The New York Times declared, “By all rights, smooth jazz should own the holiday season, and the saxophonist Dave Koz is better positioned than anyone to make it so.” Gather up the family and get into the spirt of the season with DAVE KOZ AND FRIENDS CHRISTMAS TOUR 2021 at the Cerritos Center for the Performing Arts (CCPA) at 8:00 p.m. on Friday, December 17 and Saturday, December 18. Tickets start at $60. The lineup features singer-guitarist Jonathan Butler, saxophonist Richard Elliot, trumpeter Rick Braun, and vocalist Rebecca Jade.
Platinum-selling saxophonist-composer DAVE KOZ has sold millions of albums worldwide, including Lucky Man, and the holiday CDs Ultimate Christmas, December Makes Me Feel This Way, and A Smooth Jazz Christmas. The Seattle Times praised the six-time Grammy nominee, citing in particular Koz’s “clean, fluid sax lines, which have been heard on a variety of recordings, from U2’s R&B remix of When Love Comes to Town … to albums by Ray Charles, Natalie Cole, Richard Marx, Gladys Knight, and Donny Osmond.” Koz’s Saxophonic album was nominated for a Grammy and an Image Award from the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP). Since 1994, Koz has hosted the popular syndicated radio program The Dave Koz Radio Show, which spotlights who’s who and the latest sounds in the Smooth Jazz genre.
Two-time Grammy nominee JONATHAN BUTLER has the “dynamic energy of a young James Brown, ripping off guitar licks with the creative ingenuity of a George Benson, singing with the style and communication of an Al Jarreau,” lauded the Los Angeles Times. The singer-guitarist busted racial barriers and stereotypes with his debut single, Lies, which was the first song by a black musician to be played on white radio stations in South Africa. The hit catapulted Butler into the international limelight, and he followed with the Grammy-nominated instrumental Going Home and the ballad Sarah, Sarah, which confirmed his position in popular music. Butler’s collection of diverse albums includes Surrender, The Worship Project, Jonathan, Brand New Day, and So Strong.
In a career spanning more than four decades, world-renowned saxophonist RICHARD ELLIOT has released more than 20 albums, climbing multiple music charts, and was nominated for a “Best Pop Instrumental” Grammy for his Summer Horns album. The Los Angeles Times noted that he “engaged the audience with his big sound, smooth technique and rhythmic, appealing lines.” Elliot’s other No. One albums include On the Town, Soul Embrace, After Dark, and And Jumpin’ Off. Both his Chill Factor and The Best of Richard Elliot albums landed on Billboard’s Contemporary Jazz chart simultaneously.
Called “sweet-toned yet funky” by the Los Angeles Times, celebrated trumpeter RICK BRAUN rocked the Smooth Jazz scene with the No. One album Shake It Up, a collaboration with Grammy winner Boney James; and RnR, a joint project with Elliot that also shot to the top spot on Billboard’s Contemporary Jazz chart in 2007. Braun set a record at the 2002 National Contemporary Jazz Awards, winning five honors, including “Best Male Artist”; “Best Brass Player”; “Best Album” for the No. One Kisses in the Rain, which also won “Song of the Year”; and “Best Collaboration” for Shake It Up. He was chosen “Adult Alternative Artist” of 1995 by the Gavin radio trade magazine, which feted his Beat Street album as the year’s best “Adult Alternative” recording.
REBECCA JADE has worked with top names in the music industry, including Sheila E., Sir Elton John, and El Debarge. Her albums include The Jade Element; Rebecca Jade & the Cold Fact, which earned a San Diego Music Award as “Best Blues Album”; and Planet Cole Porter, a collaboration with Jazz guitar virtuoso Peter Sprague that earned the San Diego Music Award for “Best Jazz Album.” Jade also appeared in the Emmy-nominated show Let’s Go Crazy: The GRAMMY Salute to Prince.
For tickets or more information, call (562) 916-8500 or go to cerritoscenter.com.