Content by tag "Dave Koz"

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Michael Ragonese: Day to Day

Read "Day to Day" reviewed by Paul Naser

If you haven't heard Michael Ragonese's name before, you're sure to hear it a lot more. The award winning pianist is a constant fixture in Los Angeles; if he's not a sideman at one club, he's leading a band at another. Among the many luminaries he has performed or recorded with are: Bennie Maupin, David Binney, ...

ARTICLE: RADIO

Meet the Millennial Smooth Jazz Ambassador Cory Wong

Read "Meet the Millennial Smooth Jazz Ambassador Cory Wong" reviewed by Leo Sidran

In this podcast episode guitarist Cory Wong talks about coming up in Minneapolis (he was mentored by Ricky Peterson and drummer Michael Bland), playing with Vulfpeck, disrupting smooth jazz with Dave Koz, commanding the grid, letting “rhythm take the lead," the YouTube effect, the power of a good story, and Thai massage.

Along the ...

NEWS: FESTIVAL

Count Basie Theatre Announces First-Ever Basie Summer Jazz Fest

Count Basie Theatre Announces First-Ever Basie Summer Jazz Fest

DAVE KOZ + LARRY GRAHAM, HERBIE HANCOCK, SNARKY PUPPY, CHICK COREA ELEKTRIC BAND with BELA FLECK AND THE FLECKTONES SPONSORED BY PATRIZIA’S OF RED BANK, MONMOUTH COUNTY BOARD OF CHOSEN FREEHOLDERS AND THE ASBURY PARK PRESS The historic Count Basie Theatre, the state’s top-selling performing arts center and the namesake of jazz great William “Count” Basie, Jr., has ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Brian Simpson: Persuasion

Read "Persuasion" reviewed by Jeff Winbush

There's jazz that is edgy, startling, daring, confrontational and demands attention be paid. It grabs you by the ears and pulls you close and won't let go. Then there's a kinda/sorta jazz where all the edges have been sanded off, there's no chances taken, no unexpected or startling moments, and nothing is ever at risk. If ...

NEWS: RECORDING

Jazz Fusion Orchestra Bandzilla Feat. Guest Appearances By Randy Brecker & Leo Sayer To Release Long-awaited Second Album "Bandzilla Rises!!!"

Jazz Fusion Orchestra Bandzilla Feat. Guest Appearances By Randy Brecker & Leo Sayer To Release Long-awaited Second Album "Bandzilla Rises!!!"

What happens when a group of top studio musicians get together in their free time? A unique mixture of sophisticated composition, passionate improvisation, scathing social commentary and biting humor, BANDZILLA play furious funk, sleazy soul, punk jazz and heartfelt ballads. Led by acclaimed composer/arranger/guitarist Richard Niles, the 25-piece jazz-fusion orchestra was originally formed in the studio ...

NEWS: PERFORMANCE / TOUR

Miami's Jazz Roots Concert Series with New Artistic Advisor Shelly Berg

Miami's Jazz Roots Concert Series with New Artistic Advisor Shelly Berg

November 4, 2016 through April 7, 2017

The JAZZ ROOTS annual six-part concert series held at the Adrienne Arsht Center for The Performing Arts, has become a musical institution in the jazz world often credited with helping to revitalize, nurture and spur the expansion of Jazz music in the south Florida area and beyond. ...

NEWS: RECORDING

Right On! DW3’s “Truth” Is Spreading Fast

Right On! DW3’s “Truth” Is Spreading Fast

With an active summer festival season on the horizon, things are already heating up for the throwback R&B vocal group on the heels of a new album release and a hot radio single featuring Brian Culbertson. Los Angeles, CA: A twelve-song set of smooth old school soul strewn with modern day sensibilities, retro R&B vocal group DW3’s ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Rick Braun: can you feel it

Read "can you feel it" reviewed by Walter Atkins



Celebrated trumpeter Rick Braun's release can you feel it is aptly titled. The veteran purveyor of the smooth jazz sound does not disappoint on his latest offering. Some of Braun's musical friends on this eleven song collection include: Brian Culbertson-piano, Euge Goove-tenor sax, Jeff Lorber-keyboards and guitar, Dave Koz-tenor sax, and Nate Phillips-bass.

NEWS: RECORDING

Jazz Royalty “Open Up” “The Vault” To Help Departed Friend’s Family

Jazz Royalty “Open Up” “The Vault” To Help Departed Friend’s Family

New single from the late guitarist Jeff Golub debuts in the Billboard Top 20 ahead of Tuesday’s album release with sales benefitting The Golub family. New York, NY: A few days prior to New Year’s Day, the day guitarist Jeff Golub passed away at age 59, his frequent collaborators Steven Miller, Rick Braun and Bud Harner put the ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Brian Simpson: Out of A Dream

Read "Out of A Dream" reviewed by Jeff Winbush

Some records not only desire your attention, they demand it. Think of Miles or Trane or Mingus and think of just puttering around the house as the music plays. It can't be done. The grandmasters of jazz made music that required it be heard and not merely listened to.

Out of A Dream is ...