Smooth jazz saxophonist David Koz’ second stop on the 19th edition of his annual Christmas Tour will take him to Miami’s Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts on November 26 for the Jazz Roots program 10th season second show. The always-engaging Koz, whose multi-faceted career as a recording artist, humanitarian, radio host, entrepreneur and instrumental music advocate is a shining example to the young students participating in the Sound Check educational program. During each season 1,000 aspiring jazz musicians from different high schools in the Miami-Dade Public Schools system are invited to the sound check at the Knight Concert Hall, talk to internationally renowned musicians and attend a Jazz Roots concert free of charge.
The lineup ushering the holiday spirit to one of the Magic City’s warmest concert venues includes well-known performers: jazzy R&B crooner Jonathan Butler and Grammy-nominated singer/songwriter Kenny Lattimore.
Typical of the season there will a tinge of nostalgia when it welcomes acclaimed vocalist Valerie Simpson whose album Dinosaurs Are Coming Back Again marked her solo comeback after a long songwriting/performing/producing career with Nick Ashford before his passing in 2011. During their years as collaborators she co-wrote such classic hits as Ain’t No Mountain High Enough, You’re All I Need to Get By, Reach Out and Touch Somebody’s Hand and Ain’t Nothing Like the Real Thing. Get ready to get into the spirit with classics that make you reminisce and inspire your to plan ahead.
DAVE KOZ CHRISTMAS TOUR 2016
Saturday, November 26, 2016 at 8:00 p.m.
Tickets: $45 – $125*
John S. and James L. Knight Concert Hall
We’ll be looking forward to Wynton Marsalis and the Lincoln Center Orchestra next on the Jazz Roots schedule January 20. But more on that concert closer to the date.