- 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, visitwww.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
- Diana Krall Cancels Fall Tour Dates Due To Illness
Due to ongoing complications brought on by a case of pneumonia, five-time Grammy© Award-winning jazz pianist and singer Diana Krall has been forced to postpone her scheduled album release, and US Fall Tour. Diana Krall’s new studio album “Wallflower” (Verve Records) was due for North American release on October 21st and the US leg of her “Wallflower World Tour” was to kick off in Phoenix, AZ on November 7th. “Wallflower” is now set for release on Verve Records on February 3, 2015.
“I’m deeply saddened that I will have to postpone the release of my new album ‘Wallflower” and the “Wallflower U.S Fall Tour” until next year. I’ve been battling a case of pneumonia and am under doctor’s orders to rest for the next few months in order to regain my strength and good health.
Performing is both a privilege and a joy for me. When I go out on stage I want to be able to give it everything. Taking this time to rest and recuperate will allow me to do that. It is frustrating to be so close to the record release and have to delay but I am very proud of this record and want to be able to give you all my very best when we finally present this music to you. Thank you so much for your understanding.” – Diana Krall
New tour dates for the “Wallflower World Tour” will be announced in the coming weeks. Please visit www.dianakrall.com for more information.
- Independant musician Greg Adams invites you to support smooth jazz
Support Smooth Jazz by being part of the Greg Adams' and East Bay Soul Kickstarter campaign. "As an independent artist I have seen the business of making music reinvent itself and I know than crowd funding is much more than just raising funds", says Greg. "One of the greatest things that happens is that we are building a community and connecting with people who love music enough to support its creation. We have some some pretty cool rewards to thank you for your support! We can’t do this without you!"
For more information, and to see a personal video message from the band, visit:
- David Sanborn on Tour- Hawaii and more!
Multi Grammy Award winning Saxophonist David Sanborn will perform for one night only at The Magic of Polynesia Showroom, in Honolulu, Hawaii. This will be truly a magical performance from one of the greatest Saxmen in the history of Jazz, R&B and Pop music.
In his three-and-a-half decade career, Sanborn has released over 25 solo albums, won six Grammy awards and has had eight gold albums and one platinum album. His music is funky, sultry and emotional and you will never forget your evening with this legendary saxophone superstar. Also featuring one of the greatest contemporary keyboardists in the world Ricky Peterson, who is also a recording artist in his own right, and backed up by a hot band form Los Angeles California.
For more information, visit tix.com.
For a full list of his tour dates, visit : http://www.davidsanborn.com/gigs.html