can also send more general inquiries to email@example.com. Lastly, fill out the message form to be more specific and contact representatives through their platform as listed on the official website.
“The four – Mindi Abair, Gerald Albright and Richard Elliot AND Koz- demonstrate an obvious camaraderie here; they work seamlessly as a unit, then trade off, their rapport enhanced by arrangements from some top-notch veterans, including Tom Scott and Greg Adams. The foursome takes Chicago’s “25 or 6 to 4” on a lively, high-spirited ride, and harmonizes through Dave Brubeck’s “Take Five,” the horns accompanied only by Roberto Vally’s upright bass.” – Lucy Tauss of the Jazz Times
“If you don’t know Koz, or you have never seen his Holiday Show, you are missing a great time. Every year thousands anticipate the show which is now on tour across the US. You can look forward to an exhilarating, high-energy performance that the whole family will love. This show will get you into the holiday spirit as some of popular music’s most distinguished names perform original, lively arrangements of seasonal favorites.” – Solitaire Miles of the Chicago Music Guide
“One reason Koz keeps drawing crowds here is that he never does the same show twice. Sure, there’s some commonality between his summer and Christmas tours – the shows are always high-energy, Koz surrounds himself with rock-solid singers and musicians, he always plays his breakthrough hit “You Make Me Smile” and has a knack for picking guest artists who fit in comfortably.” – Doug Pullen of the El Paso Times
Dave Koz and Friends 2013
Started July 13, 2013 in Easton, Pennsylvania | Ended December 13, 2013 in Carmel, Indiana