Brian Culbertson Recording Christmas CD, Planning Tour

The popular pianist will light up the holiday season with "Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer" and other seasonal classics.

Dave Koz may have cancelled his annual Christmas tour, but Brian Culbertson is happy to fill the void.

Culbertson has confirmed that he will indeed embark on the first-ever Brian Culbertson Christmas Concert Tour with Bobby Caldwell, Warren Hill, Eric Darius and Ray Parker, Jr.

The tour comes about because just last week Culbertson entered the studio to create holiday music for his first-ever Christmas CD that will be released by GRP on November 7. He has already recorded what he calls a funky arrangement of �Ruldoph the Red-Nosed Reindeer� with keyboarder and composer Jeff Lorber.

To add a warm feel, Culbertson says CD will have real musicians with real drums, bass, guitars, keyboards and horns instead of computerized music.

Culbertson's latest smooth jazz hit, �Let�s Get Started,� is currently in the Top 5 on Radio & Records' smooth jazz chart.