By Britt Bickel

With the huge success and fan reception of the Summer Horns album and tour in 2013, Dave Koz and friends Mindi Abair, Gerald Albright and Richard Elliot are returning as the sax foursome for another tour in 2014.

According to Dave Koz’s official website, the foursome will go on tour in North America next summer, as well as appear on board the Dave Koz and Friends at Sea cruise to Alaska in September. The complete tour dates have yet to be announced.

Various special guests are also set to join the Summer Horns throughout the tour, including trumpeter Rick Braun, trombonist Brian Culbertson, and vocalists Michael McDonald, Jeffrey Osborne and Jonathan Butler.

Speaking to The WAVE’s Pat Prescott last August, Koz explained how the inception of Summer Horns came about, saying the project, which pays tribute to iconic horn sections, “just came alive so effortlessly.”

“This has been one of those great tours that happen very rarely where just everything just seems to fall into place,” Koz added in the interview. “Great personalities, great music to play, and that’s what the thing is, we all share – the four of us – truly share a respect for the music we’re playing, which is all a celebration of horns sections.”

The Summer Horns album was recently nominated for a GRAMMY award for Best Pop Instrumental Album and spent five weeks at No. 1 on Billboard’s Current Contemporary Jazz Albums chart.

To watch The WAVE’s exclusive inside look Summer Horns’ 2013 album and tour, click here.


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