Dave Koz - A Smooth Jazz Christmas
Dave Koz - A Smooth Jazz ChristmasDave Koz - A Smooth Jazz Christmas

A Smooth Jazz Christmas


GRAMMY® Nominated
Released: September 25, 2001
Label: Capitol Records

This all-star Christmas release from Dave and his friends who have hit the road with Dave over the year’s each Christmas spreading holiday cheer on the Dave Koz & Friends Christmas tour, features vocalist Brenda Russell, pianist David Benoit, guitarist Peter White, and trumpeter Rick Braun. Their collaborative ease is palpable throughout these 14 tracks. Benoit is featured on “Hark the Herald Angels Sing,” while Dave adds one of his best solos to this Christmas classic. Braun has the spotlight on “Little Drummer Boy,” where Benoit shines, too, and White highlights “Silent Night.” All five players contributed to the arrangements on most of these tracks and the craftiest and cohesiveness of the recording is undeniably tangible. Russell also does a holiday version of her hit “Get Here,” which is as powerful now as it was when it was written during the first Gulf War. Kenny Loggins offers up a superb vocal performance on “December Make Me Feel This Way,” an example of how all these tracks truly sparkle, beckoning the Christmas spirit to all who listen.

Name Credit
Leroy Anderson Composer
David Benoit Arranger, Guest Artist, Musical Director, Piano
Irving Berlin Composer
Felix Bernard Composer
Ralph Blane Composer
Rick Braun Arranger, Composer, Flugelhorn, Guest Artist, Handclapping, Trumpet
Bridgette Bryant Vocals (Background)
Sammy Cahn Composer
Lester Cohen Photography
Katherine Davis Composer
Jeffery Fey Art Direction, Design
Jud J. Friedman Composer
Franz Gruber Composer
John Hendrickson Engineer, Handclapping
Jimmy Hoyson Assistant Engineer
Sam Jones Photography
Brian Kilgore Percussion
Dave Koz Arranger, Composer, Handclapping, Primary Artist, Producer, Sax (Alto), Sax (Soprano), Sax (Tenor)
Nick Lane Trombone (Bass), Trombone (Tenor)
Kenny Loggins Guest Artist, Vocals
Roy Lott Executive Producer
Hugh Martin Composer
Felix Mendelssohn Composer
Joseph Mohr Composer
Esterlee Nicholson Vocals (Background)
Stephan Oberhoff Engineer, Producer
Lisa Oliver Stylist
Henry Onorati Composer
Phil Parlapiano Composer
Julian Raymond Handclapping
Henri René Composer
Leon René Composer
Allan Rich Composer
Brenda Russell Arranger, Composer, Guest Artist, Vocals
Paula Salvatore Handclapping
Doug Sax Mastering
Al Schmitt Engineer, Mixing
Bill Sharpe Bass
Harry Simeone Composer
Sandy Simmons Vocals (Background)
Tommy Steele Art Direction
Jule Styne Composer
Stephen Theard Drums
Mel Tormé Composer
Robert Wells Composer
Charles Wesley Composer
Peter White Accordion, Arranger, Composer, Guitar (Acoustic)


Year Category
2001 Best Pop Instrumental Nominee

Billboard Charts

2001A Smooth Jazz ChristmasHeatseekers3

Year Album Chart Peak
2001 A Smooth Jazz Christmas The Billboard 200 140
2001 A Smooth Jazz Christmas Top Contemporary Jazz Albums 1
Track Listing
Listen Track # Name Time
1 Smooth Jazz Christmas Overture: Let It Snow / Winter Wonderland / What Child Is This (Greensleeves) 8:32
2 The Christmas Song (Feat. Peter White, David Benoit, Rick Braun & Brenda Russell) 4:55
3 O’Tannenbaum / Sleigh Ride Medley 4:04
4 Silent Night (Feat. Peter White, Rick Braun & Brenda Russell) 4:34
5 Beneath the Moonlit Sky (Feat. David Benoit) 3:04
6 Little Drummer Boy (Feat. Rick Braun, Peter White & David Benoit) 4:27
7 Hark! The Herald Angels Sing (Feat. David Benoit) 4:09
8 December Makes Me Feel This Way (Feat. Kenny Loggins) 3:39
9 Boogie Woogie Santa Claus (Feat. Brenda Russell) 3:19
10 Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas (Feat. Peter White) 3:49
11 White Christmas (Feat. Brenda Russell and David Benoit) 3:22
12 Eight Candles (A Song for Hanukkah) 3:36
13 Get Here (For the Holidays) (Feat. Brenda Russell) 4:58
14 ‘Twas the Night Before Christmas 3:57