Saxophonist Dave Koz has added another member to the 2007 edition of the Dave Koz & Friends: A Smooth Summer Night tour: Kelly Sweet. The 19-year-old from vocalist from Utah has a smooth jazz hit with the song “Raincoat,” a selection from her debut album released in March, We Are One. Koz is featured on the song on a version mixed especially for smooth jazz radio. Says Koz: "The first I heard of her was when played at her manager’s wedding. When they were doing a smooth jazz version of her hit single ‘Raincoat,’ they wanted me to play on it. So I heard it and I was like, absolutely, I’d love to do this."
Sweet will join previously two previously announced performers, pianist David Benoit and vocalist Phil Perry. Sweet has already performed more than 500 concerts in the U.S., including opening gigs for Anita Baker, Paul Simon and Kenny Loggins.
Each show on the tour will be a "double feature," with the performers playing their respective hits during the first half of the show, then joining together on numerous selections from Koz's At The Movies CD. Koz and Sweet will debut on Sweet’s “Raincoat.” Playing keyboards and serving as musical director is pianist Brian Simpson. Rounding out the band are Bill Sharpe on bass, Stevo Theard on drums and Randy Jacobs on guitar. The tour launches June 3 in Columbia, MD, and wraps up at the Hollywood Bowl on Aug. 19.
Posted by Brian Soergel at May 11, 2007 8:20 PM