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  • Diana Krall Announces Rescheduled US Dates and album release


    Five-time GRAMMY® Award-winning jazz pianist and world renowned singer, Diana Krall is pleased to announce the rescheduled U.S. tour dates for her “Wallflower World Tour” which had been previously postponed after a case of pneumonia. Krall’s highly anticipated new album “Wallflower” was also postponed for release and is now confirmed to come out on Verve Records on February 3, 2015. To pre-order Wallflower please click HERE.

    Krall’s “Wallflower World Tour” will kick off in Boston, MA on Wednesday, February 25th at The Shubert Theater. The 26-city tour includes stops at some of the most prestigious venues across the country including The Shubert Theater in Boston and The Beacon Theater in New York.  For specific/local on sale information, please check  

  • Marion Meadows New Video

    Marion Meadows is having a busy year. In addition to his new album, Soul Traveler, he will be joining Maxwell on his inaugural cruise along with a who’s who of artists!

    Maxwell + The 7 Seas cruise sets sail this May and features some of the most beautiful locales in the Caribbean: CocoCay, St. Thomas and St. Maarten.

    Watch the video for Marion's new single "Humanity" now on YouTube.

  • Jeff Golub Memorial Concert

    After a long battle with a degenerative brain disease, guitarist Jeff Glub passed away today in New York.

    Celebrate his life and music with a special All-Star Memorial Concert at B.B. Kings Blues Club & Grill in New York City’s Times Square on Wednesday, January 21, 2015 at 8pm. Proceeds will benefit Jeff's family.

    Featuring performances by:

    Mindi Abair
    Rick Braun
    Randy Brecker
    Henry Butler
    Christopher Cross
    Mark Egan
    Richard Elliot
    Bill Evans
    Steve Ferrone
    Dave Koz
    Chuck Loeb
    Philippe Saisse
    Kirk Whalum

    Tony Beard, Steve Barbuto, Lionel Cordew, Josh Dion, Mitch Forman, Tony Garnier, Conrad Korsch, Jeff Levine, Sammy Merendino, Jason Miles, Gil Parris, Shawn Pelton, John Pondel, Jon Pousette-Dart, John Putnam, Larry Saltzman, Roger Squitero, Jonny Rosch, & Kenny White

    TICKETS General Admission: $45 ($55 day of show, if available) / VIP Booths Available: $65/ticket (Must purchase full booth for 4 or 6; tickets $75 day of show) Click here for more show info.

    CLICK HERE to find out how you can help Jeff's family.

    For those interested in learning more about PSP, the best resource is


  • Jeff Golub loses battle with rare disease

    Guitarist Jeff Golub passed away today, after suffering from a very rare disease called Progressive Supranuclear Palsy, or "PSP." PSP is a progressively degenerative brain disease that has no treatment or cure.

    Born in 1955, Jeff Golub studied music at the prestigious Berklee School of Music in Boston. He has released 11 solo albums as well as 3 CDs as the leader of the instrumental band Avenue Blue. His most recent album was 2013’s “Train Keeps A Rolling” with Brian Auger. The contemporary jazz and blues guitarist is also well known for his work with Billy Squier as well as Rod Stewart, performing with Stewart on four albums and five world tours. After suddenly losing his sight in 2011, Jeff continued to perform through 2013 and then began to experience a rapid health decline.

    A Special All-Star Benefit Show had been scheduled on Wednesday, January 21, 2015 at 8pm, to benefit the ailing guitarist and his family. A stellar line up of musicians will perform in the Friends of Jeff Golub All-Star Benefit Concert at B.B. Kings Blues Club & Grill in New York City’s Times Square.  Click here for more information about the show.

    CLICK HERE to find out how you can help Jeff's family.

    For those interested in learning more about PSP, the best resource is

  • Grammy Nominees

    The nominees have been announced for the 57th Annual GRAMMY Awards in 82 of 83 categories. The Album of the Year nominees will be announced tonight on "A Very GRAMMY Christmas" on CBS at 9–10 p.m. ET/PT.

