Dave Koz and Friends
A Smooth Jazz Christmas 2008
Featuring Jonathan Butler, Jeff Golub and Keiko Matsui

The Nokia Theatre Times Square

December 7th, 7:00PM





Dave Koz with Anita Baker

Dave Koz at home

Smooth jazz fans are in for a treat as famed saxophonist Dave Koz jazzes up the holidays, sharing his hits along with holiday favorites and Christmas classics delivered with fresh jazz interpretations. Joined by “friends” of stellar talent and popularity in their own right (Grammy-nominated singer/ guitarist Jonathan Butler, soul-jazz improviser Jeff Golub, and smooth jazz/new age keyboardist Keiko Matsui), this annual Christmas performance is a celebration not to be missed.

This is Dave’s 10th year doing his Smooth Jazz Christmas show. In major cities across America the show has become a perennial holiday favorite. Dave Koz is a native of Los Angeles. In 1990, he decided to pursue a solo career, and began recording for Capitol Records. The move proved to be successful, and his self-titled album earned high praise from critics and fans alike. His later albums include Lucky Man, The Dance, and Saxophonic. Saxophonic was nominated for both a Grammy and an NAACP Image Award. In 1994, Koz began hosting a syndicated radio program, “The Dave Koz Radio Show” (formerly “Personal Notes”), featuring the latest music and interviews with who’s who in the genre. Dave co- hosted The Dave Koz Morning Show with Pat Prescott on 94.7 The Wave, a smooth jazz station in Los Angeles for six years.

Jonathan Butler was born and raised in Cape Town during Apartheid, Butler started singing and playing acoustic guitar as a child. Racial segregation and poverty during Apartheid have been the subject of many of his records. His first single, the first by a black artist played by white radio stations in the racially segregated South Africa, earned a Sarie
Award, South Africa’s equivalent to the Grammys.

Jeff Golub is a contemporary jazz guitarist with 6 solo albums and 3 CD’s as the leader of the instrumental bands “Avenue Blue” and Guitars and Saxes. Before becoming an instrumentalist, Jeff worked as a sideman to a number of very successful rock and pop artists.He’s probably best known for his work with Rod Stewart, who he played with from 1988 until 1995 performing on 4 albums and 5 world tours as well as recording the live DVD “One Night Only” live at Royal Albert Hall.

Keiko Matsui, born in Tokyo, is a Japanese smooth jazz/new age key-boardist and composer whose career spans three decades, during which time she has released 20 CDs and has received international acclaim. Matsui received the Oasis award for Best Female Smooth Jazz Artist of the Year in 1999 and again in 2000. In 2001, Matsui’s first album with Narada, Deep Blue, finally took her to the number one spot on Billboard’s Top Contemporary Jazz Albums chart.