Dave Koz and Friends are At the Movies for this year's Smooth Jazz Christmas tour! Here's the latest press release from the Berks Arts Council.
READING, PA -- The Berks Jazz Fest promises to jazz up Christmas with the return of Dave Koz and pals, making a stop in Reading during their Dave Koz and Friends, A Smooth Jazz Christmas At The Movies, With Special Guests Jonathan Butler, Wayman Tisdale and Kimberley Locke, of American Idol fame. This year marks the 10th anniversary of the Dave Koz and Friends Smooth Jazz Christmas, and the show's third appearance in Reading.
Join the holiday fun on Wednesday, Nov. 28, at 7:30 p.m. at the Scottish Rite Cathedral in West Reading. Reserved tickets are $55 and $49.
Multi-Grammy nominee and pop instrumentalist/saxophonist extraordinaire Koz always is treated like music royalty during his Berks Jazz Fest appearances. Concertgoers on Nov. 28th will be treated to the artists' hits, as well as Christmas and holiday standards. Koz also will be covering a selection of music from his new release, At The Movies. Koz and friends will be joined by musical director Brian Simpson, a Rendezvous Recording Artist.
Koz's latest work, At The Movies, showcases the timeless melodies from American and foreign cinema, including "Over The Rainbow," "Moon River," "The Pink Panther," "The Way We Were," "It Might Be You," and more.
Rendezvous artist Jonathan Butler, a gifted singer, two-time Grammy-nominated songwriter, guitarist and producer, released Brand New Day in June. As a teenager, the South African native broke racial barriers in his native country with his first single on the Jive Records label. Over the years, Butler solidified his presence in the 1990s with a body of music that crossed color and age lines.
Wayman Tisdale is a former NBA star, Olympic gold medalist and popular jazz bassist whose latest CD, Way Up, is one of this year's best-selling jazz releases, debuting at No. 1, and spending 30 weeks in the Top 10 on
Billboard's Contemporary Jazz Chart. His current radio single, the title track "Way Up," on its way to the top, is currently at No. 2 on R&R's Smooth Jazz chart.
Tisdale suffered a leg injury after a fall in February; it was then discovered that the injury was due to a cancerous cyst in his leg. Tisdale is on the road to recovery and is working on a new album, titled Rebound.
Kimberley Locke's name may ring a few bells. The second runner-up on the second season of "American Idol" in 2003, this singer later released her Curb Records debut album, One Love, and has had five consecutive top 10 Adult Contemporary hits, including two No. 1 songs, "8th World Wonder," and a holiday recording of "Up On The Housetop." She's also a model and has been involved in several television projects and Disney recordings. Locke's sophomore album, Based on a True Story, the follow-up to One Love, came out last fall on Curb Records.
This year's Dave Koz and Friends Christmas show promises to get the audience in the holiday spirit, so we hope you join in the fun!
To order tickets:
Visit the Sovereign Center Box Office, 7th & Penn streets, Reading
Visit the Sovereign Performing Arts Center Box Office, 136 N. 6th St.,
Call Ticketmaster at 215-336-2000 or visit www.ticketmaster.com
For more information on the Berks Arts Council, a nonprofit organization
that promotes all the arts in an effort to enrich the quality of life in
Berks County, click on www.berksarts.org
Plan now for a Happy Jazzin' Christmas!
Beverly J. Packard
Jazz Circle Member of the Berks Arts Council