By Bob Grossweiner and Jane Cohen Saxophonist Dave Koz will again be hitting the concert trail for 23 concerts in 22 citiies with his...

By Bob Grossweiner and Jane Cohen

Saxophonist Dave Koz will again be hitting the concert trail for 23 concerts in 22 citiies with his smooth jazz hits and holiday favorites.

The Dave Koz and Friends: A Smooth Jazz Christmas 10th Anniversary Tour With Special Guests Jonathan Butler, Wayman Tisdale and Kimberley Locke launches Nov. 23 in Lake Tahoe, CA and concludes with a two-night stand at Southern California’s Cerritos Center on Dec. 22. Butler and former NBA All-Star-turned bassist Tisdale have joined Koz on previous jaunts, but this marks vocalist Locke’s first tour with him. Locke first garnered widespread attention as one of the top three finalists on “American Idol’s” second season. Brian Simpson will be the tour’s music director.

This year’s tour has a special twist: Koz will also perform selections from his latest album, “At The Movies,” which topped Billboard’s Contemporary Jazz chart for most of the summer, claiming the #1 spot for 12 weeks. In addition, Dave and his guests will play hits from their respective catalogues, as well as a variety of Christmas/holiday standards, including selections from his new holiday CD, “Memories Of A Winter’s Night,” which is scheduled for release on Sept. 18. The CD features the Koz-penned title track plus 12 holiday standards.

Dave Koz and Friends: A Smooth Jazz Christmas 10th Anniversary Tour With Special Guests Jonathan Butler, Wayman Tisdale & Kimberley Locke:

11/23 Lake Tahoe, CA; Hyatt Regency Lake Tahoe
11/24 Tacoma, WA; Temple Theatre
11/26 Baltimore, MD; Hippodrome Theatre
11/28 Reading, PA; Scottish Rite Cathedral PAC
11/29 Sewell, NJ; Commerce Bank Arts Center
11/30 Morristown, NJ; Community Theatre
12/1 Melbourne, FL; King Center for Performing Arts
12/2 Naples, FL; Philharmonic Center for the Arts
12/3 Clearwater, FL; Ruth Eckerd Hall
12/4 Ft. Lauderdale, FL; AuRene Theatre
12/5 Sarasota, FL; Van Wezel
12/7 New York, NY; Beacon Theatre
12/8 Columbus, OH; Palace Theatre
12/9 Chicago, IL; Chicago Theatre
12/11 Cleveland, OH; Playhouse Square
12/12 Detroit, MI; Music Hall
12/13 Temecula, CA; Pechanga Resort and Casino
12/14 San Diego, CA; Copely Symphony Hall
12/15 Oakland, CA; Paramount Theatre
12/16 Denver, CO; Paramount Theatre
12/19 Mesa, AZ Ikeda Theatre
12/21 Cerritos, CA; Cerritos Center
12/22 Cerritos, CA; Cerritos Center