Dave Koz and Friend for Christmas
Dave Koz and Friend for Christmas on December 3 at 7:30 at Ruth Eckerd Hall. Chart-topping, GRAMMY®-nominated saxophonist Dave Koz returns to Ruth Eckerd Hall this holiday season with the 22nd annual Dave Koz and Friends Christmas Tour 2019. Joining Dave will be: South African guitarist/singer Jonathan Butler, who has accompanied Dave on numerous Christmas outings; GRAMMY®-winning singer-songwriter Melissa Manchester, known for such mega-hits as “Midnight Blue” and “Don’t Cry Out Loud”; Copenhagen-born jazz/soul saxophonist Michael Lington and special guest Chris Walker, singer, bassist and former musical director for Al Jarreau. Koz and Friends will perform fresh renditions of timeless Christmas classics—as well as a Chanukah medley!—and hits from their respective catalogues.
Fun Fact: Though Dave Koz is mostly known for playing the sexy sax, he’s had a successful career in radio too!
The weekly, two-hour “The Dave Koz Radio Show,” which is internationally syndicated, has been airing uninterrupted for 25 years. He also does “The Dave Koz Lounge” on Sundays on SiriusXM and said he enjoys doing both programs because he feels it helps give a platform for contemporary jazz artists, especially those just breaking into the scene, to really share their stories.
“I’m a bit of a cheerleader for the music and the musicians who make it and I love that,” he said. “I love interviewing brand new artists and some of the biggest icons in the business. I was interviewing George Benson, who is one of heroes, and because of our schedules we were taping on our respective sides and not in the same room.
“I’ve shared the stage with this man several times and I was doing my best to warm him up and he’s giving me one- and two-word answers. I wasn’t getting anything and all of a sudden he goes, ‘Is this the Dave Koz that plays the sax?’ I said, ‘George, yes, it’s me!’ And then I couldn’t get him to shut up. There’s something about having two peers talking and you’re speaking a familiar language and everyone lets their guard down and that’s really why the show works.”
Pre-show Party Packages are available and include a premium seat, access to party lounge including high-end appetizers, dessert & coffee, plus one beer, wine or soda, beginning 2 hours prior to show time. Artist does not appear at party. The Dave Koz 2019 Christmas Tour VIP Experience are also available. Get in the holiday spirit by joining Dave’s cozy pre-show Meet & Greet! Take a photograph with Dave and participate in an intimate Q&A session. Make this year’s holiday memorable and join Dave’s 2019
Christmas Tour VIP Experience!
• Premium Seat Ticket
• Intimate Q&A with Dave Koz
• Meet & Greet with Dave Koz
• A Photograph with Dave Koz
• An Autographed VIP Laminate
• A Special Christmas Gift from Dave
Note there are a very limited number of spaces available. Each VIP guest must have a seat ticket to join the Meet & Greet. This Meet & Greet event takes place prior to the show. Please note: you must be able to arrive 1 hour and 45 minutes prior to show time. The VIP event begins promptly 1 hour and 30 minutes prior to show time. You will receive a VIP itinerary approximately 3 days prior to the show with the necessary details. If you haven’t received an email by the day prior to show, please call the ticket office at 727-791-7400, as we can’t be responsible for spam blockers or incorrect email addresses. Content courtesy of Ruth Eckerd Hall and the Dave Koz band .