Celebrating its 19th year, join our friend Jim “Fitz” Fitzgerald of CV 104.3FM and the McCallum for a perfect blend of artists this season.
Shows In This Series
Dave Koz 20th Anniversary Christmas Tour
With Special Guests David Benoit, Rick Braun and Peter White and introducing Selina Albright
Two decades ago, GRAMMY® nominee Dave Koz – a nice Jewish boy – launched his first-ever Christmas tour. Now, fans and families across the country await his arrival with the kind of anticipation formerly reserved for St. Nick himself, earning the saxophonist extraordinaire the nickname “Santa Koz.”
This year’s 20th anniversary tour promises to be extra-special, reuniting Koz with two members of the original lineup – David Benoit and Peter White – and Rick Braun, a guest on many of Dave’s holiday jaunts, dating back to the early years. Newcomer Selina Albright will also join in the festivities. Together, the five remarkable artists will perform fresh renditions of Christmas classics as well as a Chanukah medley and hits from their respective catalogs.
“By all rights, smooth jazz should own the holiday season, and the saxophonist Dave Koz is better positioned than anyone to make it so,” observed The New York Times while The El Paso Times said, “Some might say it wouldn't be Christmas without Santa, but in El Paso, it's not Christmas until Dave Koz comes to town.”
Koz has logged nine No. 1 albums on Billboard’s Current Contemporary Jazz Album chart, including 2015’s Collaborations: 25th Anniversary Collection (Concord Records), and received nine GRAMMY nominations. His five holiday albums include 2014’s The 25th of December. Pianist David Benoit is a three-time GRAMMY nominee who has released 35 albums, scored several films and conducted such symphonies as the Los Angeles Philharmonic and the London Symphony Orchestra. Trumpet maestro Rick Braun has racked up more than 20 No. 1 singles and is also known for his work with RnR and the powerhouse trio BWB. One of the most versatile and prolific acoustic guitarists on the contemporary jazz landscape, Peter White has had numerous No. 1 songs on Billboard’s Smooth Jazz Songs chart and is featured on tour mate Rick Braun’s latest hit, “We Don’t Talk Anymore.” Selina Albright’s 2013 EP, Brighter, topped the UK Soul Chart for four weeks and her new full-length album, Conversations, is out now. She has collaborated with the renowned DJ duo Manufactured Superstars and has appeared on Gerald Albright's GRAMMY-nominated projects, dating back to 1997.
Presented through the generosity of Wayne and Miriam Prim
The McCallum Theatre welcomes back Grammy Award-winning American R&B vocalist/songwriter Lisa Fischer who was “rediscovered” through her memorable appearance in the Oscar-winning documentary, 20 Feet from Stardom. While her name hasn’t always been on the marquee, she has toured with the Rolling Stones, Sting, Chris Botti and Nine Inch Nails and recorded backup for the likes of Tina Turner, Chaka Khan, Beyonce, Dolly Parton, Alicia Keyes, Aretha Franklin, George Benson, Jackie Evancho, and many others.
Grammy Award-winning vocalist Steve Tyrell has reinvented and re-popularized classic pop standards for a modern audience. Known for his rich voice and unique phrasings, Tyrell has been a McCallum Theatre regular for more than fifteen years. “Steve Tyrell has one of the most gratifying Cinderella stories in present day popular music. Nine albums later, Tyrell is one of the main contemporary purveyors of standards on the pop landscape.”
– Los Angeles Times
Presented through the generosity of Jim Houston and Patricia Bosley
Canadian singer, trumpeter, and songwriter Bria Skonberg is described by The Wall Street Journal as one of the “most versatile and imposing musicians of her generation.” Wielding a unique blend of modern-day pop sensibility and sizzling musicianship, Skonberg creates music that is both curious and exotic, playing with tension and storytelling. Elite jazz chops, artfully mixed with worldly rhythms and contemporary songwriting, result in a sophisticated pop sound closely resembling that of Michael Bublé, Diana Krall, and Harry Connick Jr.
Antônio Carlos Jobim was a Brazilian composer, pianist, songwriter, arranger and singer who was a primary force behind the creation of the bossa nova style, and his songs have been performed by many singers and instrumentalists. The McCallum favorite John Pizzarelli pays tribute to Jobim in a concert that will have you doing the samba in the aisles.
Fitz’s Jazz Café at the McCallum Subscriptions
Fitz’s Jazz Café at the McCallum – Five ShowsDave Koz 20th Anniversary Christmas Tour - Tuesday, December 19, 8:00 pm
Lisa Fischer - Saturday, February 24, 8:00 pm
Steve Tyrell - Tuesday, March 13, 8:00 pm
Bria Skonberg - Saturday, March 17, 8:00 pm
John Pizzarelli - Sunday, April 8, 7:00 pm