GRAMMY-NOMINATED SAXOPHONIST DAVE KOZ CLAIMS #1 SPOT ON CONTEMPORARY JAZZ ALBUMS CHART WITHSUMMER HORNS II FROM A TO Z
Album features a Stunning Set of 11 Classic Tunes with Gerald Albright, Rick Braun, Richard Elliot and Aubrey Logan with guest vocalists Jonathan Butler, Kenny Lattimore and Sheléa
For Immediate Release– Acclaimed, Grammy-Nominated Saxophonist Dave Koz has scored the #1 Contemporary Jazz album in the country with his latest project Summer Horns II From A To Z. Released June 22ndvia Concord Records, the album features a stunning set of 11 timeless tunes reimagined by Koz (soprano, alto, tenor and baritone saxes), joined by alto saxophonist Gerald Albright and tenor saxophonist Richard Elliot, Rick Braun (trumpet) and Aubrey Logan (trombone and vocals). A crew of ace rhythm players collaborates with the Summer Horns lineup along with a who’s who of arrangers: Tom Scott (who’s worked with everyone from Frank Sinatra to Aretha Franklin to Steely Dan), Greg Adams (best known for Tower of Power, but also Santana and Elton John) and GRAMMY-winning arranger Gordon Goodwin. Braun, himself a legend of contemporary jazz, produced the album, with co-production by Koz.
Summer Horns II From A To Zfeatures a bevy of reimagined classics. Opening the set is a medley of Earth, Wind & Fire’s 1976 smash “Getaway” and the KC and the Sunshine Band dance staple “That’s the Way I Like It”. “More Today Than Yesterday,” another album cut, is the only Top 20 hit from the Spiral Starecase, from the spring of 1969. “Most people, when they hear that song, think it was by Chicago,” says Koz. “It sounded so much like them.” The Crusaders’ “Keep That Same Old Feeling,” written by that group’s late trombonist Wayne Henderson, includes a horn arrangement by Adams (best known for his work with Tower of Power) and Braun.
One of the standout tracks gives the album its subtitle, “From A to Z.” It’s another medley, and on paper it seems an improbably marriage: Here, with a horn arrangement by Gordon Goodwin and rhythm arrangement by Goodwin and Braun, are the 1939 Billy Strayhorn standard “Take the ‘A’ Train,” made famous by Duke Ellington, seamlessly intertwining with hip-hop icon Jay-Z’s “Roc Boys (And the Winner Is).” Hence the A to Z.
This Will Be (An Everlasting Love),” a Top 10 hit for Natalie Cole in 1975, is dedicated to the late vocalist, who was a friend of Koz’s. It’s sung on Summer Horns II From A To Zas a duet, by R&B star Kenny Lattimore and the young vocalist Sheléa. The track recently went top 10 on Billboard’s Smooth Jazz Chart.
This summer Dave has been playing to thousands across the country on his North American tour in support of the album. Having kicked off June 22nd in Clearwater FL, the multi-city trek has already gone through major US markets including San Diego, Los Angeles, New York and Dallas to rave reviews. The tour will continue through August and September with upcoming performances at established art and jazz festivals in Norfolk, VA, Charlotte, NC, Sausalito CAand Newport Beach, CA. Tickets for all dates are on-sale now and remaining tour dates are listed below.
Dave Koz on the web:
Online media kit: http://mediakits.concordmusicgroup.com/p/summer-horns-ii
Getaway / That’s The Way (I Like It)
More Today Than Yesterday
Keep That Same Old Feeling
From A To Z (Take The “A” Train / Roc Boys (And The Winner Is))
This Will Be (An Everlasting Love)featuring Kenny Lattimore and Sheléa Frazier
Before I Let Go
Late In The Evening featuring Jonathan Butler
If You Really Love Me
Conga featuring Aubrey Logan and Gloria Estefan
Route 66 featuring Aubrey Logan
Dave Koz tour dates:
Dave Koz and Friends Summer Horns II
Featuring Gerald Albright, Rick Braun, Richard Elliot and introducing Aubrey Logan and Adam Hawley
Wed Aug 22 Rochester, NY – Kodak Center Theater
Thurs Aug 23 Oxon Hill, MD – The Theater at MGM
Fri Aug 24 Annapolis MD – Maryland Hall For The Creative Arts
Sat Aug 25 Norfolk VA – Jazz Festival
Sun Aug 26 Country Club Hills, IL – Country Club Hills Theater
Fri Aug 31 Charlotte, NC – The Pizazz Smooth Jazz Festival
Sun Sept 2 Sausalito CA – Sausalito Art Festival
Fri Sept. 7 Detroit, MI – Motor City Casino
Sat Sept. 8 Kalamazoo, MI – The State Theater
Sun Sept. 9 Kettering, OH – Fraze Pavilion for the Performing Arts
Fri Sept 14 Newport Beach, CA – Hyatt Newport
Sat Sept 15 Temecula CA – Thornton Winery
Sun Sept 16 Temecula CA – Thornton Winery
Sun Oct 7 Cancun Jazz Festival
For more information:
Greg Cortez / 42 Westat 310-477-4442
Mike Wilpizeski / Concord Recordsat 718-459-2117