Dave Koz and Friends Christmas Tour 2013
By Kim Johnson
As the seasons change and our warm California weather shifts into a dewy display of Autumn mist, some seemingly intrinsic chords for merriment are struck within ourselves. The holidays have arrived, and the time for festive offerings and expressions of joyous traditions have begun. There are several varying ways one may find themselves celebrating the holidays, from alternative renditions of common Christmas fixtures to one chockfull of traditional touches. For saxophonist Dave Koz and his musically inclined friends, the obvious place to begin getting in the celebratory holiday spirit is with music. Koz is a six-time Grammy Award winner whose skills have been utilized by acts such as U2, Ray Charles, Natalie Cole, Richard Marx, Gladys Knight and Donnie Osmond. Dave Koz and Friends will be making a two-day appearance at the Cerritos Center for the Performing Arts. Koz will be joined by an exquisitely decorated collective of artists including vocal talent Oleta Adams, singer- guitarist Jonathan Butler and chart-topping keyboardist Keiko Matsui. Each musician has had their talents praised and acknowledged by multiple platforms and publications, including several Grammy nods, acclaim by Billboard Magazine as well as admiration by Rolling Stone Magazine. So whether you’re a true fan of smooth jazz or you just have an appreciation for really great music, be sure to celebrate the holidays at this star-studded event.
Cerritos Center for the Performing Arts, 12700 Center Court Dr., Cerritos, (562) 467-8818; www.cerritoscenter.com. $50-$95.