    Nominees include:

    Stanley Clarke  “Last Train To Sanity”  from “UP”  BEST INSTRUMENTAL COMPOSITION
    Pharrell Williams  “Happy” BEST POP SOLO PERFORMANCE
    Pharrell Williams  “Happy”  BEST MUSIC VIDEO
    Sam Smith  “Stay With Me”  RECORD OF THE YEAR
    Sam Smith  “Stay With Me”  SONG OF THE YEAR
    Sam Smith  “Stay With Me”  BEST POP SOLO PERFORMANCE
    Sam Smith  “In The Lonely Hour”  BEST POP VOCAL ALBUM
    Sam Smith  BEST NEW ARTIST
    Tony Bennett / Lady Gaga “Cheek To Cheek” BEST TRADITIONAL POP PERFORMANCE
    Dianne Reeves “Beautiful Life”  BEST JAZZ VOCAL ALBUM

    For a full list of nominees, visit

  • Spaghettini and the Dave Koz Lounge-Opens tomorrow

    Spaghettini and the Dave Koz Lounge opens tomorrow in Beverly Hills with a speciall performance by Richard Elliot! Other artists scheduled to perform this month include Eric Benet, Michael Lington, Gerald Albright, Kenny Lattimore and more. For a complete calendar of events, please visit:


  • Free Kenny G MP3 download

    Get a free MP3 download of “Bossa Real” now at "Bossa Real" is the first single off "Brazilian Nights," Kenny's new album due out January 27th, 2015. Get exclusive "Brazilian Nights" deluxe album bundles and holiday packages now in the Kenny G store:

  • Dave Koz donates over $100,000 to Starlight Children's Foundation

    Starlight Children’s Foundation, a leading global charity that partners with experts to improve the life and health of kids and families around the world, presented awards to RJ Mitte, the Koz Family, Ido Leffler and CBS EcoMedia at the 2014 Starlight Awards. More than 400 people attended the gala event at the historic Vibiana in downtown Los Angeles. The gala benefit celebrated philanthropists, innovators and leaders who play an important role supporting Starlight’s mission.

    RJ Mitte (“Breaking Bad,” “Switched at Birth”) received the charity’s inaugural Starbright World® Inspiration Award; the Koz family including Grammy-nominated saxophonist and radio host Dave Koz, businesswoman and philanthropist Roberta Koz Wilson (Audrey’s/Cookies for a Koz), entrepreneur, composer and producer Jeff Koz and the family’s late, inspirational matriarch Audrey Koz – were honored with the Founder Award; social entrepreneur Ido Leffler (Co-founder of Yes To Inc., and Co-founder and CEO of Yoobi) was presented with the Innovator Award; and CBS EcoMedia was the 2014 recipient of the General H. Norman Schwarzkopf Leadership Award.

    At the ceremony, Dave Koz, Jeff Koz and Roberta Koz Wilson presented Starlight with a check totaling $117,000. The funds were raised through a silent auction aboard the second annual Dave Koz & Friends at Sea Alaskan cruise this past September and the sales of Koz Wines and Audrey’s Cookies/Cookies for Koz. The Koz family, including the late Audrey Koz, the family’s matriarch and long-time Starlight supporter, were honored with the Founder Award. Dave Koz said, “I’ve gotten back way more than I could ever possibly give to Starlight. The kids I have met through Starlight taught me the power of perseverance and positive thinking in overcoming my own challenges, and they inspire me every day to approach my life the way they approach theirs. I’ve found that investing in Starlight is investing in these amazing children. If you can lift one spirit up with a toy, or a few minutes diversion on a Starlight Tablet or Fun Center unit, you might just be able to change the world, giving these children the wings to become the amazing vibrant human beings we know they can be.”

    To learn more, visit

    , and follow Starlight on Facebook at StarlightChildrensFoundation and on Twitter @StarlightOnline.

  • Dave Koz wants you to be in his next video

    Dave Koz is creating a fan-made music video for his new song “All You Need is Love”. All you have to do is upload a video of yourself singing and dancing to the track “All You Need is Love”, featuring Eric Benet, Johnny Mathis, Heather Headley, Richard Marx, Jonathan Butler, Maysa, BeBe Winans, Gloria Estefan and Stevie Wonder off of Dave’s new album, The 25th of December. The most unique video submissions will be edited together to capture the essence of this reimaging of the iconic Beatles tune.

    For complete details, and a message from Dave, please visit

  • Soul Train Award Nominees

    New Artist Vandell Andrew's has been nominated for a BET/Soul Train Award for Best Contemporary Jazz Artist for his
    breakthrough album "Let's Ride. Other nominees include:


    Best Contemporary Jazz Performance
    Liv Warfield – “Stay – ‘Soul Lifted’”
    Najee feat. Meli’sa Morgan – “In the Mood to Take It Slow”
    Robert Glasper feat. Jill Scott – “Calls”
    Snarky Puppy – “Lingus (We Like It Here)”
    Terrace Martin feat. Robert Glasper – “It’s Yours”
    Vandell Andrew – “Let’s Ride”

    The Soul Train Awards will be hosted by Wendy Williams and will air on BET on Nov 30th at 8pm.  For a full list of nominees, visit

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