By Allie Kubu for The Island Connection
If you listen closely through the summer swelter, robust, sweet harmonies will rush across the channel when the talented, ever-present Dave Koz performs as part of the Summer Horns Tour at the Lowcountry Jazz Festival on September 1 in Charleston. This melodious ensemble consisting of the legend himself Dave Koz, Gerald Albright (saxophone), Rick Braun (trumpet), Kenny Lattimore (vocals), and Aubrey Logan (vocals and trombone) will allow each soloist to take a trip back to their roots in horn sectionals, especially Koz who calls himself a naturalborn collaborator, thriving on the creative energy of his counterparts.
During Dave’s successful career of over thirty-years, he received nine Grammy nominations, produced twenty-one albums (eleven of which were number one on the Contemporary Jazz Charts), was honored with an NAACP Image Award, and received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. Before that, Koz dabbled in torturous piano lessons and drums he didn’t excel at, before finally finding a home in his alto-saxophone at William Howard Taft High School in the jazz band.
From playing his first show with his older brother Jeff, who is also a musician, to supporting American singer and songwriter Bobby Cadwell on tour, and then a lucky break with keyboardist and composer Jeff Lorber who gave Koz the confidence to pursue his passion in a solo career, Koz’s gift of music added texture to his life.
Perhaps best known for his thirteen consecutively sold-out Dave Koz & Friends At Sea cruises which travel around the world encouraging guests to “see the world through music,” family-man Dave Koz doesn’t shy away from making a difference in someone’s life when not performing. As part of his wildly successful project, over a million dollars was raised for the Starlight Children’s Foundation, a program which houses families of terminally ill children.
It’s difficult not to enjoy the adaptability of Koz’s musical prowess: bandleader for The Emeril Lagasse Show, a talk-show host on The Dave Koz Radio Show, a brief stint on Desperate Housewives, and two songs utilized as the soundtrack for General Hospital for over ten years, Dave Koz isn’t one you’ll want to miss this summer with works from the 2013 album Dave Koz & Friends Summer Horns and Summer Horns II From A to Z.
Gleaning inspiration in unlikely places, the stage is where Dave Koz feels most alive because for him it’s not about the glory, it’s about the fans and their infectious energy. The audiences’ smiles instill a sense of euphoria in Koz, which can be felt shooting out of his saxophone, delivering an auditory experience for the books. Check out “Deep Dive” for a sneak peak of their feel good, buoyant sounds which are sure to light up the Lowcountry on September 1st. And after the summer heat has died down, check out his newest Christmas album in the works “Gifts of the Season.”
For more information and to purchase tickets visit lowcountryjazzfest.com.