Dave Koz's Ultimate Christmas Collection, Featuring 18 Holiday Classics, is Out Today

Dave Koz and Friends Christmas Tour 2011 With Special Guests Rick Braun, Jonathan Butler and Candy Dulfer Launches November 25

Oct 18, 2011, 15:38 ET from Capitol/EMI

HOLLYWOOD, Calif., Oct. 18, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Ultimate Christmas, featuring 18 holiday songs performed by Dave Koz, was released today by Capitol/EMI. The collection features the six-time GRAMMY® Award nominee's renditions of such perennial holiday classics as "The Christmas Song," "Winter Wonderland," "Deck The Halls," "O Tannenbaum (O Christmas Tree)" and "Hark! The Herald Angels Sing" plus "White Christmas" featuring Kelly Sweet and "Please Come Home for Christmas" featuring Kimberley Locke. The songs were hand-picked from Dave's three previous holiday albums – December Makes Me Feel This Way, A Smooth Jazz Christmas and Memories of a Winter's Night. Koz also recorded two brand new instrumentals for Ultimate Christmas: "Welcoming the Season (Prelude)" and "Welcoming the New Year (Coda)."

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Dave Koz and Friends Christmas Tour 2011 kicks off on November 25th (the day after Thanksgiving) at Cobb Energy Performing Arts Center in Atlanta, GA. Trumpeter/composer/producer Rick Braun, South African singer/guitarist Jonathan Butler and Dutch saxophone star Candy Dulfer will join Koz for the 14th anniversary of the tour. The four will perform hits from their respective catalogues and jam on new arrangements of holiday favorites. See below for itinerary.

"[Koz] works extremely hard at engaging his audience. His showmanship, in fact, is impeccable," said The Times of London. The Palm Beach Post called last year's Christmas tour "downright uplifting and energizing" while the El Paso Times observed: ""El Paso's love affair with Dave Koz, and his with us, showed no signs of letting up…as Koz and his latest touring companions lit up the Plaza Theatre like a Christmas tree."

Dave's latest studio album, Hello Tomorrow, debuted at No. 1 on both Billboard's Top Contemporary Jazz Albums chart and iTunes' Jazz Album chart and was named the "Best Smooth Jazz Album of 2010" by iTunes. Hailed as "an event record" by The New York Times, it features "Put The Top Down," which spent 18 weeks at No. 1 on the Mediabase Smooth A/C chart (the longest stint at No. 1 of any of Koz's chart-topping hits), the Top 5 hit "Start All Over Again" featuring vocalist Dana Glover and Dave's version of the Burt Bacharach-Hal David classic "This Guy's In Love With You," which hit No. 1 on the Breakouts for Hot Dance Club Play chart. "Anything's Possible," Koz's latest single, was also a #1 hit record.

Track listing – Ultimate Christmas

  1. Welcoming the Season (Prelude)
  2. Santa Claus Is Coming to Town
  3. The Christmas Song
  4. Sleigh Ride
  5. White Christmas
  6. Winter Wonderland
  7. Hark! The Herald Angels Sing
  8. Little Drummer Boy
  9. Please Come Home For Christmas  
  10. Silver Bells
  11. Eight Candles (A Song For Hanukkah)
  12. Deck the Halls
  13. Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas
  14. O Tannenbaum (O Christmas Tree)
  15. Silent Night
  16. I'll Be Home For Christmas
  17. Auld Lang Syne
  18. Welcoming The New Year (Coda)

Dave Koz and Friends Christmas Tour 2011 

With Special Guests Rick Braun, Jonathan Butler and Candy Dulfer


Atlanta, GA

Cobb Energy Performing Arts Center


Sarasota, FL

Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall


West Palm Beach, FL

Raymond F. Kravis Center for the Arts – Dreyfoos Hall


Naples, FL

Philharmonic Center for the Arts


Melbourne, FL

Maxwell C. King Center


Clearwater, FL

Ruth Eckerd Hall


Chicago, IL

Auditorium Theatre


Columbus, OH

Palace Theatre


Cleveland, OH

Playhouse Square


North Bethesda, MD

Strathmore Music Center


Newport News, VA

Ferguson Center for the Arts


New Brunswick, NJ

State Theatre


Temecula, CA

Pechanga Resort and Casino


Oakland, CA

Paramount Theatre


Mesa, AZ

Mesa Arts Center/Ikeda Theatre


Palm Desert, CA

McCallum Theatre for the Performing Arts


Cerritos, CA

Cerritos Center for the Performing Arts


Cerritos, CA

Cerritos Center for the Performing Arts


El Paso, TX

Plaza Theatre Performing Arts Center


Santa Barbara, CA

The Granada Theatre


Modesto, CA

Gallo Center for the Arts


Santa Rosa, CA

Wells Fargo Center for the Arts


San Diego, CA

Balboa Theatre