Summer Horns II from A to Z claims #1 spot on Contemporary Jazz Album Chart!

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:

Website: http://davekoz.com/

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/DaveKozMusic

Twitter: https://twitter.com/davekozmusic

Instagram: @DavidStephenKoz

Online media kit: http://mediakits.concordmusicgroup.com/p/summer-horns-ii

 Track list:

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

Earth Song

  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

Greg.Cortez@42West.Net

Mike Wilpizeski / Concord Recordsat 718-459-2117

Mike.Wilpizeski@concordrecords.com