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  • 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:

    Mindi Abair  “Wild Heart”  BEST CONTEMPORARY INSTRUMENTAL ALBUM
    Gerald Albright  “Slam Dunk” BEST CONTEMPORARY INSTRUMENTAL ALBUM
    Nathan East  “Nathan East”  BEST CONTEMPORARY INSTRUMENTAL ALBUM
    Jeff Lorber, Chuck Loeb, Everette Harp  “JAZZ FUNK SOUL”  BEST CONTEMPORARY INSTRUMENTAL ALBUM
    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 Grammy.com
     

  • 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: http://www.spaghettinibh.com/

     

  • Free Kenny G MP3 download

    Get a free MP3 download of “Bossa Real” now at http://www.kennyg.com. "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: http://found.ee/KGBrazilD2C.

  • 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

    www.starlight.org

    , 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 DaveKoz.com.

  • 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 Billboard.com.

  • A Peter White Christmas with Mindi Abair and Rick Braun

    Get into the spirit of the holidays with A Peter White Christmas featuring Mindi Abair and Rick Braun. Their holiday tour begins on November 26th includes stops all over the U.S. including December 13th -- Mattie Kelly Arts Center--Niceville, FL.

    For a full list of tour dates, please visit Peter White's website.

  • Spend New Year's Eve with Tony Bennett and Lady Gaga

    Ring in 2015 with Tony Bennett and Lady Gaga at The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas.  They will perform songs from their new album Cheek to Cheek at The Chelsea, continuing into the New Year with a countdown commemorating the midnight hour. Tickets go on sale on October 10th. For complete information, visit The Cosmopolitan Website.

     

  • B.B. King cancels tour

    B.B. King is currently recovering at home, after collapsing at a show in Chicago on Friday. According to his website, Mr. King was suffering from exhaustion and dehydration and was forced to cancel the remaining dates of his tour. The 89-year-old legend is feeling better and thanked fans for their support.

  • Tony Bennett is #1

    Congratulations to Tony Bennett and Lady Gaga, as their new album Cheek To Cheek debuts at #1 on Billboard’s Top 200 Albums chart! Tony has several performances scheduled through out October. See the full list at: https://www.tonybennett.com/tour.php

     

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