Dave Koz - The 25th of December
Dave Koz - The 25th of DecemberDave Koz - The 25th of December

The 25th of December


Released: September 30, 2014
Label: Concord Records

ListenTrack #NameTime 
1The First Noel3:43
2It's The Most Wonderful Time Of The Year (Featuring Johnny Mathis)3:23
3This Christmas (Featuring Eric Benet)4:34
4Do You Hear What I Hear (Featuring Gloria Estefan)4:11
5My Grown Up Christmas List (Featuring Heather Headley)4:48
6Another Silent Night (Featuring Richard Marx)3:23
7Let It Snow! Let It Snow! Let It Snow! (Featuring Kenny G)3:25
8The 25th Of December (Featuring BeBe Winans)4:19
9I've Got My Love To Keep Me Warm (Featuring India Arie And Trombone Shorty)3:11
10O Holy Night (Featuring Jonathan Butler)5:08
11Medley: O Come All Ye Faithful / Angels We Have Heard On High / Hark The Herald Angels Sing (Featuring Fantasia)4:13
12All You Need Is Love (Featuring Stevie Wonder With Eric Benet, Johnny Mathis, Heather Headley, Richard Marx, Jonathan ButlerMaysa, BeBe Winans, Gloria Estefan)5:41

I love the holidays…and I’ve been blessed over the last almost two decades to be on the road touring during this special time of year. No matter the city we’re in, each venue becomes a sort of ‘living room’ for us—replete with the warmth of good friends, that particular air of specialness, and of course…beloved Christmas songs. Nothing sets the tone for the holidays better than the music—it’s why we love hearing these songs, year after year. They’re more than just notes or lyrics—the songs become guideposts of our lives…reminders of Christmases past, of special moments spent with family and friends—they can return us to childlike innocence and jog our memories back to simpler times.

This album was made with that spirit in mind…an abundance of love and joy went into every single note. For me, making it was like hosting the best holiday party ever! I invited some wonderfully talented friends over…we ate, we drank, we reminisced, and then we retired to the living room, sat around the piano, and sang some songs—first, each duet partner and me; then before the party was over, we all came together for one last song: the Beatles gem “All You Need Is Love.” Though not a Christmas song, it truly holds the message of the holidays (and really, of life) for me.

Now, we invite you to join the party—so come on in and get comfy! May the music infuse your holidays with love and light, happiness and peace…a welcoming embrace of comfort and warmth to accompany you all year long. May the notes and emotions herein become a soundtrack for the wonderful new holiday memories you and your loved ones create each year.

Here’s wishing you heartfelt blessings for the holiday season ahead, in the new year, and always.

With much love and gratitude always,

Name Credit
Adolphe Adam Composer
Vernon Allen Choir/Chorus
Troy “Trombone Shorty” Andrews Featured Artist, Trombone
John Beasley Arranger, Piano
Eric Benét Featured Artist, Vocals, Vocals (Background)
Chuck Berghofer Bass
Irving Berlin Composer
Trey Bruce Composer
John Burk Executive Producer
Jonathan Butler Arranger, Featured Artist, Guitar (Acoustic), Vocals
Sammy Cahn Composer
Clayton Cameron Drums
Teddy Campbell Drums
Billy Childs Piano
David Delhomme Arranger, Keyboards, Synthesizer Bass
Lisa Dondlinger Violin
Jeff Driskell Big Band, Saxophone
Gloria Estefan Featured Artist, Vocals
Fantasia Featured Artist, Vocals
David Foster Composer
Craig Fundyga Vibraphone
Kenny G Featured Artist, Sax (Soprano)
Brian Gardner Mastering
Pamela Gates Violin
Sharlotte Gibson Vocals (Background)
Donny Hathaway Composer
Kenya Hathaway Vocals (Background)
Heather Headley Featured Artist, Vocals
Charles Holloman Engineer
India.Arie Featured Artist, Vocals
Paul Jackson, Jr. Guitar, Guitar (Acoustic)
Leah Katz Viola
Gerrit Kinkel Engineer
Dave Koz Composer, Executive Producer, Liner Notes, Primary Artist, Sax (Alto), Sax (Tenor), Vocals
Jay Leach Pedal Steel
Mathieu Lejeune Engineer
John Lennon Composer
Jeff Lorber Arranger
Izzy Maccio Assistant Engineer
Richard Marx Arranger, Composer, Featured Artist, Piano, Vocals
Johnny Mathis Featured Artist, Vocals
Maysa Featured Artist, Vocals
Paul McCartney Composer
Nadine McKinnor Composer
Rickey Minor Arranger, Bass, Producer
Elizabeth Morgan Choir/Chorus
Ginger Murphy Cello
Sharon Norwood Choir/Chorus
Edward Pola Composer
Dave Poler Engineer
Seth Presant Assistant Engineer
John Reading Composer
Noël Regney Composer
Kevin Ricard Percussion
Albert J. Roman Art Direction
Cappeau de Roquemaure Composer
Gloria Shayne Composer
Bryan Sheffield Photography
Allen Sides Engineer, Mixing
Rob Skipworth Engineer
Charles Smith Engineer
Sy Smith Vocals (Background)
Ryan Staples Assistant Engineer
Jule Styne Composer
Ron Taylor Assistant Engineer
Linda Thompson-Jenner Composer
John Frances Wade Composer
Chris Walden Arranger, Trombone, Trumpet
Randy Waldman Piano
Lenny Wee Arranger, Assistant Engineer, Composer, Conductor, Orchestration, Piano
Charles Wesley Composer
Jason White Arranger, Choir/Chorus, Fender Rhodes, Keyboards, Organ, Piano, Piano (Electric)
Akua Willis Choir/Chorus
BeBe Winans Composer, Featured Artist, Vocals
Stevie Wonder Featured Artist, Harmonica, Vocals
Christine Wu Violin
George Wyle Composer
Kenta Yonesaka Engineer

46th NAACP Image Awards

Year Category Peak
2014 Outstanding Jazz Album Nominee

Billboard Charts

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2014 Dave Koz The 25th of December Contemporary Jazz 1