CLEARWATER — Dave Koz & Friends performs Saturday, July 13, 8 p.m., at Ruth Eckerd Hall, 1111 McMullen Booth Road, Clearwater.
Tickets start at $37. Call 727-791-7400 or visit www.rutheckerdhall.com.
Following the highly successful Summer Horns Tours of 2013, 2014 and 2018, Koz has assembled a powerhouse lineup of brass instrumentation and this year’s tour will have the same high-level energy delivering hits including songs from the 2018 album release “Summer Horns II from A To Z.”
Hailed by The New York Times as “a musician of unflappable rhythmic aplomb, which he happily squares against the airtight funk of his band,” Koz will be joined by Gerald Albright, known for his acclaimed solo recordings and performances with Anita Baker, Whitney Houston and The Temptations; and Rick Braun, chart-topping trumpeter, who has collaborated across genres with Rod Stewart, Sade and REO Speedwagon.
Also performing will be Grammy-Award nominee, singer-songwriter Kenny Lattimore, who is in a groove with two back-to-back Top 10 songs, “Stay on Your Mind” and “Love Me Back,” both lead singles from his independent label SincereSoul Records. Aubrey Logan also joins the lineup. Logan is known for jammin’ on her trombone or sailing through a song with her nothing-held-back, multi-octave vocal instrument. Her latest release, “Where the Sunshine is Expensive,” debuted at No. 2 on Billboard magazine’s Contemporary Jazz chart.
Rounding out the group is Adam Hawley, a gifted performer, sideman, and educator, known for his lithe, groove-oriented approach to contemporary jazz and R&B. After working steadily for over a decade with many marquee jazz and pop artists, the guitarist launched his solo career with the 2016 album “Just the Beginning,” which featured three chart-topping smooth jazz singles, including "35th Street," "Joy Ride" and "I Don't Mind." His second solo album, “Double Vision,” contains the No. 1 singles "Can You Feel It" and “Just Dance” featuring Koz.
In a recording career that spans nearly three decades, Koz has racked up an astoundingly impressive array of honors and achievements: nine Grammy nominations, 11 No. 1 albums on Billboard’s Current Contemporary Jazz Albums chart, numerous world tours, 13 sold-out Dave Koz & Friends at Sea cruises, performances for multiple U.S. presidents, a Star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame and appearances on a multitude of television shows, including “Good Morning America,” “The View,” “The Tonight Show,” “Entertainment Tonight” and more. A Platinum-selling artist, Koz is also known as a humanitarian, entrepreneur, radio host and instrumental music advocate.
Signed to Capitol Records by Bruce Lundvall in 1987, the saxophonist released his self-titled solo debut album in the fall of 1990. This was the first installment in a large body of best-selling work, which includes the Gold-certified “Lucky Man” (1993), “Off the Beaten Path” (1996) and the holiday-themed albums “December Makes Me Feel This Way” (1997) and “Dave Koz & Friends: A Smooth Jazz Christmas” (2001). His Gold-certified fifth album, “The Dance” (1999), spawned no less than five Top 5 contemporary jazz hits. “Saxophonic” (2003) produced another four Top 5 singles and garnered two Grammy nominations in two consecutive years.