Koz, opening the festival at Homewood Mountain Resort in Homewood, Calif., at 7 p.m., will be touring solo this summer for the first time in eight years, giving audience members a unique chance to see a quality one-man performance.
The platinum-selling artist has been a Lake Tahoe Music Festival mainstay in recent years, having mastered both the soprano and alto saxophones and occasionally playing the tenor and baritone.
But Koz’s nearly 20 years of show business success has been proven by the talents with whom he has been showcased, including Burt Bacharach, Ray Charles, Natalie Cole and Rod Stewart.
Dubbed the “Michael Jordan of smooth jazz because he brings everyone up to his level” by fellow musicians, Koz has received significant praise for his energetic performances. One reviewer from the San Francisco Chronicle explained Koz “exudes boundless energy onstage and makes working hard look easy.”
Koz’s numerous chart topping singles include “White Christmas,” “You Make Me Smile” and “Careless Whisper,” but his Homewood performance will include hits from his most recent Grammy-nominated album “At the Movies,” which will include “Moon River,” “The Shadow of Your Smile” and “It Might Be You.”
It was “At the Movies” that earned Koz eight weeks atop the Billboard’s Top Contemporary chart, making way for his entrance into the Best Pop Instrumental Album category at the Grammys.
And according to previous interviews with the San Francisco Chronicle, Koz draws musical influences from jazz musicians Tom Scott, David Sanborn and Stan Getz and lives for live performances.
“It’s because of the immediacy,” Koz told The Chronicle. “You know where you stand with every note.”
Tickets cost $30 and $50 and can be purchased at the Lake Tahoe Music Festival Web site at www.tahoemusic.org/default.aspx.
The Dave Koz concert will be held in an outdoor amphitheater at Homewood Mountain Resort. For those with lawn seats, low-back chairs or blankets are suggested.
The three-week festival will run on a Thursday and Saturday schedule, also featuring:
• July 19 – Christian Scott Quintet with Reno Philharmonic Orchestra, Homewood Mountain Resort, 7 p.m., $50, $25, $15
• July 24 – Chris Botti, Tahoe Donner, 7 p.m., $55 and $30
• July 26 – Euge Groove and Strunz and Farah, Homewood Mountain Resort, 7 p.m., $50, $25, $15
• July 31 – Dave Mason and Jim Messina, Alpine Meadows, 7 p.m., $50, $25, $15
• Aug. 2 – Broadway Night with Sal Viviano and Rachel York and the Reno Philharmonic Orchestra, Tahoe Donner, 7 p.m., $50 and $25
• Aug. 7 – Big Bad Voodoo Daddy and Sophie Milman, West End Beach at Donner Lake, 7 p.m., $55 and $30
• Aug. 9 – White Nights Finale with Jeffrey Biegel and the Reno Philharmonic Orchestra, Homewood Mountain Resort, 7 p.m., $50, $25 and $15